Biography and History

Henry Holt was born on January 3, 1840 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated at General Prosser’s school in New Haven before attending Yale University. Although he graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1864, Holt was fascinated by literature and decided to enter the publishing world. He started his first company, Leypoldt and Holt in 1866. In 1873 Leypoldt retired and the firm became Henry Holt and Co. His most popular series was the Leisure Hour series, launched in 1872. Later in life, Holt started to become more involved in his own writing, and published several works. He passed away in New York City on February 13, 1926.

Source: From the finding aid for C0100


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  • Archives of Henry Holt and Company. 1859-1981 (inclusive), 1890-1943 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0100

    Henry Holt was a prominent publisher in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection consists of correspondence and manuscripts of authors published by the company, various bookkeeping records, and a collection of photos, publicity materials, and clippings about Robert Frost.

  • William M. Sloane Papers. 1931-1979 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0236

    Consists primarily of correspondence of William M. Sloane during his publishing and editorial career, which is documented in several publishing files. These include papers of the Association of American University Presses when Sloane served as vice-president and president (1966, 1969-70); the Council on Books in Wartime; the Visiting Committee of American Book Publishers; and the publishing houses of Henry Holt and Company (1938-46) and William Sloane Associates (1946-52).