Publishers' and Retailers' Catalogs
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- Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.
- Title and dates:
- Publishers' and Retailers' Catalogs
- circa 1913-2015
- Advertising material, mostly catalogs, from publishers and sellers of children's books, toys and educational products.
- 3 linear feet
- 7 archival boxes
- Call number:
- Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare
Books and Special Collections
Cotsen Children's Library
Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA
- Language(s) of materials:
- Storage note:
- This collection is stored offsite at the ReCAP facility.
This collection encompasses two different but interrelated types of material. The first series is made up of catalogs and advertising materials from publishers of children's books. Many of these catalogs exclusively advertise children's materials, with some catalogs aimed at children themselves and others aimed at their parents and teachers. A number of the items are general publishers' catalogs with dedicated sections for children's books. A few of these general catalogs list no children's books; there is a note in the item's description where this is the case. The second series lists advertising materials from a variety of retailers that feature products for children. Some of these retailers are book sellers, while others advertise toys, games, dolls and educational materials. Each entry in the retailers' series gives a brief description of the kind of material advertised in the catalog. Items in this series range from the glossy catalogs of large national toy companies such as American Girl to a holiday catalog from the Gilmore Stationery Store in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The retailers' series also includes some advertising compendiums from publishing guilds or trade groups, e.g. Children's Buyer's Guide, produced by the British book trade magazine The Bookseller. Most of the materials in the collection are in English, with a few French and German firms represented in the publishers' series and a few Italian and German companies represented in the retailers' series.
Access and Use
This collection is open for research.
Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information
Photocopies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.
Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Materials in this collection were compiled from a variety of sources. The Harper Brothers catalogs were purchased in 2002 from Aleph-Bet Books, Inc., Pound Ridge, NY. The foreign language catalogs were purchased from Michael Winetraub over the course of many years. Many of the more recent catalogs, especially seller's catalogs, were added to the collection by Cotsen's curator, Andrea Immel, who received them at home.
No materials were separated during 2014-2015 processing.
Processing and Other Information
This collection was processed in late 2014 and early 2015 by Ellen Williams, who also wrote the finding aid.
Descriptive Rules Used
Finding aid content adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2015-03-03T16:40-0500
Language(s) of this Finding Aid
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Publishers' and Retailers' Catalogs, Box and Folder Number; Cotsen Children's Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
- Children's Periodicals -- Publishing -- England -- 20th Century.
- Children's Periodicals -- Publishing -- France -- 20th Century.
- Children's Periodicals -- Publishing -- Germany -- 20th Century.
- Children's Periodicals -- Publishing -- Italy -- 20th Century.
- Children's Periodicals -- Publishing -- United States -- 20th Century.
- Book catalogs.
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