Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections and Connett, Eugene V. (Eugene Virginius), 1891-1969.
Title:
Archives of Derrydale Press
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/n870zq849
Dates:
1926-1960 (mostly 1928-1942)
Size:
111 boxes and 69.60 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-110; 47a
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of correspondence and business papers of the Derrydale Press, from its foundation in 1926 by Eugene V. Connett III (Princeton Class of 1912) through its liquidation in 1942. There is also a great deal of correspondence by Connett and his staff concerning the acquisition and editing of manuscripts, sales, and distribution, and promotion of the books.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of correspondence and business papers of the Derrydale Press from its foundation in 1926 by Eugene V. Connett III (Class of l912) through its liquidation in 1942. Included are letters by the authors and illustrators of most of the sporting books published by Derrydale, such as Ernest R. Gee, Roland Clark, Paul Brown, and Gordon Grand. There is also a great deal of correspondence by Connett and his staff concerning the acquisition and editing of manuscripts, sales, and distribution, and promotion of the books.

The business section holds financial reports (1932-1942), insurance policies, orders, receipts, tax information, the files of Hooker Talcott (treasurer), and ledgers. Of interest are 15 volumes of scrapbooks (1926-1940) containing press clippings, stories about Connett, promotional leaflets, trade catalogs, and other memorabilia. There is also a binder of Connett letters, Derrydale Press catalogs, and related articles collected by Joseph Spear Beck.

Collection Creator Biography:

Connett, Eugene V. (Eugene Virginius), 1891-1969.

Eugene V. Connett III established the Derrydale Press in New York City in 1927. This press went on to become the leading publisher of outdoor books in North America.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Eugene V. Connet, Class of 1912, founder of Derrydale Press, publishers of sporting books, 1964 .

[AM 18276:Originally listed by Thomas B. Goodnow, 1929, revised by Barbara Taylor 1984]

Custodial History:

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication 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 RBSC 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.

Credit this material:

Archives of Derrydale Press; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/n870zq849
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184