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Joseph Aaron Margolies papers, 1914-1963

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0842
Bib ID 4078371 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Margolies, Joseph A., 1889-
Title Joseph Aaron Margolies papers, 1914-1963
Physical Description 1 box (1 box)
Language(s) English .

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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.


Scope and content

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs and printed materials concerning literary and political topics. Among the letters from literary figures are ten letters from the American novelist and playwright Aʹmelie Rives and her husband, the Russian Prince Pierre Troubetzkoy and letters from other famous authors during the 1920's. There are also letters Margolies collected, including eight letters from Stuyvesant Fish to George Wharton Pepper, on the League of the Preservation of American Independence, on President Wilson and the League of Nations, and letters from Presidents T. Roosevelt and Taft to Harry B. Apt concerning speaking engagements. Most of the many photographs cover the opening of a bookstore in Teheran in 1963, for which there is also additional material.

Cataloged correspondence: Bround, Heywood; Cabell, James Branch; Davis, Elmer; Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan; Dreiser, Theodore; Fish, Stuyvesant; Frank, Waldo; Frick, Henry Clay; Fuchs, Emil; Funk, Wilfred John; Gregory, Horace; Guffey, Joseph F.; Hansen, Harry; Henri, Robert; Hoffenstein, Samuel; Knopf, Alfred A.; Lansing, Robert; Laski,Harold Joseph; MacLeish, Archibald; Moses, Montrose Jonas; Phelps, William Lyon; Poindexter, Miles; Reed, James Alexander; Reynolds, Russel Burton; Roosevelt, Theodore; Scheetzl,A. E.; Straus, Oscar Solomon; Taft, William Howard; Troubestkoy, Pierre; Troubetskor, Amelie Rives (Princess Pierre); Van Doren, Irita Bradford; Van Doren, Mark; Van Vechten, Carl; Truman, Harry S. (s. photograph)

Uncatalogued materials: Biographical; Correspondence uncataloged; JFK memorial service, Iran; Photos; Retirement; The State of the Book Business (pamphlet); Trip to Iran 1963-64

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); Joseph Aaron Margolies papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Margolies, Mrs. Joseph A. (via OHRO). Method of acquisition--gift; Date of acquisition--1984.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed JL-W 02/--/85.

Subject Headings

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Booksellers and bookselling Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brentano's (Firm) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Book Department Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Council on Books in Wartime Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fish, Stuyvesant, 1851-1923 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Foreign Policy Association. Book Department Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rives, Amélie, 1863-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trubet︠s︡koĭ, Nikolaĭ Petrovich, kni︠a︡zʹ , 1828-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Manager of Brentano's Bookstore in New York City from 1921-1951, director of the Council of Books in Wartime, 1944-1947, and later, director of the Book Department of the Foreign Policy Association and of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.