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Tony Scott collection of Alice B. Toklas and Thornton Wilder

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H-Mss-1032

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Scope and Contents

Tony Scott carried on a lively and long correspondence with Alice B. Toklas from the time he left Paris in 1946 until her death in 1967. Over the years of their friendship Scott sent her manuscripts of several novels and plays he'd written, and her 35 letters are full of advice, admiration, and support for his creative work. Toklas introduced Tony Scott to Thornton Wilder early in their acquaintance, thinking the two men would have much in common. Wilder's 23 letters to Scott are full of advice about Scott's writing, travels, and jobs, as well as anecdotes about the productions of Wilder's works in New York and other places. Scott's unpublished 'memoir' about Wilder relates their meeting and friendship in detail.


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Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.


Tony Scott was born Herman Gross Scott III September 23, 1923, in San Bernardino County California. He served in World War II, seeing combat in France and Germany; he was part of the reconnaissance squad tht discovered the Ohrdruf concentration camp, the first Nazi camp liberated by American forces. After the war he was assigned to the U.S. embassy in Paris, where befriended Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas; Stein referred to Scott as "her lost GI". Stein and Toklas introduced him to Thornton Wilder. Scott kept a long correspondence with both Toklas and Wilder until their deaths. As a young man he attended Pasadena Junior College; when he returned to the US after the War Scott graduated from Pomona College in 1947, where he was a member of Nu Alpha Phi fraternity. Scott was a writer by avocation and profession. He wrote several novels and plays early in his career; he was the TV critic for the Daily Variety newspaper in Los Angeles for more than 30 years and retired in 1997. He passed away June 2009.


1 box (1 linear foot of correspondence and related documents; 6 linear feet of books (mostly popular and academic presses))

Language of Materials



The Tony Scott Collection mainly comprises correspondence to Scott from two individuals: Alice B. Toklas and Thornton Wilder. Also included in the Collection are typed transcriptions of the Wilder letters and a typed, draft account written by Scott of his friendship with Wilder.

Organization and Arrangement

Correspondence arranged by person then date. All correspondence is to Tony Scott unless otherwise noted in the inventory.


Gift of Chris Jackson, executor of the estate of Tony Scott

Accruals note

Limited accruals to the collection are anticipated.

Items Removed from the Collection

Books separated from the collection are cataloged with an 'electronic bookplate': Tony Scott Collection.

Processing information

The original envelopes that Tony Scott housed the Toklas and Wilder letters in have been kept because he annotated several with notes about the letters. From the books, duplicates and volumes in bad physical condition were deaccessioned. The books that were kept were separated from the collection and cataloged with an 'electronic bookplate': Tony Scott Collection.

Guide to the Tony Scott Collection of Alice B. Toklas and Thornton Wilder
Carrie Marsh
June 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States