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John Ditsky papers

Identifier: SPEC-021

Scope and Contents

This collection includes publications, correspondence, manuscripts, and documentation of Dr. John Ditsky's career as a Steinbeck scholar, Professor of English, literary critic, and poet between 1969 and 2006.


  • Creation: 1969-2002

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note / Historical Note / Administrative History

John Michael Ditsky, Ph.D, 1938-2006, was a world-renowned Steinbeck scholar. Ditsky received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1967 and was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Windsor, Canada, from which he retired in 2003 after 37 years of teaching. Prior to his tenure at the University of Windsor, he taught at the University of Detroit and Wayne State University. During his career, he served as Vice President of the International Steinbeck Society, President of the New Steinbeck Society of America, and Chair of the Editorial Board of the Steinbeck Quarterly. In addition to being a Steinbeck scholar, Ditsky was an active poet, poetry editor and music critic. John Ditsky published more than 100 literary criticisms and essays, as well as four poetry collections. John Ditsky’s wife, C. Suzette Ditsky, established the Ditsky Memorial Steinbeck Research Award at Ball State University in 2007. Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi, a long-time friend of the Ditsky’s, said of John Ditsky that he "was first and foremost a passionate and dedicated scholar, teacher, and mentor" and that the Steinbeck Research Fund was "established to honor Ditsky's long established legacy of extending a helping hand of emerging Steinbeck scholars."


25 Cubic Feet (28 Boxes)


Arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: John Ditsky personal papers

Subseries 1.1: Correspondence

Subseries 1.2: Ephemera

Subseries 1.3: Clippings

Series 2: John Ditsky professional papers

Subseries 2.1: Unpublished manuscripts with correspondence

Subseries 2.2: Published manuscripts and correspondence

Subseries 2.3: John Steinbeck research files

Subseries 2.4: John Ditsky research files

Subseries 2.5: Unpublished manuscripts by Steinbeck scholars

Series 3: John Ditsky publications

Subseries 3.1: Steinbeck publications

Subseries 3.2: Book reviews

Subseries 3.3: Poetry

Subseries 3.4: Published articles

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from C. Suzette Ditsky in May 2008.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

SPEC.021: John Ditsky collection of Fanfare magazines

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2012/03/20 by Kelly Richard, Lajmar Anderson, and Aaron Kidder. EAD finding aid created 2012/01/03 by Kelly Richard. EAD finding aid revised 2012/03/23 by Lajmar Anderson and 2015/07/27 by Brandon Pieczko.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA