Inventory of the George S. Pelton Papers, 1905-1914, bulk 1912-1914

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Inventory of the George S. Pelton Papers, 1905-1914, bulk 1912-1914

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
Processed by:
The Huntington Library staff
Date Completed:
April 1989
© 2000 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: George S. Pelton Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1905-1914,
Date (bulk): bulk 1912-1914
Creator: Pelton, George S.
Extent: 54 pieces
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from Dawson's, May 23, 1985.

Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George S. Pelton Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Biography

George S Pelton (fl. 1905-1915) was a businessman and investor who entered into agreements with Jack London and Joseph J Noel regarding the dramatic rights to The Sea Wolf. He also invested with Cecil B. DeMille in various productions of plays. These agreements and investments were all the subject of disputes, which are reflected in the correspondence contained in this collection.

Subject matter

  • 1. Jack London and disagreements with London and with Joseph J Noel over the sale of the rights to The Sea Wolf.
  • 2. Cecil Blount DeMille and George S Pelton's efforts to recover money advanced for plays that were never produced.

Persons represented by 5 or more persons:

 

DeMille, Cecil Blount.

 

4 letters (1912-1913), HM 50983-50986. 

 

2 documents (1912), HM 50987.

 

London, Jack.

 

2 manuscripts (ca. 1912 and ca. 1913), HM 50991-50992. 

 

4 letters (1905-1914), HM 50993-50996. 1 document (1906), HM 50997.

 

Noel, Joseph J.

 

4 manuscripts (1911-ca. 1914), HM 50999-51002. 

 

3 letters (1914), HM 51003-51005. 

 

2 documents (1908-1914), HM 51006-51007.

 

Pelton, George S.

 

21 letters and telegrams (1912-1914), HM 51009-51030. 

 

4 documents (1911-1914), HM 51031-51033.

Important or interesting items:

 

Bradstreet Company.

 

Private investigator's reports on the financial status of Jack London, 1913, September 27, and 1914, April 1. HM 50981-50982.

 

London, Jack.

 

The Judge: play; typescript, and carbon copy of early draft, (ca. 1912-ca. 1913), HM 50991-50992. 

Additional Note

Although the play was ascribed to Jack London, he repudiated it in a letter to George S Pelton, March 27, 1914, listed below.
 

London, Jack.

 

Letter (1914, March 27) to George S Pelton accusing Pelton and Joseph J Noel of double-crossing him over the sale of the rights to The Sea Wolf, HM 50995.

 

Noel, Joseph J.

 

Letters (1914, April 3 and May 10) to George S Pelton discussing Jack London and the Sea Wolf rights disagreement, HM 51004-51005.

 

Pelton, George S.

 

Letters and telegrams (1914) to his lawyer, Fred W Heath, discussing a possible lawsuit against Cecil Blount DeMille over money advanced to produce plays, HM 51015-51019.

 

Pelton, George S.

 

Letter (1914, March 31) to Jack London responding to London's accusations concerning The Sea Wolf, HM 51021. 

Additional Note

(This letter is a carbon copy; its original is part of the Jack London Collection, JL 16417.)
 

Pelton, George S.

 

Letters (1914) to Joseph J Noel discussing Jack London and the Sea Wolf disagreement, HM 51025-51029.

Container List

Box 1-2

Manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by author.

Box 3

Xerox copies by folder:

 

1. Black, Charles F. To Pasadena National Bank,May 3, 1915.

 

2. Black, Charles F. To George S Pelton, May 3, 1915.

 

3. Byrne, Jack. To George S Pelton, Jan. 30, 1915.

 

4. DeMille, Cecil Blount. To Joseph J Noel, June 24, 1913.

 

5. DeMille, Cecil Blount. To George S Pelton, 1912-1914.

 

6. Noel, Joseph J. To Cecil Blount DeMille, May 5, 1912.

 

7. Noel, Joseph J. To George S Pelton, 1911-1912.

 

8. Noel, Joseph J. To George S Pelton, 1913-1914.

 

9. Noel, Joseph J. To George S Pelton, 1915 and no year.

 

10. Pelton, George S. To Cecil Blount DeMille, 1912-1914.

 

11. Pelton, George S. To Joseph J Noel, 1912.

 

12. Pelton, George S. To Joseph J Noel, 1913.

 

13. Pelton, George S. To Joseph J Noel, 1914-1915, no year.

 

14. Pelton, George S. To John E Pelton, Feb., 1914.

 

15. Miscellaneous xeroxes.

 

16. Clippings and printed material.