Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Author and Publisher Files, 1927-2001 (mostly 1940-1993)

20 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of William Jovanovich's files on nearly two hundred authors and publishers with whom he worked. Author files consist of correspondence with authors, their agents, and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich editors, as well as originals and copies of early manuscripts and drafts of writings, press clippings, book jacket proofs, recordings, and other editorial materials, although not all files contain both correspondence and writings. While author files primarily exist for authors whose work was published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, there are also files on authors whose works Jovanovich was considering publishing before a contract fell through, those like Ambrose Bierce and Hart Crane whose works he was interested in reprinting, and authors he did not publish but to whom he otherwise provided guidance or kept up correspondence. Publisher files consist largely of correspondence and include a significant amount of material related to Helen Wolff, of the Kurt and Helen Wolff Book imprint of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, a collaboration that began in 1961. Author files on Edward Dahlberg, T. S. Eliot, Vane Ivanović, Marshall McLuhan, and Carl Sandburg are particularly extensive.

Researchers should note that a large author file on Charles A. Lindbergh, as well as some materials regarding Anne Morrow Lindbergh, can be found in Series 2: Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Files. Jovanovich maintained a very close relationship with the Lindberghs and personally edited Charles Lindbergh's autobiography. The separation of this file reflects the original organization of the papers.


Files are arranged alphabetically by name.

Collection History


No materials were separated during 2015 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in June-August 2015, with assistance from Kristine Gift (GS) and Noga Zaborowski '18. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in August 2015.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research, with the exception of audiovisual media that have not been digitized.

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 1: Author and Publisher Files; William Jovanovich Papers, C1505, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Boxes B-000009 to B-000027, P-000001