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Steinbeck Photo Archive and Cox-Manville Steinbeck Bibliography Now Online

The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San José State University is pleased to announce two digital resources for scholars.

Steinbeck Photo Archive

The Steinbeck Photo Archive, a collection of over 2,300 images related to John Steinbeck, has been updated and moved to a new location, The new system allows researchers to browse images and to search on fields including date, description,

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photographer, and Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH). During the migration process, the Center's staff updated all metadata, filling in missing fields and providing descriptions for all photos in the collection.

Cox-Manville Steinbeck Bibliography

The Cox-Manville Steinbeck Bibliography, available at, contains over eleven-thousand bibliographic citations of work published by or about John Steinbeck, making it the largest such database dedicated to a single American author. Work on the Bibliography began when the Center was formed in 1970s and has continued uninterrupted for nearly fifty years. Ongoing development is supported by an estate gift from the Center's founder, Dr. Martha Heasley Cox, who died in 2015. The Bibliography is named for Dr. Cox and the author Greta Manville, who served for many years as the Center's bibliographer.

For assistance with either of these resources, scholars are invited to contact the Center at or 408-808-2067.

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Steinbeck Research Fund Honors John Ditsky

Thanks to a generous donation from Mrs. C. Suzette Ditsky, emerging Steinbeck Scholars will be able to utilize the outstanding resources in the Ball State University Libraries. The Steinbeck Research Fund has been established in [End Page 138] honor of Mrs. Ditsky's late husband, John, who passed away on 15 May 2006. Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi, a longtime friend, said, "He was first and foremost a passionate and dedicated scholar, teacher, and mentor." Hayashi commented that the Research Fund was "established to honor Ditsky's long-established legacy of extending a helping hand to emerging Steinbeck scholars."


Recipients will spend a minimum of five days doing intensive research using the Steinbeck collections or other materials from the Ball State University Libraries. The results of this research must be submitted for publication in a professional, scholarly, Steinbeck-related journal, and/or presented at a Steinbeck conference, convention, or lecture at a university.


Applicants should submit two copies of a one- or two-page, double-spaced, Steinbeck-related research proposal, a curriculum vitae, and a completed application form (available soon at Send applications to Michael Szajewski, Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Bracken Library Room 210, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.

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Contact Dr. Michael Szajewski at

Contributions to the Fund

Send to Ball State University Foundation (include Fund No. 5112 on the check). [End Page 139]



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