University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Alma Stone:

A Preliminary Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Stone, Alma, 1908-
Title: Alma Stone Papers
Dates: 1930s-1990s
Abstract: The papers, consisting of typescripts, drafts, galleys and proofs, notes, research material, reviews, business and personal papers, correspondence, and diaries, document the personal and professional life of this novelist and short story writer.
Extent: 21 boxes, 4 galleys (8.82 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

This collection of novelist and short story writer Alma Stone consists primarily of typescripts, drafts, galleys and proofs, notes, research material, reviews, business and personal papers, correspondence, and diaries. The collection is arranged in four Series: Series I. Writings and Associated Material, Series II. Correspondence, Series III. Career-Related and Personal, and Series IV. Ermine Stone's Diaries, 1941-1974.

Three of Stone's published works are represented in Series I, galleys for The Banishment, contracts and reviews for The Bible Salesman, and proofs for Now for the Turbulence. Numerous short story typescripts and notes form the bulk of this series as well as unidentified typescripts, possibly book chapters or short stories.

Correspondence in Series II includes business and personal letters written to Stone, as well as family correspondence. The career-related and personal papers in Series III contain book reviews and articles, passports, trip memorabilia, a family biography, and poems written by her mother. Diaries kept by Stone's sister, Ermine "Pebble" Stone (1901-1978), chief librarian at Sarah Lawrence College, are found in Series IV.

Books and serials received with the collection have been transferred to the Ransom Center's Library. Likewise, audio tapes of Stone reading from The Bible Salesman were transferred to the Center's Sound Recordings Collection.



Open for research

Administrative Information


Purchase, 1999 (Reg. no. 14507)

Accessioned by:

Liz Murray, 2001

Alma Stone Papers--Folder List

I. Writings and Associated Material

1 The Banishment [partial set of galleys removed to galley files]
The Bible Salesman
Box Folder
1 1-2 Reviews
3 Publishing agreement
4 The Big Trees
Box Folder
2 1-2 Chapters for a book, title undetermined
Now for the Turbulence
Box Folder
2 3 Setting copy
4 Uncorrected proofs and galleys [page proofs and galleys removed to the galley files]
Box Folder
3 1 Pleasantly and Well Suited I Walk
2 Notes, chapters of "Pleasantly and Well Suited," letters
3-4 Quotations from Whitman
Box Folder
4 1 Splendour in the Grass, novel, never published
2 Chapters, "Banishment" or "Turbulence"
3-4 Chapters, maybe from "Banishment," letters
5 Notes and misc.
Box Folder
5 1 Notes, misc.
2-3 Book notes, ideas, etc.; clippings for research
4-5 Superceded chapters
Short stories
Box Folder
6 1 "A Good Home" and short stories
2 "The Hobbyist and the Communist" and notes
3 "The Ladies from Kountz"
4 "Mayhaw Gatherers" and "A Fine Zoo Day"
5 "Mrs. Seely,""Library," and "Double Entry"
6 "My Bonny O" and other short stories
Box Folder
7 1 "Old Ladies"
2 "The Sucker"
3 Short stories or chapters from a book?
4-7 Short stories
Box Folder
8 1-6 Stories and notes
Box Folder
9 1-2 Stories and notes
3-5 Typescript drafts and fragments
Box Folder
10 1-4 Typescripts cont'd

II. Correspondence

Box Folder
11 1-4 General
Box Folder
12 1-3 General, cont'd
4 Christmas cards
Box Folder
13 1 Christmas cards, cont'd
2-3 Letters re: books
4 Postcards, Alma's friends and family
Box Folder
14 1-3 Alma (Adams Stone--Mama), Alma (Dady), Ermine ("Pebble")
4 Mary Stone

III. Career-Related and Personal

Box Folder
15 1 Book reviews, articles
2 Columbia writing class
3 Family biography
4 Material removed from book transfers
5 Misc. printed material
6 Notebook with drawings and notes
7 Passports, address book
8 Photographs
Box Folder
16 1 Scrapbook
2 "`Through the years,' poems written by our dear mother," Christmas 1961
3-4 Trips abroad

IV. Ermine Stone's Diaries, 1941-1974

Box Folder
17 1-3 1941-1943
4-5 1946-1947
6-7 1950-1951
Box Folder
18 1-6 1952-1957
Box Folder
19 1-5 1958-1962
Box Folder
20 1-4 1963-1966
Box Folder
21 1 1969
2-4 1972-1974
5 Passport, address book, and holograph notebook