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The papers contain 273 drafts, manuscripts, and typescripts representing every genre in which Ms. Sophie Kerr worked along with correspondence, book artwork, and photographs. In addition, it includes 12 book-length manuscripts, the earliest being Love at Large, a novel published in 1916. The collection also holds books written by Sophie Kerr and volumes inscribed to her from her personal library.
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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
This collection is 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.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.
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); Sophie Kerr papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Related Archival Materials
Collections related by provenance: For art works used for illustrating books by Sophie Kerr, see art collections card catalog.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alternate Form Available
Pearl S. Buck letter is on: microfilm.
Ownership and Custodial History
Multiple gifts of Ms. Mary Elizabeth Taylor, 1968-1978.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Taylor, Mrs. Elizabeth Davidson. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1968. Accession number--M-68.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
1989-07-00 Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn.
2021-07-13 Box and folder list created containing edited and enhanced description. cml
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Sophie Kerr (1880-1965) was a novelist and short story writer. Ms. Kerr was one of the most successful and prolific authors in the age of entertainment writing that preceded the television era. During a career that spanned six decades, she published 23 volumes and several hundred short stories along with essays, and plays.