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Watkins Loomis records, 1883-2007 2013-2018

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1309
Bib ID 4079449 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Watkins Loomis, Inc
Title Watkins Loomis records, 1883-2007 2013-2018
Physical Description 205.5 linear feet (205.5 linear feet 410 boxes 42 volumes 27 card file drawers)
Language(s) Material is in English.
Access

The files of Peter DeVries and Glendon Swartwout are CLOSED until one year after each author's death except with the written permission of the current presiding officer of Watkins Loomis, Inc.

The following boxes are located off-site: Series III-Series VIII (boxes 1-207); Series IX-Series XI (boxes 1-69); Series XII-Series XIII (boxes 277-397). You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 13 series: Series I: Cataloged Correspondence; Series II: Cataloged Manuscripts, Contracts etc.; Series III: Uncataloged Correspondence; Series IV: Uncataloged Manuscripts, Xerox Copies and Printed Copies; Series V: Uncataloged Contracts and Miscellaneous Documents; Series VI: Financial; Series VII: Old Royalty Statements; Series VIII: Card Files; Series IX: Arranged Correspondence; Series X: Arranged Manuscripts; Series XI: Arranged Documents; Series XII: Author Files; Series XIII: Contracts; Series XIV: Archived Web Site

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, memoranda, contracts, and other legal documents, account books, royalty statements and other financial records, photographs, printed materials, and card files of the Watkins Loomis, Inc. literary agency. The papers deal with editorial, financial, and legal aspects of publishing, magazine, theatrical and film rights, and all other personal and professional activities of their American and English clients. Among these clients have been Michael Arlen, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, Carson McCullers, Ezra Pound, Ayn Rand, Dorothy Sayers, Gertrude Stein, and Dylan Thomas.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The files of Peter DeVries and Glendon Swartwout are CLOSED until one year after each author's death except with the written permission of the current presiding officer of Watkins Loomis, Inc.

The following boxes are located off-site: Series III-Series VIII (boxes 1-207); Series IX-Series XI (boxes 1-69); Series XII-Series XIII (boxes 277-397). You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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); Watkins Loomis Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

John Dixon Carr letters and manuscripts are on microfilm

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.

Katia Shraga, May 2019: prefixes (Roman numbers I and II) were added to box numbers of 11 boxes of Series I and Series II correspondingly. Now numeration of boxes in Series I is: boxes I.1-I.6; numeration of boxes in Series II is: boxes II.7-II.11. Box labels and stack directory were adjusted and updated accordingly.

Revision Description

2010-04-02 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2013-02-14 xml document instance created by Adrien Hilton

2017-03-30 Archived Website series added by Jane Gorjevsky

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

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"
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
A. Watkins, Inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arlen, Michael, 1895-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burlingame, Angeline Whiton Watkins Davis, 1885-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Copyright Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literary agents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rand, Ayn Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sayers, Dorothy L (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watkins, Ann, 1885-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watkins, Armitage, 1906- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women in the book industries and trade Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Literary agency. Ann Watkins (Angeline Whiton Watkins Davis Burlingame) 1885-1967) became a literary agent in 1910 and retired in 1957. Her son, Armitage Watkins (b. 1906), continues to operate the agency. In 1980 the agency changed its name from A. Watkins to Watkins Loomis.