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Richard L. Simon papers, 1915-1992

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1160
Bib ID 4079338 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Simon, Richard L (Richard Leo), 1899-1960
Title Richard L. Simon papers, 1915-1992
Physical Description 47 boxes (47 boxes 17 oversize folders)
Language(s) English .
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The following boxes are located off-site: 1-47. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. The collection is arranged into five series.



Correspondence, memoranda, photographs, manuscripts, lists, legal and financial documents, and printed materials of Simon. The personal and business papers include correspondence with authors, inscribed photographs of authors, editorial files, files for his special art, photography, and music projects, correspondence files relating to Simon and Schuster, Inc., personal and family correspondence, documents, and photographs. Correspondents include Irving Berlin, Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Joseph E. Davies, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Philippe Halsman, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Kenneth Roberts, Arthur Schnitzler, Jerome Weidman, and Sloan Wilson.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

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.

The following boxes are located off-site: 1-47. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library 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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Richard L. Simon 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.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs Richard L. Simon, 1982.

Gift of Raphael David Blau, 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Simon, Mrs. Richard L. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1982. Accession number--M-82.

Papers re. Teachers College (6 items): Source of acquisition--Blau, Raphael David. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--08/01/92. Accession number--M-92-08-01.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.

Papers re. Teachers College (6 items) Processed HR 07/21/93.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2014-04-04 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Publisher, co-founder of Simon and Schuster, Inc. in 1924.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence, Manuscripts, and Photographs

Subseries I.1: Cataloged Correspondence

Box Cataloged 1 Aitken, William Maxwell, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

Box Cataloged 1 Arno, Peter

Box Cataloged 1 Barton, Bruce

Box Cataloged 1 Berlin, Irving

Box Cataloged 1 Bourke-White, Margaret

Box Cataloged 1 Bowles, Chester

Box Cataloged 1 Brown, John Mason

Box Cataloged 1 Capa, Robert

Box Cataloged 1 Cartier-Bresson, Henri

Box Cataloged 1 Cerf, Bennett Alfred

Box Cataloged 1 Craven, Thomas

Box Cataloged 1 Crosby, Caresse

Box Cataloged 1 Dali, Salvador

Box Cataloged 1 Davies, Joseph Edward

Box Cataloged 1 De Voto, Bernard August ine

Box Cataloged 1 Dietz, Howard

Box Cataloged 1 Douglas, Paul Howard

Box Cataloged 1 Downes, Olin

Box Cataloged 1 Eastman, Max

Box Cataloged 1 Eban, Abba

Box Cataloged 1 Eisenhower, Dwight David

Box Cataloged 1 Eisenstaedt, Alfred

Box Cataloged 2 Ferber, Edna

Box Cataloged 2 Field, Marshall

Box Cataloged 2 Flagg, James Montgomery

Box Cataloged 2 Flexner, Abraham

Box Cataloged 2 Ford, Henry, II

Box Cataloged 2 Fromm, Erich

Box Cataloged 2 Fulbright, James William

Box Cataloged 2 Gladwyn, (Sir) Gladwyn Jebb, 1st Baron

Box Cataloged 2 Goldberg, Rube

Box Cataloged 2 Goodman, Benny

Box Cataloged 2 Halsey, Margaret Frances

Box Cataloged 2 Halsman, Philippe

Box Cataloged 2 Hammerstein, Oscar, 2nd.

Box Cataloged 2 Handy, William Christopher

Box Cataloged 2 Hecht, Ben

Box Cataloged 2 Heller, Joseph

Box Cataloged 2 Highet, Gilbert

Box Cataloged 2 Hobson, Laura Zametkin

Box Cataloged 2 Hore-Belisha, Leslie Hore-Belisha, Baron

Box Cataloged 2 Howe, Mark Anthony de Wolfe

Box Cataloged 2 Javits, Jacob Koppel

Box Cataloged 2 Kaufman, George S.

