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Laura Keane Zametkin Hobson papers, 1930-1986

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0597
Bib ID 4078541 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hobson, Laura Z (Laura Zametkin), 1900-1986
Title Laura Keane Zametkin Hobson papers, 1930-1986
Physical Description 67 boxes (67 boxes, 2 oversize folders)
Language(s) English .
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 rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected items cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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 rbml@columbia.edu 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.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Information

Processed 06/20/88.

Revision Description

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

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"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sound recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Authors, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baldwin, Roger N (Roger Nash), 1884-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hart, Moss, 1904-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hobson, Laura Z (Laura Zametkin), 1900-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jones, Ernest, 1879-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Luce, Henry Robinson, 1898-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thompson, Dorothy, 1893-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Time-Life Books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

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.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence



Box 1 Agar, Herbert Sebastian


Box 1 Baldwin, Roger Nash


Box 1 Benton, William


Box 1 Carmer, Carl Lamson


Box 1 Cornell, Katharine


Box 1 Cousins, Norman


Box 1 Fadiman, Clifton Paul


Box 1 Ferber, Edna


Box 1 Gibbs, Wolcott


Box 1 Hammerstein, Oscar, II


Box 1 Hart, Moss


Box 1 Hersey, John


Box 1 Hoover, John Edgar


Box 1 Humphrey, Hubert Horatio


Box 1 Ickes, Harold Le Clair


Box 1 Jones, Ernest


Box 1 Kennedy, John Fitzgerald


Box 1 Kennedy, Robert Francis


Box 1 La Farge, Christopher Grant


Box 1 Lerner, Max


Box 1 Loveman, Amy


Box 1 Luce, Clare Boothe

Series II: Subject File



Box 2 Luce, Henry Robinson


Box 2 McCarthy, Eugene Joseph


Box 2 Mann, Klaus


Box 2 Mann, Thomas


Box 2 Mielziner, Jo


Box 2 Morse, Wayne


Box 2 Murrow, Edward R.


Box 2 Nizer, Louis


Box 2 Pringle, Henry Fowles


Box 2 Robinson, Henry Morton


Box 2 Roosevelt, Eleanor


Box 2 Schiff, Dorothy


Box 2 Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, Jr


Box 2 Sherwood, Robert Emmet


Box 2 Spock, Benjamin


Box 2 Stout, Rex


Box 2 Swanberg, William Andrew


Box 2 Swing, Raymond


Box 2 Thompson, Dorothy


Box 2 Van Doren, Carl Clinton


Box 2 Weidman, Jerome


Box 2 White, Walter Francis


Box 2 Misc. correspondence & personal


Box 2 Americans for Democratic Action, 19^+8


Box 2 Anti-Communist, 191*1-1952


Box 2 Anti-Witch hunt; Anti-Bigotry, 19^7-1952


Box 2 Agent: Curtis Brown Ltd., 1951-1955


Box 2 Agent: International Creative Management, Inc. (MCA; AFA; Ashley-Steiner), 1955-1981


Box 2 Agent: The Lantz Office Incorporated, 1980-1985


Box 2 The Authors League of America Inc.: Authors Investment Pool, 1952-197"-


Box 2 Book contracts, 1941-1952


Box 2 Cryptograms, 1956-1985



Box 3 Double-Crostics for Saturday Review, 1964-1985


Box 3 William-Heinemann Ltd 1960-1970


Box 3 Job, 1954-1956


Box 3 Political, 1953-1986


Box 3 Promotion-political, 1939-1942


Box 3 Radio & television, 1948-1956 (See also: Oversize Box l), 1948-1956


Box 3 The Reader's Digest, 1941-1949



Oversize Box 1 Interview: Laura Hobson on Mike Wallace, "Night Beat", May 24, 1957, 2 phonograph records;

WABD-TV-4


Oversize Box 1 Interview: Jack O'Brian with Laura Hobson, 1971 September 27, 1 phonograph records;

WOR radio



Box 3 Saturday Review of Literature, 1956-1958


Box 3 Sherman, Paul J.-Attorney, 1962-1985


Box 3 Stern & Reubens, Counselors at Law, 1951-1954


Box 3 Stork Club-Josephine Baker incident, 1951



Box 4 Time, Inc.-Promotion for: Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated, 1934-1969 , 1934-1969



Box 1 Time, Inc.-Promotion for: Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated - proofs of advertisements



Box 4 4Writers Board for World Government, 1949-1951


Box 4 Writers War Board, 1943-1945


Box 4 Young & Rubicsm, Inc. Advertising, 1959-1965


Box 4 Zametkin, Michael: "A Russian Shylock." (play)



General Mss Box 81 Folder 14 Correspondence with Allen Grover, 1940-1941

In General Manuscripts. Accession number: 2012.2013.M163.


