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   Grove Press Collection, 1956-1984 [Bulk Dates: 1958-1983]

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Preferred Citation

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

COinS Metadata available (e.g., for Zotero).

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 Dates: 1958-1983]
Physical description:1 linear ft. (1 record storage carton)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »



Arranged into the following series:

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Scope and Content

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 1958-1984

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’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 1959 and Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer in 1961.

Series II: Marketing Materials, 1956-1984

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, 1961-1972

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 journal Evergreen Review for sexual discrimination of female employees as well as sexism, racism, and exploitation of children in Grove Press works.

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; 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.

Finding aid in repository and online; folder level control.

Selected Related Material--at Columbia

Barney Rosset Papers Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Selected Related Material--at Outside Repositories

Grove Press Records Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Processed by Jacqueline Rider November 2013 JHR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion December 3, 2013 Finding aid written in English. Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    2013-12-03 xml document instance created by Jacqueline Rider

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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.

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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Black and white photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Book jackets.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Color proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Order forms.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Page proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Press releases.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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

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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's Lady Chatterley's Lover (1959) and Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer (1961). Grove Press Film Division distributed Vilgot Sjoman's I 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.

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