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House of Books Ltd. records, 1875-1984

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0617
Bib ID 4078352 View CLIO record
Creator(s) House of Books, Ltd. (New York, N.Y.) ; Cohn, Marguerite, 1887-1984 ; Cohn, Louis Henry
Title House of Books Ltd. records, 1875-1984
Physical Description 86 boxes (86 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 10-85. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, business records, book catalogs and other printed materials of Louis and Marguerite Cohn and their customers, associates and friends. Correspondents include Stephen Vincent Benʹet, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, and Marianne Moore, all among the authors represented in the Crown Octavos series published by the House of Books; there are also manuscripts, proofs and correspondence with printers for this series. Other correspondents include Cyril Connolly, W. Somerset Maugham and Tom Stoppard. Also in the collection are letters and manuscripts from the stock of the shop; notable among these are a series of Graham Greene letters and pages from an autograph book which contains entries from many turn of the century American Literary figures. The collection also include the personal memorabilia of the Cohn and Arnold families. Louis Cohn's participation in World War I as an officer in the French Army is recorded in photographs, documents and memorabilia. Marguerite's childhood collections, among them many early greeting cards, are also included.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 10-85. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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); House of Books Ltd. records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

Pearl S. Buck manuscript is on: microfilm.

W.H. Auden letters are on: microfilm.

Ownership and Custodial History

Bequest of Marguerite A. Cohn, 1984.

Gift of Carol Z. Rothkopf, 1984-1995.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Business records and stock of shop Processed JCA 1985.

Papers Processed JCA/JL-W 1985.

Stoppard playscript Cataloged HR 07/23/1992.

Letters & memorabilia Cataloged & processed HR 10/06/1998.

Series IX: Business Materials (boxes 28-70) was formerly known as Series IX: Closed Materials.  The restriction was removed August 4, 2020.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

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

2020-08-03 Restriction on Series IX lifted. kws

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Booksellers and bookselling Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bookstores -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catalogs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Connolly, Cyril, 1903-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Consuls Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greene, Graham, 1904-1991 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soldiers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stoppard, Tom Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1914-1918 -- France Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Louis Henry Cohn, 1888-1953, and Marguerite Arnold Cohn, 1887-1984, opened the House of Books on October 10, 1930. The bookstore specialized in 20th century British and American first editions and brought the Cohns into contact with many of the major literary figures of the century.