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Correspondence, manuscripts, awards, photographs, and clippings. The collection includes letters from authors, publishers, journalists, and the reading public about Prescott's book reviews from 1931 to 1968. Printed copies of his book review column in The New York Times from 1942 until 1968 and printed copies of his articles and book reviews in "Cue", "The Yale Review", "The Saturday Review", and other magazines and newspapers are mounted in 22 scrapbooks. There is the setting typescript of his book Lords of Italy; portraits from the Middle Ages (Harper & Row, 1972), as well as clippings of reviews and correspondence relating to his other books. There is also a volume of letters from authors and friends on his retirement from The New York Times in 1966, as well as photographs and awards. Among the cataloged correspondents are: Louis Auchincloss, John Hersey, Phyllis McGinley, Mary Renault, A.L. Rowse, and C.P. Snow.
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Restrictions on Access
The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 3-7. 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.
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); Orville Wilbur Prescott papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Orville Prescott, 1988.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Prescott, Orville. Method of acquisition--Gift, 1988; Date of acquisition--09/22/88. Accession number--M-88-09-22.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
processed HR 04/24/89.
2021-07-02 EAD document created by CCR.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Literary critic & journalist.