Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Grove Press Collection, 1956-1984, bulk 1958-1983

Summary Information


The Grove Press Collection consists of production, publication, and marketing materials from the Grove Press Records at Syracuse University, which document the history of the Grove Press in Greenwich Village.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1697
Bib ID 10553502 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Grove Press
Title Grove Press Collection, 1956-1984, bulk 1958-1983
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 record storage carton)
Language(s) English

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Arranged into the following series: I. Book Titles, circa 1958-1984, II. Marketing Materials, 1956-1984, III. Office Files, 1961-1972.



The collection consists of production and marketing materials related to books published by Grove Press from 1954 to 1984. Items include book cover color proofs, black and white photographs, news releases, court records, order forms, catalogs and some office files.

  • Series I: Book Titles, circa

    Series I consists of files related to production, publication, and publicity of books from Grove Press. Included are color proofs for dust jackets and paperback covers, page proofs, black and white photographs of authors and book cover art. Documents for several book titles are arranged separately in this series. Of particular note are court records, news releases, and promotional materials pertaining to the Grove Press publication of D.H. Lawrence'sLady Chatterley's Loverin 1959 and Henry Miller'sTropic of Cancerin 1961.

  • Series II: Marketing Materials

    Series II consists of book reviews, catalogs, newsletters, news releases, order forms, and marketing items such as fliers, posters, and review reprints. Included are files for Grove Press film division.

  • Series III: Office Files

    Series III consists of financial statements, annual reports, staff meeting minutes, contracts, author information forms, publication schedules, reviewer lists, and black and white photographs of Grove Press offices on the corner of Mercer and Bleecker Streets in Greenwich Village. Included are documents pertaining to charges against Grove Press and its journalEvergreen Reviewfor sexual discrimination of female employees as well as sexism, racism, and exploitation of children in Grove Press works.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Grove Press Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material--at Columbia

Barney Rosset Papers Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Grove Press Records Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries


No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed by Jacqueline Rider JHR November 2013.

Revision Description

2013-12-03 xml document instance created by Jacqueline Rider

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Black and white photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book jackets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Color proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Order forms Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Page proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beat generation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Booksellers and bookselling Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catalogs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Censorship Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Censorship -- United States -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Erotica -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Film festivals -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Genet, Jean, 1910-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grove Press Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grove Press -- : History -- : 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grove Press. Film Division Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawrence, D. H (David Herbert), 1885-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obscenity (Law) -- United States -- Cases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pornography -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rosset, Barney Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warhol, Andy, 1928-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

Established in 1949 in Greenwich Village, Grove Press grew after Barney Rosset's purchase in 1951 from a small independent press into a multimillion-dollar publisher of twentieth century avant-garde works. It continues under Grove Atlantic. It was famous for publishing controversial and banned books, such as D.H. Lawrence'sLady Chatterley's Lover(1959) and Henry Miller'sTropic of Cancer(1961). Grove Press Film Division distributed Vilgot Sjoman'sI Am Curious (Yellow), which broke American box office records for foreign films. Grove challenged and fostered debate on prevailing attitudes about sexuality, the Vietnam War, civil rights, black power, and student movements in the United States. It experienced internal conflict in staff unionization efforts and in feminist challenges to employment practices and publication emphases.