General Mss Box 81 Folder 14 "Non-Stop Flight". T.ms., 1941

In General Manuscripts. Accession number: 2012.2013.M163

Series III: Diaries (Daily appointment "books)



Box 5 1934-1947 (14 volumes), 1934-1947



Box 6 1948-1960



Box 7 1961-1973



Box 8 1974-1984

Series IV: Financial records (Mostly checks-stub registers)



Box 9 1920-1953 [loose pages & 12 volumes), 1920-1953



Box 10 1953-1957



Box 11 1957-1962



Box 12 1962-1974 (loose pages & 20 volumes), 1962-1974

Series V: Articles, short stories, novelettes, playscripts, film treatments, Magazine Columns, & Newspaper Columns



Box 13 Typescripts, notes & correspondence



Box 14 Printed copies of articles: Clippings & issues of periodicals


Box 14 Printed copies of columns: Clippings mounted in scrapbooks, 5 volumes, 1952-1956. (See: Oversize Box 4]



Box 15 "As I listened to Archie "say 'Hebe'..." (The New York Times, 12 Sept 1971). Correspondence, typescripts, notes, & clippings [See also; Oversize Box 1]

Series VI: Books by Laura Z. Hobson



Box 16 Outlaws three. By Peter Field [i.e., Laura Z. Hobson & Thayer Hobson] London, Cassell and Company, Limited [1934] Printed copy of the English edition, inscribed by Thayer Hobson to Laura Z. Hobson, March1, 1934 with cartoon of a horse., March1, 1934


Box 16 Dry-gulch Adams. By Peter Field [i.e., Laura Z. Hobson & Thayer Hobson [London, Cassell and Company, Limited [1934]. Printed copy of the English edition, "Sample copy not for sale"


A Dog of his own. New York, The Viking Press, 1941


Box 16 Correspondence, clippings of reviews, publicity photograph


Box 16 Royalty statements


Box 16 Printed copies


The Trespassers. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1943



Box 17 Correspondence from readers


Box 17 Correspondence from refugees and documents on immigration


Box 17 Galley proofs-Bound copy, corrected


Box 17 Periodicals & books used for research



Box 18 Typescript with many corrections and changes



Box 19 Printed copies


Box 19 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, clippings, promotional materials, etc. (See: Oversize Box l)



Oversize Box 1 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, clippings, and promotional materials


Gentleman's agreement. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1947



Box 20 Correspondence from readers



Box 21 Correspondence with publishers, clippings, & printed misc.


Box 21 Correspondence re. film version


Box 21 Galley proofs


Box 21 Promotional materials


Box 21 Scrapbook-xerox copies of related materials


Box 21 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, clippings, promotional


Box 21 materials, etc. (See: Oversize Box l)



Box 22 Typescripts of first draft and final draft



Box 23 Printed copies



Box 24 Printed copies



Box 25 Printed copies


Box 25 Books used in research



Box 26 Books used in research



Oversize Box 1 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, clippings, and promotional materials


The Other father. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1950



Box 27 Correspondence


Box 27 Galley proofs-Bound copy


Box 27 Typescripts of first draft and later drafts



Box 28 Printed conies


Box 28 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, clippings promotional materials, etc. (See: Oversize Box l)



Oversize Box 1 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, clippings, and promotional materials


The Celebrity. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1951



Box 29 Correspondence, publishing documents, clippings, & promotional materials


Box 29 Galley proofs with corrections


Box 29 Typescript of a short early draft



Box 30 Printed copies


Box 30 Scrapbook of correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and promotional materials. (See: Oversize Box 2)



Oversize Box 2 Scrapbook of correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and promotional materials


First papers. New York, Random House, 1964



Box 31 Correspondence from readers, 1964-1982


Box 31 Correspondence about publishing


Box 31 Research notes 8s clippings



Box 32 Typescript-first draft



Box 33 Typescript-first draft with additions



Box 34 Typescript-final draft with changes


Box 34 Galley proofs with corrections



Box 35 Typescript-setting copy with final cuts



Box 36 Printed copies-hardcover & paperpack editions



Box 37 Printed copies-foreign editions (4 volumes)


Box 37 Books used in research



Box 38 Books used in research


Box 38 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, clippings, promotional materials, etc. (See: Oversize Box 2)



Oversize Box 2 Interview: Radio interview by Arlene Francis , 1964 November 4, 1 phonograph records;


Oversize Box 2 Interview: Radio interview by Jim Alberse re First Papers, 1964 December, 1 phonograph records;

Conducted for TIME-LIFE International. From sleeve: "For relesae Jan 2, 65 to 100 stations in 40 countries overseas, 180 college stations in U.S., 4 TIME-INC stations , and several commercial FM stations."


