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Collection Overview

Creator:
Harper & Brothers Publishers
Title:
Selected Records of Harper & Brothers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/qf85nb302
Dates:
1909-1960 (mostly 1939-1955)
Size:
34 boxes, 2 folders, and 5.95 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-34
Language:
English

Abstract

The Selected Papers of Harper & Brothers consist primarily of the editorial and business correspondence of Harper & Brothers, a distinguished publishing firm, between 1909 and 1960.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The Selected Papers of Harper & Brothers consist primarily of editorial and business correspondence, 1909-1960, with the bulk of the material dating from ca. 1939-1955. In addition, there are several folders of correspondence of Cass Canfield in connection with the 1956 Presidential campaign of Adlai E. Stevenson. Among the broad spectrum of American and European writers included are Gwendolyn Brooks, Virginia Cowles, Max Eastman, Andre Maurois, Adlai Stevenson, and Richard Wright. Within each author's correspondence there may be letters to and from other well known literary figures such as Dorothy Canfield Fisher, H.L. Mancken, Van Wyck Brooks, Louis Auchincloss, or Upton Sinclair. Among the few manuscripts in the collection is a holograph manuscripts of a Gwendolyn Brooks poem and proposals for books by various authors.

For a history of Harper & Brothers see The House of Harper (New York: Harper & Bros., 1967) by Eugene Exman.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged alphabetically by author and then chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Harper & Brothers Publishers

Harper & Brothers was a distinguished publishing firm in the nineteenth century. The firm was established in 1817 by James and John Harper, and its first venture into publishing was with John Locke's Essay on Human Understanding. Brothers Joseph and Fletcher Harper later joined the business, and the company took on the name Harper & Brothers in 1833. The firm launched Harper's New Monthly Magazine in 1850, Harper's Weekly in 1857, and Harper's Bazar (later Bazaar) in 1867. Harper & Brothers passed out of family hands in 1900.

Collection History

Acquisition:

The collection is a gift of Harper & Brothers.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

In 2022, restrictions on Richard Wright materials where researchers were required to use surrogates were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication 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 Special Collections 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:

Selected Records of Harper & Brothers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/qf85nb302
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184