Scope And Content
Series Arranegment Note
Title: Stan Steiner Papers
Identifier/Call Number: M0700
Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Language of Material:
69.0 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): ca. 1940-1987
Scope And Content
The Steiner Papers include the personal and professional papers of Stan Steiner covering the time period from 1940 -1987 and
occupy 69 linear feet. They document the personal and intellectual activities of a writer, a social historian, a moralist,
a folklorist, an anecdotalist, and a myth-teller. His writings-some twenty books and countless articles-are a continuing search
for vanishing cultures and the histories of forgotten people, specifically of the American West. To that end, Steiner wrote
about Native Americans, the Chinese who helped build the West, Mexican Americans, New Mexico and New Mexicans, ranchers, farmers,
cowboys, and Islanders. His goal was to disabuse his readers of stereotypes and misinformed images of the West by telling
the complicated, nuanced, and elemental stories of these people in their own words, what Steiner called "testimonials." His
manuscripts provide multiple draft copies of many of these testimonies as well as typed manuscripts and photostats of typed
drafts and published works by Steiner.
Comprising 138 manuscript boxes, the papers are also a valuable trove of clippings and ephemera in the post-War era, documenting
everything from right-wing organizations and social movements to Native American tribes and land policy, to the farm worker
movements. These interests carry over into Steiner's correspondence and audiotapes, as well, including fairly extensive documentation
of correspondence with such notables as Vine Deloria and Cesar Chavez, among others.
Steiner once wrote, "the roots of America, which are its true heritage and will be its only salvation, are what I seek in
my work. For these are my roots. And in seeking and finding them there is joy and peace. There is no other." This collection
documents Steiner's lifetime of seeking.
Stan Steiner was born on January 1, 1925, son of Bernard and Regina Storch Steiner of Brooklyn. After attending the University
of Wisconsin for a year, Steiner hitchhiked West from New York in 1945 and began a forty year love affair with the people
and places of the American West. The center of his personal and working life until his death was the reevaluation of the history
of the West from a Western perspective. This took the form of his many books, from his earliest The Last Horse (1961) to the
posthumous publication, edited by Emily Skretny Drabanski, of The Waning of the West (1989).Along the way, Steiner's wrote
several seminal works, among them The New Indians (1968), La Raza : The Mexican Americans (1969), The Tiguas : Lost Tribe
of City Indians (1972), The Islands : The World of the Puerto Ricans (1974), The Vanishing White Man (1976), Fusang : The
Chinese who Built America (1979), Spirit Woman : The Diaries of Bonita Wa Wa Calachaw Nunez (editor, 1980), The Ranchers (1980,
rev. 1985), and Dark and Dashing Horsemen (1981).
Steiner was a member of the Western Writers of America, the Chinese Historical Society of America, and the Western History
Association. He was also a founding member of the National Association for Lawman and Outlaw History and the founder and president
of the Writers' Cooperative of Santa Fe. He was the recipient of the 1971 Ainsfield Wolf Award from the Saturday Review for
La Raza, the 1973 and 1977 Golden Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America for The Tiguas and The Vanishing White Man.
Steiner also received a National Endowment grant in 1983. He taught at many colleges and universities throughout the United
States and Europe.
Stan Steiner died in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Vera John-Steiner, the Presidential Professor of Linguistics and Education,
University of New Mexico and his three children, Suki, Sandor, and Paul.
[Identification of item] Stan Steiner Papers, M0700, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
Donative purchase from Vera John-Steiner, 1994
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.
Series Arranegment Note
Series I. Subject Files Subject Files make up the bulk of the collection. Steiner's clippings, notes, articles, and ephemera
are arranged roughly following Steiner's own organization. For clarity, however, primary groupings have been articulated.
These groupings have been organized alphabetically. Series II. Correspondence The Correspondence Series is organized into
three primary groupings. The bulk of this series is organized chronologically. The second group is an alphabetical collection
of correspondence related to the production of his various books, including correspondence with his publishers and fan notes.
Finally, the third group of correspondence is general correspondence arranged alphabetically. Series III. Manuscripts by Steiner
Steiner's manuscripts, notes on his manuscripts, and collected ephemera related to his manuscripts are gathered here alphabetically
by title. Following the provenance of the collection, we have preserved the working titles Steiner gave to his manuscripts.
For example, manuscript drafts of The Spirit Woman are available under S and N, following Steiner's working title: The Notebooks
of Wa Wa Chaw. The manuscripts are arranged alphabetically. Series IV. Manuscripts by Others Manuscripts by others are arranged
alphabetically. Series V. Notebooks Steiner's notebooks are arranged chronologically. Series VI. Reviews Reviews are arranged
alphabetically by title. Series VII. Business Files Business Files are arranged alphabetically. Series VIII. Audiovisual Materials
Audiovisual materials are arranged into three groups by format: audiocassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, and motion pictures. Within
the formats, the materials are arranged alphabetically by title of Steiner's work followed by Steiner's own notation. Steiner's
organization of the materials for each work has been preserved. Series IX. Clippings Clippings are a collection of miscellany
left disorganized at Steiner's death. They have been organized into basic groupings which follow the organization of the subject
files. Series X. Lectures and Academe Series 10 is organized alphabetically. Series XI. Publications Publications are organized
alphabetically. Series XII. Steiner Library The Steiner Library is only a container listing. These volumes can be found in
Stanford University Libraries stacks.