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Series 5: Business Files, 1959-2004

4 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of reports, correspondence, publicity materials, memorandums, and other documents related to William Jovanovich's role as chairman at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. While files are not comprehensive, they do document Jovanovich's attempt to avoid a takeover of his company by the British publisher Robert Maxwell in the late 1980s, publishing ventures in the Soviet Union, Georgia, and Yugoslavia, and the Harcourt Brace & Company merger with the World Book Company. Also present is a group of correspondence and other materials related to Jovanovich's employees, colleagues, attorney, and independent contractors who supported his publishing operation, as are annual reports, company memos, and proposals regarding textbook publishing. Company memos and policies consist both of formal office memorandums, as well as certain correspondence that Jovanovich kept and circulated articulating his thoughts on religion, evolution, and other topics as they relate to publishing. There is also a group of address cards that document Jovanovich's professional contacts during his time at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Collection History

Appraisal

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 5: Business Files; William Jovanovich Papers, C1505, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Location:
Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 54-56; 61