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Selected Records of Harper & Brothers

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Harper & Brothers Publishers

Harper & Brothers was a distinguished publishing firm in the nineteenth century. The firm was established in 1817 by James and John Harper, and its first venture into publishing was with John Locke's Essay on Human Understanding. Brothers Joseph and Fletcher Harper later joined the business, and the company took on the name Harper & Brothers in 1833. The firm launched Harper's New Monthly Magazine in 1850, Harper's Weekly in 1857, and Harper's Bazar (later Bazaar) in 1867. Harper & Brothers passed out of family hands in 1900.

The Selected Papers of Harper & Brothers consist primarily of editorial and business correspondence, 1909-1960, with the bulk of the material dating from ca. 1939-1955. In addition, there are several folders of correspondence of Cass Canfield in connection with the 1956 Presidential campaign of Adlai E. Stevenson. Among the broad spectrum of American and European writers included are Gwendolyn Brooks, Virginia Cowles, Max Eastman, Andre Maurois, Adlai Stevenson, and Richard Wright. Within each author's correspondence there may be letters to and from other well known literary figures such as Dorothy Canfield Fisher, H.L. Mancken, Van Wyck Brooks, Louis Auchincloss, or Upton Sinclair. Among the few manuscripts in the collection is a holograph manuscripts of a Gwendolyn Brooks poem and proposals for books by various authors.

For a history of Harper & Brothers see The House of Harper (New York: Harper & Bros., 1967) by Eugene Exman.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by author and then chronologically.

The following sources were consulted during preparation of biographical note: Encyclopedia Britannica Online.

The collection is a gift of Harper & Brothers.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

In 2022, restrictions on Richard Wright materials where researchers were required to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2002
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

A Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Adamic, Louis, 1938-1947. 21 folders.
Physical Description

21 folders

Allen, William Hervey, 1935-1938. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Angell, Norman, 1947-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Armour, Richard, 1949-1955. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

Atkinson, Eleanor, 1947-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

B Miscellaneous, 1952. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Baird, Joseph, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Ballinger, Bill, 1947-1957. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Barnes, Carman, 1944-1951. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Bax, Roger (Paul Winterton, Andrew Garve), 1946-1959. 12 folders.
Physical Description

12 folders

Beach, Rex, 1930-1950. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Beeding, Francis, 1941-1951. 3 folders.
Scope and Contents

(see also Pilgrim)

Physical Description

3 folders

Belden, Jack, 1944-1954. 13 folders.
Physical Description

13 folders

Bergler, Edmond, 1947-1950. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

Bill, Alfred H, 1948-1956. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

Bingham, Mrs. W.V. (Millicent Todd), 1930-1957. 34 folders.
Physical Description

34 folders

Binstock, Rabbi Louis, 1949-1950. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Blair, William, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boardman, Neil, 1947-1949. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Borden, Mary (Lady Edward L. Spears), 1939-1948. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Physical Description

1 box

1932-1954, 1932-1954. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

"Christmas" ms., dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Bradley, Gen Omar M, 1946-1950. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Brandel, Marc, 1945-1951. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Brennan, Francis, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

2 boxes

1944-1947, 1944-1947. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

1948-1958, 1948-1958. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

mss, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Bryant, Arthur, 1941-1954. 9 folders.
Physical Description

9 folders

Burns, John Horne, 1946-1954. 14 folders.
Physical Description

14 folders

C Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Calkins, (Clinch) Marion, 1950-1953. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cameron, Owen, 1948-1957. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Carney, M. Aubrey, 1946-1948. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Carrel, Alexis, 1937-1953. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

Catledge, Turner, 1940-1944. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cendrars, Blaise, 1926-1942. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Clark, Blake: complaints about Advertising Smoke Screen, 1944-1945. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Clark, Christopher, 1949-1952. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Connolly, Cyril, 1944-1954. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Cooper, Louise Field, 1948-1954. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Cowles, Virginia, 1941-1958. 18 folders.
Physical Description

18 folders

Crow, Carl, 1946-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cullen, Countee, 1941-1948. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

D Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Davis, Harold L, 1932-1947. 11 folders.
Physical Description

11 folders

Delafield, E.M., 1940-1947. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

De Mendelsohn, Peter, 1946-1950. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Dessart, Gina, 1946-1959. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Dixson, H. Vernor, 1949-1956. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

E Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Eastman, Max, 1941-1958. 13 folders.
Physical Description

13 folders

Eisenhower, Dwight D, 1950. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Ertz, Susan, 1938-1957. 16 folders.
Physical Description

16 folders

Eudy, Mary Cumming, 1949-1957. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Executive Committee, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

F Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Fall, Thomas, 1949-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Farnham, Marynia, 1948-1952. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Faure, Elie, 1930-1932. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Faurr, Raoul, 1945-1951. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Fischer, John, 1946-1949. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Flavin, Martin, 1942-1957. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

Flesch, Rudolph, 1948-1954. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Folsom, Joseph K, 1941-1942. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Freedom, Benedict, 1949-1953. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

G Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Gershoy, Leo, 1943-1948. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Gilpatrick, Guy - Raine, Norman Reilly, 1950-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Green, Paul, 1935-1954. 905 folders.
Physical Description

905 folders

Green, Paul and Richard Wright, 1940-1947. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

H Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Haldane, John B.S., 1941-1947. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Halle, Louis, 1954-1958. 17 folders.
Physical Description

17 folders

Harper, Allannah, 1944-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hastings, Dorothy, 1944-1945. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Havill, Edward, 1942-1951. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

