Finding Aid for the Wesley S. Griswold Papers, 1955-1990

Processed by Saundra Taylor; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Wesley S. Griswold Papers, 1955-1990

Collection number: 799

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Saundra Taylor, July 1971
Additions by:
Anne Caiger, March 1976
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, July 2002
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Wesley S. Griswold Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1955-1990
Collection number: 799
Creator: Griswold, Wesley S., 1909-
Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Wesley Southmayd Griswold (1909- ) was a feature writer and editor for the Hartford Courant (1930-41), a publicist for the Travelers Insurance Company (1941-42), a copy editor for the The New Yorker (1946-51)) and a copy editor (1945-46) and West Coast editor (beginning in 1951) for the Popular Science Monthly. The collection consists of manuscripts, galley proofs, page proofs, research notes, correspondence, photocopies, printed articles, microfilm, and photographs Griswold's book, A Work of Giants, a history of the American transcontinental railroad, and for a history of Panama railroads.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Additional Physical Form Available

A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Wesley S. Griswold, 1962-90.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wesley S. Griswold Papers (Collection 799). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1470678 

Biography

Wesley Southmayd Griswold was born November 3, 1909 in Middletown, Connecticut; BA, University of North Carolina, 1929; feature writer and editor, Hartford Courant, 1930-41; publicist, Travelers Insurance Company, 1941-42; copy editor, The New Yorker, 1946-51; copy editor (1945-46) and West Coast editor (beginning in 1951), Popular Science Monthly; his book, A Work of Giants (1962), is a history of the American transcontinental railroad.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscripts, galley proofs, page proofs, research notes, correspondence, photocopies, printed articles, microfilm, and photographs for Wesley S. Griswold's book, A Work of Giants (1962) and for a history of Panama railroads. Also includes scrapbooks containing articles by Griswold, reviews of A Work of Giants, and miscellaneous manuscripts, publications, and research materials.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. A Work of Giants (Boxes 1-4,11).
  2. The Day the Dam Burst (Box 4).
  3. Research materials for a history of Panama railroads (Boxes 5-8).
  4. Scrapbooks containing articles by Griswold (Boxes 9-10).
  5. Manuscripts, misc. publications, and research material (Boxes 11-14).
  6. Map folder (Box 15).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Griswold, Wesley S., 1909- --Archives.
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
Railroads--Research--United States.
Railroads--Research--Panama.
Griswold, Wesley S., 1909- -- Work of Giants.


Container List

Box 1

A Work of Giants, McGraw-Hill, 1962.

Physical Description: 532 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

  • Manuscript (typescript) with holograph corrections.
  • Galley proofs with holograph corrections.
  • Page proofs with holograph corrections.
  • Page proofs without corrections.
Box 2

Research notes for A Work of Giants:

Scope and Content Note

  • Central Pacific Railroad, origin to 1869.
  • Union Pacific Railroad, origin to 1867.
Box 3

Research notes for A Work of Giants:

Scope and Content Note

  • Union Pacific, 1868-1869.
  • Union Pacific personalities.
  • Photographs published in A Work of Giants.
  • Photos of Central Pacific.
  • Photos of Union Pacific.
Box 4

Research notes for A Work of Giants:

Scope and Content Note

Microfilm of various collections and papers located in other libraries:
  • Charles Crocker's Reminiscences (Bancroft collection).
  • Collis P. Huntington letters to Mark Hopkins and others (2 reels--Bancroft Library).
  • Huntington reminiscences (Bancroft collection).
  • Letters to Burton Ives (CP surveyor) re surveys in Utah and east, 1867-68 (Stanford University Library).
  • Collis P. Huntington - A. Johnson letters (Library of Congress).
  • Mrs. Theodore D. Judah reminiscences (Bancroft Library).
  • Leland Stanford letters (Stanford University Library).
  • Newspaper clippings on Union Pacific, 1869 (University of Michigan Library).
Box 4

The Day the Dam Burst, by Wesley Griswold.

Scope and Content Note

In: Popular Science, March 1964. Also typescript copy of article.
Box 4

Research materials for a history of Panama railroads.

Box 5

Correspondence, 1963-1966.

Box 6

Copies of articles and original sources.

Box 7

Notes and printed articles.

Box 8

Microfilms.

Physical Description: (10 reels).
Box 9

Articles written by Wesley Griswold, 1952-1959.

Physical Description: Scrapbooks.
Box 10

Articles written by Wesley Griswold, 1960-1967.

Physical Description: Scrapbooks.
Box 11, Folder 1

The Jigsaw Puzzle of Historical Research. Speech delivered to the Sacramento County Historical Society, December 27, 1962.

Physical Description: Typed manuscript.
Box 11, Folder 2

Copy book reviews of A Work of Giants, 1963.

Box 11, Folders 3-7

A Work of Giants.

Physical Description: Manuscript, typed carbon copy with holograph corrections.
Box 12

Research material.

Physical Description: (photostatic reproduction).
Box 13

Miscellaneous publications.

Scope and Content Note

  • Panama Canal (BCC).
  • Vermont Life.
  • Aswan manuscript (1962).
  • San Marco Campanile manuscript.
  • Boston Tea Party reviews.
  • A Work of Giants reviews.
Box 14

Miscellaneous publications.

Scope and Content Note

  • The Dolphin Smile.
  • Companile research material.
  • Letters to Brooke Whiting about publication of Campanile/letters to Wesley S. Griswold.
  • The Town That Sat Down On Itself.
  • The Deep Frozen Folk In: Mischief in the Mountains.
Map Folder 1

Research materials for a history of Panama railroads: copies of original engravings.