Biography and History

An illustrated chronology about Charles Scribner's Sons is available at: http://libweb.princeton.edu/libraries/firestone/rbsc/aids/scribner/index.html.

Source: From the finding aid for C0101

  • Archives of Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1786-2004 (inclusive), 1880s-1970s (bulk).

    Call Number: C0101

    This collection consists of virtually all of the surviving records of Scribners (1846-1984), the New York City publisher, and reflect aspects of all of its publishing functions (soliciting and acquiring books, editing manuscripts, printing and manufacturing books, advertising and publicizing publications) and business concerns (book and magazine publisher, retail bookstore, subscription books department, educational books department, printing press and bindery, rare books department). Included are files of editorial correspondence with authors, manufacturing records about book production, advertising records, author contracts, a collection of dust jackets, book catalogs, ledgers, and photographs. While there are gaps in most of the series or record groups, there are records representative of all of the firm's former permutations: Baker & Scribner, Charles Scribner & Co., Scribner, Armstrong & Co., Scribner, Armstrong & Welford, Scribner & Co., Charles Scribner's Sons. The bulk of the material (1880s-1970s), however, dates from the period when the publisher bore its most familiar name, "Charles Scribner's Sons." There is also material related to early publishers' organizations and international copyright.

  • Archives of Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1786-2004 (inclusive), 1880s-1970s (bulk).

    Call Number: C0101

    This collection consists of virtually all of the surviving records of Scribners (1846-1984), the New York City publisher, and reflect aspects of all of its publishing functions (soliciting and acquiring books, editing manuscripts, printing and manufacturing books, advertising and publicizing publications) and business concerns (book and magazine publisher, retail bookstore, subscription books department, educational books department, printing press and bindery, rare books department). Included are files of editorial correspondence with authors, manufacturing records about book production, advertising records, author contracts, a collection of dust jackets, book catalogs, ledgers, and photographs. While there are gaps in most of the series or record groups, there are records representative of all of the firm's former permutations: Baker & Scribner, Charles Scribner & Co., Scribner, Armstrong & Co., Scribner, Armstrong & Welford, Scribner & Co., Charles Scribner's Sons. The bulk of the material (1880s-1970s), however, dates from the period when the publisher bore its most familiar name, "Charles Scribner's Sons." There is also material related to early publishers' organizations and international copyright.

  • Robert Bridges Collection. 1896-1939 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0209

    Consists of correspondence and miscellany pertaining to Robert Bridges' editorial work at Charles Scribner's Sons, as well as material relating to Princeton (particularly his Class of 1879 and the Princeton Club of New York), the Century Club, and the Coffee House Club, in all of which Bridges was an active member.

  • Selected Papers of Alfred S. Dashiell. 1921-1967 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0212

    Alfred S. Dashiell was an American writer and editor. His papers relate primarily to his time as editor of Scribner’s and Reader’s Digest. Letters, memorabilia, and incomplete manuscripts of Thomas Wolfe appear, along with letters from other authors, assorted correspondence, and papers dealing with the Princeton matters of Terrace Club, Graduate Council, Hibben Fund, and Class of 1923 reunions.

  • Alfred Thayer Mahan Collection. 1883-1913 (bulk), 1883-1977 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1126

    Consists chiefly of letters by Alfred Thayer Mahan to his publisher regarding his writings about United States naval history. Mahan was a U.S. naval officer in the Civil War, and his work on the importance of adequate navies and merchant marines influenced the policies and philosophies of national leaders across the globe, including those of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

  • Selected Papers of Edward T. Chase. 1904-2002 (inclusive), 1979-2002 (bulk).

    Call Number: C1348

    Consists of selected papers of Edward T. Chase (1919-2005) including correspondence, manuscripts and other documents relating to Chase's professional career as a book editor at several New York publishing companies spanning the years 1972-1995.