Hayden, Sterling (1916-1986)
Scope:
The Sterling Hayden collection contains manuscripts, scrapbooks, printed material, photographs, correspondence, and other items. The collection mostly contains materials regarding to Hayden's life as a sailor and author, with a few items related to Hayden’s career in film.

Manuscripts in the collection include Hayden’s memoirs Wanderer (1963) and Voyage (1977). The material for Wanderer includes six bound early drafts, over 2,000 pages of notes and other draft pages with corrections, and galley proofs. The material for Voyage includes extensive drafts and notes, and several notebooks chronicling his life aboard his ship.

Also present are over thirty journals by Hayden dating from 1966 to the early 1980s (which include some early notes towards Voyage).

Hayden kept scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and photographs relating to his sailing trips as a young man. There are albums dedicated to his voyages on the Florence E. Robinson from Boston to Tahiti, Yankee albums, and several more, including log books from some of those trips.

Printed Material in the collection (other than the items kept in scrapbooks) include
promotional posters, book trades, and magazines promoting or containing articles on Hayden, his books, and his life as a sailor. Prominent subjects include articles and segments copied from Wanderer regarding Hayden's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s; articles which mention Hayden, his service in the Marine Corps during World War II, and his covert work for the OSS (including reproductions of commendations received by Hayden and notices of his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps); filmographies and lists of Hayden’s film roles; and several 1940s articles about Hayden from Hollywood publicity magazines, including a profile of Hayden by Hedda Hopper. In addition, the collection includes eight reproductions of film posters (1941-1958) for The Asphalt Jungle, The Star, Crime of Passion, Ten Days to Tulara, Blaze of Noon, and Suddenly!

Hayden's papers contain many photographs of Hayden at sea and on ships. These include pictures of him aboard the Florence E. Robinson, Wanderer, and Aldebaran. These photos, dating from the 1930s through the 1950s, also include Hayden’s trip to Tahiti with his children in the mid-1950s. Also present are photos of Hayden on his Dutch canal barge in the 1970s and in Sausalito, CA in 1983. There are also photos of Hayden in uniform at Parris Island in 1942 and 1943. Photos regarding Hayden’s film career include film stills from Virginia, The Asphalt Jungle, The Blue and the Grey, Dr. Strangelove, Bahama Passage, and others. Other photos include miscellaneous images of Hayden’s personal life, dating from 1919 to 1983.

Correspondence in the collection includes several professional letters, dating from 1954 through the 1970s, pertaining to acting, roles, and legal and business affairs. Also present is some fan mail and some letters regarding sailing.

Other material includes blueprints for the ship Gracie S. (1893), which Hayden renamed Wanderer; two portraits of Hayden in charcoal and pastel, done on movie sets in Canada in 1975 and 1980; a portrait of Hayden by Larry O'Toole dated 1940 (done after Hayden arrived in Hollywood); and a drawing of the Florence E. Robinson and her crew (including Hayden) from 1939, by Eddie Ruggles.

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Notable Figures
1. Hayden, Sterling
Associated Subjects
1. Military History Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. The Hollywood Ten and the Blacklist Era Subject Guide