• Call Number: C1531_c2

Martha Gellhorn Letters to George "Sandy" Gellhorn

5 folders

This collection is stored at Firestone Library.

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Accession Number: AM 2017-76

Collection Creator: Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections..

Dates: 1968-1974.

Extent: 5 folders

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

Open for research.


Consists primarily of letters from Martha Gellhorn to her adopted son George "Sandy" Gellhorn in the late 1960s and early 1970s. There are approximately fifty letters totaling about 160 pages; they are primarily typed, though some are handwritten on hotel stationary. Written from St. Louis, Missouri; Frankfurt, Germany; London, England; and Naivasha and Mombasa, Kenya, Gellhorn's letters are intimate, detailed, and often lengthy. Among their topics are Gellhorn's memories of visiting concentration camps, progress and roadblocks in her writing, her relationship with ex-husband Ernest Hemingway and other relatives, as well as her impressions of current events, including the Vietnam War and related protest movements, the 1968 presidential election, and the Apollo 11 moon landing. Gellhorn also frequently expresses concern over Sandy's lifestyle and offers advice and warnings about love, finding an occupation, and drug culture. A thirty-seven-page sequence of letters written over a month-long period in autumn of 1969, which Gellhorn wrote as a journal of her time in Kenya, contains a thorough narration of her life in Naivasha, as well as reflections on her ex-husband Ernest Hemingway.

Preferred Citation

Martha Gellhorn Letters to George "Sandy" Gellhorn; 1968-1974; Princeton University Library Collection of Martha Gellhorn Materials, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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    Title Date Container
    Letters to George "Sandy" Gellhorn 1968 Box B-000788 Folder 2
    Letters to George "Sandy" Gellhorn 1969 January-September Box B-000788 Folder 3
    "African Journals" Letters to George "Sandy" Gellhorn from Kenya 1969 October 26-November 27 Box B-000788 Folder 4
    Letters to George "Sandy" Gellhorn 1970-1971 Box B-000788 Folder 5
    Letters to George "Sandy" Gellhorn circa 1968-1974 Box B-000788 Folder 6

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