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Collection Overview

Henry Holt and Company.
Archives of Henry Holt and Company
Manuscripts Division
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1859-1981 (mostly 1890-1943)
191 boxes, 435 Volumes, and 133 linear feet
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-159; 190-200; 149A; 159A; B-001221 ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 160-162; 165-166; 177-189


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 photographs, publicity materials, and clippings about Robert Frost.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of correspondence and manuscripts of authors published by the firm, letterbooks, financial records, inventory records, copyright records, advertising records, trade catalogs, stockholder records, and a series consisting of photographs, publicity materials, and clippings relating to Robert Frost. Authors represented include Robert Frost, Henry Adams, William James, Carl Sandburg, John Dewey, Albert Schweitzer, Hamlin Garland, and H. L. Mencken.


The collection is arranged into 11 series. Box numbers 163-164, 167-176 not used.

Collection Creator Biography:

Henry Holt and Company.

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 Company. The company's 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.

Collection History


Gift of Henry Holt and Company. The bulk of the archives were acquired in 1952 (AM 14560). Additional materials were later acquired from Henry Holt and Company via various representatives of the company, including Albert C. Edwards, Ross Sackett, Maureen McManus, William J. Tribe (AM 18508), Joanne L. Berg (AM 85-99), and others (AM 18808, AM 19842), primarily during the 1950s through the 1970s. A small addition of publishing correspondence was acquired via the University Club in New York City in 2018 (AM 2019-13).

Custodial History

Representatives of the University Club in New York City, from whom the Library received a small addition of publishing correspondence (AM 2019-13), believe they received this material from Henry Holt around the time that the bulk of the archives were acquired by Princeton.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

New materials added by Kelly Bolding in September 2018.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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 Henry Holt and Company; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184