The Herschel Grubb Papers contain both incoming and outgoing correspondence between Herschel Grubb and others, with the majority of the correspondence being with his friend David McClellan. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, photocopies of published works by Grubb, writings by David McClellan, and photographs and negatives. Included in the collection is Grubb’s booklet Prologues and Poems in Memory of Dr. Albert Einstein written in Einstein’s honor on his 75th birthday. The collection covers a wide range of topics including religion, literature and the arts, politics, and personal events. In doing so, it reflects the creative interests Grubb maintained throughout his life in his contact with others.
At the core of the collection, its central focus, is the correspondence and literary stimulation that existed between Grubb and McClellan. The letters document the intellectual ideas and creative pursuits each encouraged in the other, and cover literature, the arts, creative writing, as well as the every day and mundane aspects of their lives. The correspondence provides insight into their thought and creative processes and offers an intellectual autobiography of sorts.
The collection covers the period of 1947-1999, with some undated materials.