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Series V: Articles, short stories, novelettes, playscripts, film treatments, Magazine Columns, & Newspaper Columns
At a Glance
Selected items cataloged; remainder arranged.
Scope and Content
Correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, drafts, notes, documents, proofs, clippings, printed books, and other related materials. There are typescript drafts, proofs, related correspondence,, and printed copies of each of her books; typescript and tearsheets of her short stories, novelettes, and playscripts; correspondence with readers, agents, and publishers, and files for her promotional work at Time-Life, her newspapare and magazine columns, and her other interests; her daily appointment books; and her financial records. Among the cataloged correspondence are: Roger Nash Baldwin, Moss Hart, Hubert H. Humphrey, Ernest Jones, Clare Boothe and Henry Luce, Thomas Mann, Jo Mielziner, and Dorothy Thompson.
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Restrictions on Access
Boxes 2-64 and Oversize 1-4 are located off-site. You will need to request this material 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.
Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Laura Keane Zametkin Hobson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of the Laura Hobson Estate, 1986.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2020-01-22 Oversize and additon series integrated into existing series. kws
2020-08-21 Added links to digitized material. kws
2020-12-01 Corrected box 1 - moved correspondents from box 2. kws
History / Biographical Note
Laura Keane Zametkin Hobson, author and publicist, was an advertising copywriter, 1922-1930; a reporter for several New York papers, 1926-1927. She was married to Thayer Hobson, publisher and author, from 1930 to 1935; in 1932 she began to publish short stories and novelettes; between 1932 and 1935 she did advertising for the B. Altman store; Director of Promotion at Time, Inc., 1935-1940. In 1940 she began to write novels, with "The Trespassers" (1943). Her second novel"Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), became a worldwide success, and she continued as a novelist the rest of her life. She wrote screenplays 1943-1944; was a newspaper columnist, 1953-1954; returned to Time-Life, 1955-1963; began to write magazine columns in 1955; and was an active member of the Writers War Board, Americans for Democratic Action, The Authors League, and other professional organizations.