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Series II. Writing and Correspondence, 1920-1962

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains the personal material of Forbes, including many items that do not explicitly relate to communism. Most prominently featured in this series are Forbes' correspondence with his family, friends, and people he met while away from Pittsburgh. More specifically, his sister Ethel and his friend Herbert Leifer account for most of the correspondence. Folders marked 'miscellaneous' usually refer to female acquaintances he met or one of the few cousins with whom he remained in contact. Beyond family and friends, Forbes also corresponds extensively with his fiancée, Shirley Levine. Letters to a war buddy, Heinz, reveal that Forbes was assigned to spy on subversives while stationed in Alaska with the Navy (Folder 18).

Series II also displays Forbes' interest in writing short stories, novels, and plays. Although the series does not contain any completed works, it does include several outlines, drafts, and sketches for projects that Forbes intended on using to launch a writing career. In one instance Forbes worked on a novel about a female heroine, many of the files containing questionnaires and articles relate to this venture. In 1939, Forbes intermittently kept a diary in which he divulges information ranging from his concern with the direction of his life to his relationship with women and his political views.

For researchers aiming to find Forbes' work with the Communist Party, there are a few documents that explicitly relate to this. A small notebook and several pages from a larger notebook provide meeting minutes from the Pittsburgh Pen and Hammer. Also, letters from the Workers International Relief express Forbes interest in doing 'cultural' work for the Party. In addition to these, the correspondence, while primarily focusing on the more mundane aspects of life, sometimes relates to the Communist Party and communism.

Folder 14 Miscellaneous Instructional Writing and Female Adolescent Material, 1937-1939
Folder 15 Questionnaire Dealing With Politics, Economics, and Sex, 1938-1939
Folder 16 Miscellaneous Advertisements and Forbes' Mother's Death Notice, 1948-1955
Folder 17 Forbes Family Material: Home, School, and Religion, 1958-1962
Folder 18 Post War Correspondence (Two Items), and 1947 1949
Folder 19 Fictional Writing by A.E. Forbes, 1920-1940
Folder 20 Wartime Correspondence with Shirley Levine, 1944-1945
Folder 21 Wartime Correspondence with Immediate Family, 1941-1943
Folder 22-23 Letters Written by A.E. Forbes, , 1922-1933 1945
Folder 24 Forbes Diary and Novel Notes, 1939

Box 3
Folder 1-18 Miscellaneous Letters to A.E. Forbes, 1922-1936
Folder 19-29 Correspondence: Immediate Family, 1922-1936
Folder 30-34 Herbert Leifer to A.E. Forbes, 1926-1931

Box 4
Folder 1 Miscellaneous Material Written by Forbes, 1929-1939
Folder 2 School Work and Paper, Undated
Folder 3 Various Writings, 1936-1939
Folder 4 Correspondence with Marie Boyer, 1939
Folder 5 Correspondence with Edna Pearl, 1940
Folder 6 Correspondence with Carol R., 1939-1940
Folder 7 Correspondence with Dolly, 1942-1943
Folder 8 Correspondence with Marian and Buzzie, 1939-1940
Folder 9 Correspondence with Alice, 1941-1943
Folder 10 Miscellaneous Letter from Forbes, 1941-1943
Folder 11 Papers, Essays, and School/College Items, 1929-1939
Folder 12 Pictures and Letter, Undated
Folder 13 Letters to County and State Officials, 1938
Folder 14 Maps: National and International, Undated
Folder 15 Scripts: 'Out of the Sky,' 1937
Folder 16 Scripts: 'Two Worlds,' 1937
Folder 17 Popular Song Sheet, Undated
Folder 18 Issue of New Masses (not complete), Undated