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14th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Library Exhibition

February 1 – March 31, 2014
John Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

Featuring items courtesy of:

Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies
San Jose State University
San Jose, California

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections
University of Virginia Library
Charlottesville, Virginia

Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

Redwood Library
Newport, Rhode Island

Professor Mel Topf
Roger Williams University

Sponsored by: The Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Library Fund

Prepared by:
Professor Christine S. Fagan, Collection Management Librarian
with assistance from Lindsey Gumb and Liz Hanes
Roger Williams University Libraries

Featured Items:

  • Facsimilies of selections from Steinbeck's original handwritten manuscript of The Grapes of Wrath
  • First edition of The Grapes of Wrath published by The Viking Press (1939)
  • Cover art from various translations of The Grapes of Wrath set with selected quotations from Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Grapes of Wrath original movie poster
  • Facsimilies of letters written by John Steinbeck
  • Farm Security Administration photographs of the Dust Bowl and migration to California
  • Photographs from The Migrant Project by Rick Nahmias documenting the plight of contemporary migrant farm workers in California
  • Line drawings and sculpture by Carol Steinbeck, first wife of John Steinbeck
  • Scrapbook of Carol Steinbeck with engraved wooden cover: "John Steinbeck Boy Casualty"
  • Steinbeck's Nobel Prize acceptance speech
  • John Steinbeck's obituary, The New York Times, December 21, 1968


Additional resources produced by the Library in support of this event include:
Selected titles located on the Featured Collection display case near the Bestsellers Collection