Contents and Arrangement

Martha Gellhorn Letters to George Brown, 1941 October 18-1946 December 28

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of thirteen typed letters and one autograph letter from Martha Gellhorn to George Brown, Gellhorn and Hemingway's personal trainer, tennis partner, and close friend. The letters are addressed to George Brown (often referred to as "Flash") at his residence in New York City and are written primarily from Finca Vigía, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba, and Sun Valley, Idaho, with a single 1943 letter on White House stationery addressed from Washington, D.C., and one 1946 letter addressed from South Easton Place in London following Gellhorn and Hemingway's divorce. Gellhorn's letters, which she often signed "Marty," are playful and informal in nature and offer a glimpse into Gellhorn and Hemingway's marriage. Their primary topic is Gellhorn's concern over her and her husband's physical condition and weight, soliciting exercises and weight loss advice from Brown and making jokes about the couple's physical condition and eating and drinking habits. Letters also often refer to errands Brown ran for Gellhorn and Hemingway in New York during the couple's time in the American West and abroad. Gellhorn occasionally mentions her travel plans as a war correspondent for Collier's, and in one letter, suggests Brown attend her 1946 play Love Goes to Press at the Biltmore Theatre in New York. Her letters regarding her domestic life with Hemingway refer to travel plans, tennis, hunting and fishing in Idaho, Hemingway's cats and pigeons at Finca Vigía, and rumors in the press about Hemingway having an affair, which Gellhorn dismisses. She also refers fondly to Hemingway's sons as "Bumby," "Mousie," and "Giggy" and comments on their activities.


Arranged in order of accession.

Collection History


AM 2016-108


No materials were separated during 2016-2017 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in September 2016. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in September 2016. Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in January 2017.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Martha Gellhorn Letters to George Brown; Princeton University Library Collection of Martha Gellhorn Materials, C1531, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box B-000788