Hawkins, Anne, 1947-1949. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Heard, Gerald, 1936-1956. 9 folders.
Physical Description

9 folders

Heth, Edward, 1945-1954. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Hiden, Robert, 1948-1950. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hirshon, Dorothy, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hitric, Joseph, 1944-1946. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Hitric, Joseph, 1947-1958. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Huir, William, 1948-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hunt, Mary Fassett, 1944-1951. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Hunter, J.A. (Dan Mannix), 1951-1958. 9 folders.
Physical Description

9 folders

Hurd, Charles, 1941-1947. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hutheesing, Raja, 1952-1955. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

I Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Ickes, Harold, 1947-1952. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Innes, Hammond, 1946-1956. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

J Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Jacobs, Florence, 1948-1952. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Johnson, Burges, 1937-1959. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Physical Description

2 boxes

1939-1951, 1939-1951. 15 folders.
Physical Description

15 folders

1951-1958, 1951-1958. 10 folders.
Physical Description

10 folders

K Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Keon, Michael, 1952-1953. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Knight, Eric, 1936-1948. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Komroff, Manuel, 1942-1949. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

L Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Lape, Fred, 1948-1965. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Physical Description

2 boxes

1952-1956, 1952-1956. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

1956-1958, 1956-1958. 10 folders.
Physical Description

10 folders

Laski, Harold, 1941-1950. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Lay, Beirne, 1947-1950. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Lerner, Alan Jay, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Lorentz, Pare, 1947-1952. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Loughlin, David, 1946-1954. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Loveridge, Arthur, 1943-1956. 9 folders.
Physical Description

9 folders

Lubell, Sam, 1949-1956. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

Lundbergh, Ferdinand, 1938-1954. 18 folders.
Physical Description

18 folders

Lyon, Mabel Dana, 1947-1950. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

M Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

McCormick, Ken (Communications Group), 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

MacLeish, Roderick, 1949-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

McSorley, Edward, 1945-1953. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Maritain, Jacques, 1953-1955. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Martin, John Bartlow, 1944-1959. 15 folders.
Physical Description

15 folders

Physical Description

3 boxes

1937-1940, 1937-1940. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

1941-1954, 1941-1954. 28 folders.
Physical Description

28 folders

1955-1958, 1955-1958. 14 folders.
Physical Description

14 folders

Maxwell, William, 1935-1958. 10 folders.
Physical Description

10 folders

Meredith, Scott, 1949-1950. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Miller, Nolan, 1948-1950. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Millin, Sarah Gertrude, 1927-1952. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

Montross, Lynn, 1944-1958. 18 folders.
Physical Description

18 folders

Morley, Frank, 1946-1958. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Mystery Writers of America, 1951-1957. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

N Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

New York Times Ad, 1956. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Nock, Albert J, 1938-1947. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Nuhn, Ferner, 1941-1952. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

O Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

P Miscellaneous, 1931-1932. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1931-1935. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Parrish, Anne (Corliss), 1923-1945. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

2 boxes

1941-1945, 1941-1945. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

1946-1960, 1946-1960. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

Physical Description

2 boxes

1939-1952, 1939-1952. 24 folders.
Physical Description

24 folders

1953-1958, 1953-1958. 14 folders.
Physical Description

14 folders

Peattie, Roderick, 1943-1949. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Peeples, Samuel, 1948-1952. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Phaidon Press, 1947-1949. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Roosevelt, Kermit, 1947-1951. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Rose, Billy and Stanley Walker, 1940-1945. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Shaw, Harry and Ruth Davis, 1946-1947. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Shaw, Harry, 1957. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Shedd, Margaret, 1945-1951. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Sherwood, Robert, 1952. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Simonson, Lee, 1948-1959. 7 folders.
Physical Description

7 folders

Sinclair, Jo, 1945-1951. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

Smith, Shelley, 1947-1956. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Smitter, Wessel, 1944-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Spring, Howard, 1945-1958. 15 folders.
Physical Description

15 folders

Physical Description

2 boxes

1952-1955, 1952-1955. 14 folders.
Physical Description

14 folders

1956-1964, 1956-1964. 25 folders.
Physical Description

25 folders

Physical Description

2 boxes

1940-1949, 1940-1949. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

1950-1961, 1950-1961. 11 folders.
Physical Description

11 folders

Sugrue, Thomas, 1948-1953. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

Swing, Raymond, 1945-1950. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Symons, Julian, 1948-1957. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Tarkington, N. Booth, 1909-1937. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Tchelitchew, Paulik, 1943-1953. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Tebbel, John, 1948-1953. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Tucker, Augusta, circa 1951. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

U, V, W, Miscellaneous, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Walker, Stanley, 1953-1956. 8 folders.
Physical Description

8 folders

Wallace, Willard, 1949-1958. 12 folders.
Physical Description

12 folders

Warburg, James, 1940-1950. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

1940-1946, 1940-1946. 30 folders.
Physical Description

30 folders

1946-1957, 1946-1957. 15 folders.
Physical Description

15 folders

Welles, Sumner and Mondadori, 1948-1951. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

White, Charles W. (Max), 1947-1954. 11 folders.
Physical Description

11 folders

Williams, Eric, 1948-1951. 9 folders.
Physical Description

9 folders

Wirtz, Willard, 1956. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wright, Harold Bell, 1936-1944. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Physical Description

2 boxes

1938-1949, 1938-1949. 19 folders.
Physical Description

19 folders

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1950-1957, 1950-1957. 14 folders.
Physical Description

14 folders

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Yorck, Ruth, 1947-1952. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

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