Box Cataloged 2 Keller, Helen

Box Cataloged 2 Kern, Jerome

Box Cataloged 2 Komroff, Manuel

Box Cataloged 2 Kostelanetz, Andre

Box Cataloged 2 Lehman, Herbert Henry

Box Cataloged 2 Longwell, Daniel

Box Cataloged 2 Lorant, Stefan

Box Cataloged 2 Loveman, Amy

Box Cataloged 2 Luce, Clare Boothe

Box Cataloged 2 Luce, Henry Robinson

Box Cataloged 2 McCarthy, Joseph R.

Box Cataloged 2 Marshall, George Catlett

Box Cataloged 2 Meyer, Eugene

Box Cataloged 2 Mielziner, Jo

Box Cataloged 2 Murrow, Edward R.

Box Cataloged 3 Pike, James Albert

Box Cataloged 3 Porter, Cole

Box Cataloged 3 Reiner, Fritz

Box Cataloged 3 Roberts, Kenneth Lewis

Box Cataloged 3 Robinson, Henry Morton

Box Cataloged 3 Robinson, Jackie

Box Cataloged 3 Rodgers, Richard

Box Cataloged 3 Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt

Box Cataloged 3 Rubinstein, Arthur

Box Cataloged 3 Sarnoff, David

Box Cataloged 3 Sennitzler, Arthur

Box Cataloged 3 Schuster, Max Lincoln

Box Cataloged 3 Scully, Frank

Box Cataloged 3 Selznick, David 0.

Box Cataloged 3 Sheen, Fulton John

Box Cataloged 3 Sloan, Alfred Pritchard

Box Cataloged 3 Spaeth, Sigmund

Box Cataloged 3 Spellman, Francis Joseph, Cardinal

Box Cataloged 3 Stone, Edward Durell

Box Cataloged 3 Stout, Rex Todhunter

Box Cataloged 3 Sulzberger, Arthur Hays

Box Cataloged Box 4 Taylor, Deems

Box Cataloged Box 4 Truman, Harry S.

Box Cataloged Box 4 Van Doren, Irita Bradford

Box Cataloged Box 4 Van Loon, Hendrik Willem

Box Cataloged Box 4 Weidman, Jerome

Box Cataloged Box 4 Wilson, Sloan

Box Cataloged Box 4 Zanuck, Darryl F.

Subseries I.2: Cataloged Manuscripts and Photographs

Box Cataloged 1 Breuer, Bessie

Box Cataloged 1 Craven, Thomas

Box Cataloged 2 Horn, Alfred Aloysius "Trader Horn"

Box Cataloged 2 Johnson, Josephine Winslow

Box Cataloged 2 Kantor, MacKinlay

Box Cataloged 2 Kober, Arthur

Box Cataloged 2 Lowell, Joan (Helen Wagner Buchanan Bowen; Mrs. Thompson Buchanan; Mrs. Lee A. Bowen)

Mapcase 14-M-5 Nash, Ogden

Box Cataloged 3 Peattie, Donald Culross

Box Cataloged 3 Porter, Cole

Box Cataloged 3 Ripley, Robert LeRoy

Box Cataloged 3 Schnitzler, Arthur

Series II: General Correspondence and Personal Papers

(correspondence, manuscripts, diary notes, appointment calendars, legal documents, etc., 1956-1958, includes some Simon and Schuster correspondence)

Box 1 1924-1941

Box 2 1941-1947

Box 3 1948-1952

Box 4 1953-1956

Box 5 1956

Box 6 1957-1958

Box 7 1959-1969

Box 7 Simon family memorabilia and photographs

Series III: Books, Authors, and Projects

Box 8 Advertising book: Robert P. Crane, Albert D. Lasker, John E. Kennedy, Lord & Thomas,, 1915-1950

