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John Dos Passos collection

Identifier: MS-0780

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Content Description

This collection contains manuscript materials relating to American novelist John Dos Passos. Contents include two black and white portrait photographs, Dos Passos' calling card, and a letter from Dos Passos to José Robles Pazos. The date range is approximately 1899-1922.


  • Creation: approximately 1899-1922


Language of Materials

This collection contains text in both Spanish and English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located at the George Peabody Library and may require scheduling a special appointment to access it. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

John Dos Passos (1896-1970) was an American novelist and artist active in the first half of the twentieth century. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and he went on to Harvard College, graduating in 1916. He was well-traveled, visiting Europe and the Middle East, where he learned about literature, art, and architecture. He is best known for his U.S.A. trilogy, which consists of the novels The 42nd Parallel (1930), 1919 (1932), and The Big Money (1936).


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)


This small collection contains photographs, a calling card, and letters relating to American novelist John Dos Passos (1896-1970). Included in the collection is a letter from Dos Passos to Spanish academic José Robles regarding Robles' translation of Dos Passos' novel Manhattan Transfer into Spanish. The papers range from approximately 1899 to 1922.

Other Finding Aids

MS.0710: Johns Dos Passos library card application

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ian Brabner Rare Americana in February 2017 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Related Materials

The items in this collection were originally purchased as one accession with materials created or owned by both John Dos Passos and José Robles Pazos, Spanish academic and left-wing activist. The original dealer description for the whole acquisition has been placed in the collection. For the José Robles manuscript materials, see MS.0781.

Guide to the John Dos Passos collection
Kristen Diehl
April 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA