Contents and Arrangement

Series 3: Author Files, 1768-1989

595 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Editorial correspondence (see also Series 24: Requests Accepted for Publication, 1936-1945)

The heart of the Records, spanning over a century of publishing, these files contain primarily correspondence between Scribner editors–W. C. Brownell, Edward L. Burlingame, Robert Bridges, Maxwell Perkins, John Hall Wheelock, Wallace Meyer, Burroughs Mitchell, Harry Brague, and Elinor Parker, among others–and Scribner authors about their books and, occasionally, their shorter works (for consideration by Scribner's Magazine). Some files also contain partial manuscripts, book contracts, dust jackets, and related material. Included are the files of James Truslow Adams ( The March of Democracy), J. M. Barrie ( Peter Pan and Wendy), Frances Hodgson Burnett ( Little Lord Fauntleroy), Mary Mapes Dodge ( Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates), F. Scott Fitzgerald ( The Great Gatsby), Douglas Southall Freeman ( R. E. Lee: A Biography), John Galsworthy ( The Forsyte Saga), Henry James ( The Wings of the Dove), Will James ( Smoky), James Jones ( From Here to Eternity), Alan Paton ( Cry, the Beloved Country), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings ( The Yearling), Theodore Roosevelt ( The Rough Riders), Robert Louis Stevenson ( Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), Edith Wharton ( Ethan Frome), and Thomas Wolfe ( Look Homeward, Angel). (The voluminous Ernest Hemingway files are a separate series; see under Series 10: Hemingway Files, 1925-1987.)


The major author files are arranged alphabetically in four separate units, as they were received from Scribners; depending on the length/range of his/her career, an author may be represented in more than one: Author Files I: (bulk 1870s-1940s), Author Files II: (bulk 1920s-1960s), Author Files III: (bulk 1940s-1960s), Author Files IV: (bulk 1960s-1980s).

Collection History


In 1957-1958, the Scribner's Art Dept. donated some material to the Archives of American Art, including portrait files, illustrator files, and miscellaneous reference files. Images and descriptions of these items are available at:

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney in sections over many years, beginning about 1981. Finding aid written by John Delaney in parts, beginning about 1984.

During 2022, restrictions on selected original materials where researchers were required to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Originals for boxes 73-75; boxes 193-195; boxes 197-199; box 287, folder 9; boxes 768-771; box 772, folders 1-30; box 773, folder 41; boxes 774-779; and box 866, folders 1-3 are stored in special vault facilities.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 3: Author Files; Archives of Charles Scribner's Sons, C0101, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Brandywine River Museum of Art. The Charles Scribner's Sons Art Department Card File. Reference Number: T-SCRIB-47000


Burlingame, Roger. Of Making Many Books (New York: Scribners, 1946) Delaney, John, ed. Three volumes in the Documentary Series of the Dictionary of Literary Biography published by Gale Research (Detroit): The House of Scribner, 1846-1904 (1995); The House of Scribner, 1905-1930 (1997); The House of Scribner, 1931-1984 (1998)

Charles Scribner and Company.
Charles Scribner's Sons.
Baker & Scribner
Scribner & Co.
Scribner, Armstrong & Welford
Scribner, Armstrong, and Company.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. (1899-1961)