Box 9 Aldrich, Richard Stoddard: Gertrude Lawrence as Mrs. A., 1955-1957

Box 9 American heroes and heroism, 1948-1955

Box 9 Arno, Peter: A hell of a way to run a railroad!, 1955-1956

Box 9 Basic reference manual, 1944

Box 9 Be of good cheer, 1955

Box 9 Blanton, Smiley: Love or perish., 1954-1957

Box 10 Bolitho, William (William Bolitho Ryall) -- photograph

Box 10 Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc., 1948-1955

Box 10 Booketeria project, 1953-1954

Box 10 Bridge to the classics-Tolstoy: Anna Karenina, 1954

Box 10 Broby-Johansen, Rudolf: Body and clothes., 1954-1955

Box 10 Buckley, Peter: Bullfight., 1958

Box 10 Burning issues-The Platform Press, 1954-1955

Box 10 Chotzinoff, Samuel -- photograph, 1930

Box 10 Concise desk dictionary., 1953-1955

Box 10 Cross word puzzle books, 1924-1926

Box 10 Davies, Joseph Edward: In the days of their power and glory, 1954-1955

Box 10 De Seversky, Alexander P., 1954-1956

Dreyfuss, Henry: Designing for people.

Box 10 1954-1956

Box 11 1955

Mapcase 14-M-5 Durant, Will - photoengravings

Box 11 Eisenhower, Dwight David, 1945-1952

Box 11 Encyclopedia, 1954

Box 11 Halsey, Margaret Frances, 1952

Box 11 Horn, Alfred Aloysius "Trader Horn"

(See Also: Oversize)

Box 11 Howe, Helen: The success., 1955-1957

Box 11 Lasker, Mary Woodard: The Albert Lasker Collection., 1956-1957

Box 11 Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1926

Box 11 Life Magazine: Picture history of western man., 1951

Box 11 Life Magazine: The world we live in., 1954

Box 11 Little Golden Books, 1950-1954

Box 11 Lorant, Stefan, 1943-1944

Mapcase 14-M-5 Lovell, Joan-photograph

Box 12 Madrigal, Margarita, 1947-1952

Box 12 Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1926

Box 12 NATO picture book

Photography series

Box 12 Bischof, Werner: Japan., 1954-1956

Box 12 Bodine, A.Aubrey: My Maryland.

Box 12 Bourke-White, Margaret, 1953-1955

Box 12 Cartier-Bresson, Henri, 1952-1956

Box 12 Craig, John D., 1931-1937

Box 13 Dali, Salvador & Philippe Halsman: Dalifs mustache., 1954-1955

(See Also: Oversize)

Box 13 Donnelley, R.R., & Sons Company-color printing, 1946-1950

Box 13 Doscher, John W., 1946-1955

Box 13 Eisenstaedt, Alfred, 1954-1955

Box 13 Elisofon, Eliot, 1954-1957

Box 13 Halsman, Philippe, 1940-1950

Box 13 Hoban, Tana-photographs

(See Also: Oversize)

Box 14 Natkin, Marcel: Pour r£ussir vos photos en noir, en coleur, 1957

Box 14 Newman, Arnold

Box 14 Post Card Project, 1948-1955

Box 14 Post card project: Fritz Henle -- photographs

(See Also: Oversize)

Box 15 Post card project: Fritz Henle -- photographs

(See Also: Oversize)

Box 15 Riverdale Camera Club, 1952-1953

Mapcase 14-M-5 Schell, Sherrill-portrait photographs of Simon & Schuster Authors

(Including Eddie Cantor, J.C. Powys, and Will Durant)

Mapcase 14-M-5 Schmidt, J.W.: "The merry heart" -- photograph, 1944

Box 15 Schulthess, Emil: USA., 1955-1956

Box 15 Simon, Richard Leo: [camera article], 1935

Box 15 Simon, Richard Leo: The dream camera. In: The Atlantic, 1942 August, 1942

Box 16 Simon, Richard Leo: [Rolleiflex book], 1950

Box 16 Simon, Richard Leo: Miscellaneous, 1938-1957

Box 16 Treasury of great photographs, 1954

Box 16 Pocket Books Encyclopedia., 1953-1954

Project Art, 1955-1957

Box 16 Chanticleer Company, Inc.

Box 16 Conzett & Huber (Zürich)

Box 17 Costs-selling price; Puerto Rican data

Box 17 Decorator Guide

(See Also: Oversize)

Box 17 Distribution prog.

Box 17 Frames (designers)

Box 17 Globus, Rudo S.

