Bookshelves and displays within the Center for Steinbeck studies at SJSU.

The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

In operation since 1973, the Cox Center promotes Steinbeck’s goals of empathy and mutual understanding through public programming, free curriculum for teachers, and fellowships for emerging writers.

Door to the Martha H. Cox Center for Steinbeck.


Plan your visit to the Steinbeck Center located in the MLK Library in San José.

Crowd gathered for celebration of the release of Steinbeck stamp.

Events & News

Discover past and upcoming events and exhibitions and stay up to date on Steinbeck news.

A bust of Steinbeck given as the Steinbeck Award.

Fellowships & Awards

Find out which fellowships and awards are sponsored by The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies.

Steinbeck novels on a cabinet in the Steinbeck Center.


Browse bibliographical and biographical resources and learn more about Steinbeck's life and works.

Steinbeck Review Journal cover.

Support Our Work

Become a member of the Steinbeck Society and learn about other ways to support the Steinbeck Center.

Interior of the Steinbeck Center with bookshelves and desks.

Contact Us

Give us a call or send an email to learn more about the Steinbeck Center and the services we provide.

Online Resources

Cox-Manville Steinbeck Bibliography

Comprehensive annotated bibliography of works by and about John Steinbeck.

Steinbeck Center Photo Archive

Searchable archive of 2,300 photos related to Steinbeck.

John Steinbeck: A Writer's Vision

A short biography of author John Steinbeck's life and career, as told through archival photos and videos. Produced by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University in October 2023.


Find updates on recent happenings with the Center for Steinbeck Studies and learn about interesting events we are planning for the future.

Discover News & Upcoming Events

Past Events

Discover all the exciting events that the Steinbeck Center has hosted and participated in over the years, stretching back to its founding in 1971.

Read more about our Past Events

Visit the Center

Please check out our Visit the Center page for up-to-date information on our hours and closures. Email us at if you have any questions. 

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