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Charles Webb papers

Identifier: Am-Mss-Webb

Scope and Contents

The Charles Webb papers contain manuscript and typescript drafts and proofs of novels and short stories eventually published as The Graduate (1963). Several unfinished novels, short stories, and novellas, arranged and labeled by Webb, document the evolution of Webb's narrative and style. Additional folders of fragmentary typescripts document Webb's writing process. Also included are a few items of correspondence. Descriptions are based upon the arrangement of items and identifications by Webb at the time of donation. The 2021 accession includes a painting of an unidentified man by Eve "Fred" Webb, wife of Charles Webb.


  • 1961 - 1977

Conditions Governing Access

The Charles Webb papers are open for research. Researchers are encouraged to contact Special Collections staff prior to a visit.

Conditions Governing Use

In consultation with Special Collections staff, reproductions may be made upon request. Material in this collection is subject to copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Webb (1939- ) authored several novels, including The Graduate (1963), which was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Dustin Hoffman. Born in San Francisco, Webb graduated from Williams College in 1961. After selling the film rights for The Graduate, his first novel, Webb continued to write; he did not profit substantially from the success of the 1967 film. Webb and his female partner, Fred, lived in England as of 2017.


0.63 Linear Feet ((2 boxes) + 2 oversize flat boxes)

Language of Materials



Organized into three series: I. Manuscripts. II. Associated Correspondence. III. 2021 Accession.

Physical Location

L2 Storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Webb (Williams 1961), 1969. Eve Webb painting, gift of Thomas B. Williams, 2021.
Charles Webb papers
Peale, Anne
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Repository Details

Part of the Chapin Library Repository

26 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown Massachusetts 01267