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Collection Overview

Creator:
Nicholson, George McHugh, 1937-2015
Title:
George Nicholson Sterling Lord Literistic Author Files
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/4m90dz25p
Dates:
1870-2015 (mostly 1995-2015)
Size:
28 boxes and 26 linear feet
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-28
Language:
English

Abstract

George Nicholson (1937-2015) was a literary agent for children's and young adult books at Sterling Lord Literistic from 1995 to 2015. The collection consists of his Sterling Lord Literistic office files on the authors and illustrators with whom he worked, such as Tony Abbott, Betsy Byars, Lois Duncan, Patricia Reilly Giff, Alice Provensen, Peter Lerangis, and Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and the literary estates he managed, including those of Don Freeman, Hardie Gramatky, and Lois Lenski. Author files include correspondence and email printouts, as well as copies of contracts and agreements, royalties statements, book jacket proofs, promotional materials, drafts and proofs of book manuscripts, and photocopies and mock-ups of books.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of author files from the office of literary agent and publisher George Nicholson (1937-2015) during his tenure at the literary agency Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc., from 1995 to 2015. Materials include email printouts and other correspondence with children's and young adult book authors and illustrators, as well as regarding the literary estates of Don Freeman, Hardie Gramatky, and Lois Lenski, which he managed. Files are generally arranged by author and often contain copies of contracts and agreements, royalty statements, book jacket proofs, promotional materials, drafts and proofs of book manuscripts, and photocopies and mock-ups of books in addition to correspondence. While some materials (primarily photocopies) in author files are older, the vast majority of materials in the collection date from the 1990s and 2000s.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by author name, based on labels on original hanging file folders.

Collection Creator Biography:

Nicholson, George McHugh, 1937-2015

Before joining Sterling Lord Literistic as an agent for children's and young adult books in 1995, George Nicholson (1937-2015) founded Delacorte Press and Yearling Books, and was Publisher of Books for Children at Viking Press, as well as of Bantam Doubleday Dell Books. Among his clients were Tony Abbott, Joan Bauer, Betsy Byars, Cathleen Bell, Lois Duncan, Kevin Emerson, Alexandra Flinn, Patricia Reilly Giff, Jan Greenberg, Michael Harmon, Sandra Jordan, Peter Lerangis, Laura and Tom McNeal, Leonard Marcus, Harry Mazer, Rune Michaels, Philip Nel, Alice Provensen, Deborah Kogan Ray, Susan Goldman Rubin, Sergio Ruzzier, Clete Smith, and Zilpha Keatley Snyder, as well as the literary estates of Don Freeman, Hardie Gramatky, Marguerite Henry, and Lois Lenski. Nicholson also taught and lectured widely, and was on the Board of the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc., in 2016 (AM 2016-115).

Appraisal

No materials were separated from the collection during 2016 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding and Rachel Dubin '17 in July 2016. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in July 2016, with assistance from Rachel Dubin '17.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Leonard S. Marcus author files, housed in Box 27 and Box 28, are restricted during his lifetime.

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:

George Nicholson Sterling Lord Literistic Author Files; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/4m90dz25p
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184