Box 17 Insurance

Box 17 Mailing list

Box 17 Memoranda

Box 17 Office routine

Box 17 Printed miscellaneous

Box 18 Printed miscellaneous

Box 18 Prospectus

Box 18 Reproduction lists

Box 18 Reproduction of art masterpieces

Box 18 Shorewood Press

Box 18 Test program

Box 19 Ray, J.H. Randolph: My little church around the corner, 1953-1957

Box 19 Report digest, 1938-1941

Box 19 Robinson, Henry Morton: The Cardinal., 1949-1955

Box 19 Sang und Klang [RCA Victor music book], 1949

Box 19 Schnitzler, Arthur, 1929

Box 19 Simon, Richard Leo: Trade winds [column in: The Saturday Review of Literature, Vol. 29, No. 383, 1946 September, 1946

Box 19 Simon, Richard Leo: The unpredictable Horace Liveright

Box 19 Sims, P. Hall (2 photographs)

Box 19 Sliesinger, Tess-photograph, 1933

Box 19 Time-Life almanac project, 1952

Treasure of American popular music of the 20th century, 1933-1958

Box 20 Bartlett, Ella Herbert (Mrs. Robert S.) re: Victor Herbert

Box 20 Carbons

Cavalcade of songs

Box 20 Complete arrangements

Box 20 Correspondence

Box 20 Data

Box 20 Lists

Box 21 1900-1905

Box 21 1905-1910

Box 21 1910-1915

Box 21 1915-1920

Box 21 1920-1925

Box 21 1925-1930

Box 21 1930-1935

Box 21 1935-1940

Box 21 1940-

Box 21 End sheets

Box 21 General research

Box 21 Master list

Box 21 Miscellaneous

Box 21 Permission forms

Box 21 Schirmer, G.

Box 21 Songs of our youth

Box 22 Tysen, John C.: buying or selling your house, 1955-1956

Box 22 Victor, Paul-Emile, 1949-1955

Box 23 Weidman, Jerome, 1944-1947

Box 23 Weil, Richard, Jr.: The National Association for Mental Health, Inc., 1953-1954

Box 23 Werfel, Franz, 1930

Box 23 Wharton, John F., 1950-1957

Box 23 Wilson, Sloan: The man in the gray flannel suit., 1953-1957

Box 23 Miscellaneous Authors: drawings and photographs

Series IV: Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Box 24 Advertising & promotion

Box 25 Advertising & promotion

Box 26 Annual Reports, 1924-1957

Box 27 Annual Reports, 1924-1957

Box 28 Annual Reports, 1924-1957

Box 29 Annual Reports, 1924-1957

Box 30 Annual Reports, 1924-1957

Box 31 Annual Reports, 1924-1957

Box 32 Annual Reports, 1924-1957

Box 33 Board of Directors: minutes & memoranda, 1950-1957

Box 34 Board of Directors: minutes & memoranda, 1950-1957

Box 35 Miscellaneous, 1931-1957


Box 35 Applications, 1955-1956

Box 35 Book Production, 1954

Box 35 An editorial research report on The Inner Sanctum Library S & S.,, 1946

Box 35 Meetings-special projects, 1953-1956

Box 35 Memoranda, 1946-1957

Box 35 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1952-1956

Box 35 Richard L. Simon Fellowship, 1956

Box 36 Miscellaneous financial, 1925-1926

Box 37 Organization & reorganization

Box 38 Organization & reorganization

Series V: Richard L. Simon--Financial

Box 39 Bankers Trust Company, 1944-1960

Box 40 Bankers Trust Company, 1944-1960

Box 41 Bankers Trust Company, 1944-1960

Box 42 Bankers Trust Company, 1944-1960


Box 43 The First Stamford National Bank and Trust Company, 1947-1960

Box 43 Manufacturers Trust Company, 1935-1946

Box 44 Houses, 1936-1952

Box 45 Income Tax, 1924-1959

Box 46 Income Tax, 1924-1959

Box 46 Insurance, 1936-1957

Box 47 Miscellaneous


Box 47 Estate & will

Box 47 Legal

Box 47 "Monkey Shine" [Stock purchases]

Box 47 Personal accounting

Box 47 Social security receipts

Box 47 Vault & safe

Box 47 Wormser, René A.