Oversize Box 2 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, clippings, and promotional materials


'I'm Going to Have a Baby!' London, Heinemann [c1967]; New York, The John Day Company [cl967]:



Box 39 Correspondence about publishing, documents, & xeroxes of proofs


Box 39 Manuscript & typescript


Box 39 Printed copies (4 volumes)of the English & American editions


The Tenth Month. New York, Simon and Schuster [cl970]:


Box 39 Correspondence from readers


Box 39 Correspondence about publishing & television film rights


Box 39 Research notes & clippings


Box 39 Bound proofs



Box 40 Typescript-first draft


Box 40 Typescript-draft sent to publishers



Box 41 Typescript-final draft


Box 41 Typescript-printer's copy



Box 42 Printed copies


Box 42 Book used for research


Box 42 Scrapbook of clippings of reviews, promotional materials, and related items (See: Oversize Box 2)



Oversize Box 2 Scrapbook of clippings of reviews, promotional materials, and related materials


Consenting Adult. Garden City, NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975



Box 43 Correspondence from readers



Box 44 Correspondence from readers



Box 45 Correspondence about publishing & dramatic rights, with related documents


Box 45 Research notes & clippings


Box 45 Proofs-galley proofs with corrections


Box 45 Proofs-bound volume



Box 46 Typescript-first draft


Box 46 Typescript-early outline


Box 46 Typescript-dramatic adaptation



Box 47 Typescript-submitted to Doubleday


Box 47 Typescript-rewritten for Doubleday



Box 48 Typescript-submitted to Doubleday


Box 48 Typescript-final draft, carbon


Box 48 Typescript-printer's copy



Box 49 Printed copies (l4 volumes) of hardback, paperback and foreign editions



Box 50 Books used in research


Box 50 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, memoranda, clippings, and promotional materials (See: Oversize Box 3)


Box 50 Scrapbook of clippings of reviews and promotional materials for the television dramatization of Consenting adult (See: Oversize Box 3)



Oversize Box 3 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, memoranda, clippings, and promotional materials


Oversize Box 3 Scrapbook of clippings of reviews and promotional materials for the television dramatization of Consenting Adult.


How do you hang a penguin up?. Unpublished book for children, 1975



Box 51 Correspondence about publishing


Box 51 Typescripts


Over and above. Garden City, NY, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1979


Box 51 Correspondence, memoranda, documents, & reviews


Box 51 Research notes


Box 51 Proofs-galley proofs, corrected


Box 51 Proofs-bound volume


Box 51 Typescript-first draft



Box 52 Typescript-final copies



Box 53 Typescript-setting copy


Box 53 Printed copies


Box 53 Books used for research (.2 volumes)


Box 53 Scrapbook (unbound) of correspondence, notes, clippings, and promotional materials (See: Oversize Box 3)



Oversize Box 3 Scrapbook (unbound) of correspondence, notes, clippings, and promotional materials


Untold millions. New York, Harper & Row [cl982]:



Box 54 Correspondence, memoranda, etc.


Box 54 Research notes & clippings


Box 54 Typescript-first drafts



Box 55 Typescript-later drafts


Box 55 Typescript-printer's copy



Box 56 Page proofs



Box 57 Galley proofs


Box 57 Proof-bound copy


Box 57 Printed copies (4 volumes)


Box 57 Printed copy of typescript


Box 57 Abridgement from Redbook magazine


Box 57 Scrapbook of correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, clippings, and promotional materials (See: Oversize Box 3)



Oversize Box 3 Scrapbook of correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, clippings, and promotional materials


Laura Z; a life. New York, Arbor House [cl983]:



Box 58 Correspondence from readers


Box 58 Correspondence about publishing


Box 58 Correspondence about film and television rights


Box 58 Research notes



Box 59 Typescript-first draft


Box 59 Typescript-xerox of final draft



Box 60 Typescript-carbon copy of final draft


Box 60 Galley proofs-corrected xerox


Box 60 Bound proof-corrected



Box 61 Printed copies (4 volumes)


Box 61 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings of reviews, and promotional materials (.See: Oversize Box 3)


Box 61 Promotional material: framed advertisement (See: Oversize Folder 2)



Oversize Box 3 Scrapbook of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings of reviews, and promotional materials



Oversize Box 4 Articles, short stories, novelettes, play scripts, film treatments, magazine columns, & newspaper columns


Oversize Box 4 Printed copies of columns: Clippings mounted in scrapbooks, 1952-1956 5 volumes, 1952-1956



Oversize Box 2 Laura Z; a life. Framed advertisement for the dramatic rights to this book


Laura Z; a life years of fulfillment. New York, Donald I. Fine, Inc. [cl986]:



Box 62 Correspondence


Box 62 Research notes, clippings, memoranda, and related materials



Box 63 Typescript-first draft


Box 63 Typescript-final draft



Box 64 Typescript-final draft, xerox copy with corrections


Box 64 Page proofs


Box 64 Printed copy