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Maurice J. Speiser papers

Identifier: SCU-RBSC-2001-9

This collection is chiefly comprised of correspondence between Maurice J. Speiser and his clients and friends, as well as correspondence between Hemingway and associates, and third-party correspondence. Part of the Speiser and Easterling-Hallman Collection of Ernest Hemingway, this archival collection was held by Ellen Speiser Katz, Maurice Speiser’s granddaughter and was acquired through her generosity and the generosity of the Easterling-Hallman Foundation, a foundation that was formed by alumnus Edward Hallman in memory of Donald Easterling to support University Libraries. Maurice J. Speiser (1880-1948) was a Philadelphia based attorney. Through the course of visits to Europe in the 1920s, Speiser developed relationships with a number of modernist writers, musicians, and artists, most notably Ernest Hemingway. Speiser and his wife, Martha Glazer Speiser became patrons of the arts while continuing to develop friendships with luminaries including Ezra Pound, e.e. cummings, and Leopold Stokowski. During the 1930s, Speiser began representing the legal affairs of these artists in his practice, further expanding his connections not only with the modernist movement but also with mainstream entertainers, particularly with regard to Hemingway’s Hollywood productions. The bulk of the correspondence in this collection was generated or received by Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). Correspondence generated by Maurice Speiser’s son, Raymond Speiser (1908-1958), in his efforts to locate foreign editions of Hemingway’s works and his correspondence with booksellers, are also included in this collection. Writings in this collection include drafts by Hemingway and other authors of the time period. This series also includes adaptations of Hemingway’s works for television, stage productions, and film. Legal and Financial Papers includes personal legal papers of Hemingway and Maurice Speiser. The Hemingway materials largely consist of tax information and contracts. The Speiser materials include contract information, hotel receipts, and personal identification documents. Printed materials include programs, playbills, promotional materials, press clippings, and other items associated with Hemingway and other modernist artists. The photographs are comprised of production and promotional photographs for stage and film productions of adaptations of Hemingway’s novels and stories. Photographs also include a small collection of personal photos of e.e. cummings and his wife, Marion.


  • 1913-1986


Access Restrictions

Open to research

Publication Rights

All rights reside with the creator. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.


19 boxes


Gift-purchase from Ellen Speiser Katz, funded by the Easterling Hallman Foundation, 2001

Related Material

This collection is part of the Speiser and Easterling-Hallman Collection of Ernest Hemingway. Published materials are found within the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections catalog.

Repository Details

Part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-3847

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