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Harper & Brothers Records, 1817-1929

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Series I: Authors--Correspondence, Contracts and Documents

Harper & Brothers' correspondence with their authors, consisting primarily of book contracts, but also authors' individual requests concerning the publication of their books is found here. This series also contains some personal correspondence of Brander Matthews, literary critic and professor at Columbia University, including a letter of congratulations from President Roosevelt and a fiery condemnation from Ezra Pound. It includes particularly significant amounts of material from William Dean Howells, George du Maurier, Lafcadio Hearn, and Lew Wallace. This series is arranged alphabetically by author.



Box 1 Abbey through Abbott, 1848-1936


Box 1 Adams through American, 1838-1913


Box 1 Ames through Arthur, 1834-1913


Box 1 Atkinson through Bangs, 1841-1923


Box 1 Barnes through Bayne, 1840-1929



Box 2 Beale through Benson, 1841-1923


Box 2 Bentley through Bigelow, 1840-1923


Box 2 Bill through Booth, 1843-1925


Box 2 Boughton through Buckley, 1836-1924



Box 3 Buckner through Carryl, 1840-1946


Box 3 Catherwood through Clemens, 1850-1923


Box 3 Cleveland through Collins, 1826-1930


Box 3 Collord through Crouch, 1833-1923


Box 3 Crockett through Custer, 1847-1925



Box 4 Dana through Davis, 1834-1946


Box 4 Dawson through Doane, 1834-1909


Box 4 Donnelly through Drake, 1865-1954


Box 4 Draper through Du Chaillu, 1842-1906


Box 4 Du Maurier through Dunn, 1838-1945



Box 5 Dunne through English, 1831-1930


Box 5 Ernst through Forman, 1838-1966


Box 5 Forney through Freeman, 1845-1947


Box 5 Fremont through Gibson, 1833-1949



Box 6 Gill through Griffis, 1830-1940


Box 6 Grinnell through Hastings, 1839-1965


Box 6 Haswell through Heard, 1834-1937


Box 6 Hearn, 1889-1950


Box 6 Heaton through Holt, 1842-1952



Box 7 Holton through Howe, 1845-1927


Box 7 Howells, 1885-1974


Box 7 Hoynes through Jaeger, 1838-1947


Box 7 James through Judson, 1833-1913


Box 7 Keddie through Knox, 1832-1960



Box 8 Kobbe through Lewes, 1830-1939


Box 8 Lewis through Lord, 1846-1921


Box 8 Lossing through Macbeth, 1844-1936


Box 8 McCabe through Mason, 1834-1924


Box 8 Matthews, 1843-1925



Box 9 Maturin through Minto, 1846-1921


Box 9 Mitchell through Motley, 1836-1924


Box 9 Mott through Nast, 1832-1924


Box 9 Navarro through Norris, 1845-1964



Box 10 Norton through Peck, 1833-1924


Box 10 Pierce through Putnam, 1836-1919


Box 10 Quackenbos through Ritchie, 1834-1923


Box 10 Rives through Roosevelt, 1832-1910



Box 11 Rowland through Scidmore, 1839-1924


Box 11 Scott, 1840-1923


Box 11 Scoville through Sheldon, 1833-1923


Box 11 Sheppard through Smiles, 1831-1927


Box 11 Smith through Stepniak, 1838-1926



Box 12 Stern through Synge, 1841-1932


Box 12 Talmage through Thomson, 1835-1939


Box 12 Thorpe through Thurston, 1841-1934


Box 12 Underhill through Walker, 1842-1900


Box 12 Wallace, 188-1955



Box 13 Wallace--German Copyright Dispute, 1896-1898


Box 13 Waldstein through White, 1843-1916


Box 13 Whitehead through Willson, 1841-1924


Box 13 Wilson through Zola, 1854-1928


Box 13 Autographs, undated


Box 13 Letters of Receipt, 1878-1896



Box 26 Oversize Correspondence, 1850-1905



Box 28 Special Request Materials


Box 28 Brady, Mathews--Carte de Visite, Circa, 1850


Box 28 Calling Card Proof, Undated


Box 28 Clemens, Samuel, 1900


Box 28 James, Henry, 1878


Box 28 Kemble, Frances, 1863


Box 28 Melville, Herman--Contracts, 1846-1852

Series II: Eugene Exman Research Materials, 1817-1973 (Much of the material is composed of photocopies made between 1960 and 1973)

This series is comprised of Eugene Exman's research on Harper & Brothers in preparation for his books, The Harper & Brothers and The House of Harper, undertaken during the 1960s. The primary dates in each section refer to the dates when the materials collected were composed, while any dates in brackets refer to the dates when the papers were compiled.

Included in the series are notes, note-cards, article excerpts, documents, photographs and references, which relate to Harper's history. The folder "Office Layout" contains drawings of various Harper buildings and interviews with former employees regarding daily working conditions in the buildings. Exman's correspondence with Harper's regarding his research, financial records relating to collecting the books that ultimately became the Harper's library, interviews with Harper's employees, and responses to inquiries during his tenure as the Harper's archivist can also be found here. It also includes his collection of dinner invitations to company dinners.



Box 14 Materials by Time Period


Box 14 1817-1967--Photocopies, (8 folders)


Box 14 "Between the World Wars", 1949-1960 [1960s], 1949-1960


Materials by Subject



Box 15 Financial History, 1856-1916


Box 15 Founding Generation, 1853-1966


Box 15 General, 1843-1916


Box 15 Harper's Artists, 1871-1958


Box 15 Harper's Bazaar, 1867-1900



Box 16 Harper's Magazine, 1850-1967


Box 16 Harper's Young People, 1880-1887


Box 16 Harper's Weekly, 1857-1907


Box 16 London, 1835-1965


Box 16 Office Layout, 1890


Box 16 Publications, 1876-1965


Box 16 Textbooks, 1868-1967


Box 16 Veteran Novelists, 1867-1966


Relations with Harper's



Box 17 Correspondence--Harper's Archives, 1958-1973, (2 folders)


Box 17 Correspondence--Purchases for Harper's Library, 1963-1972


Box 17 Correspondence--Research, 1936-1967


Box 17 Dinner Invitations, 1903-1943


Box 17 Interviews, 1949-1968


Box 17 Manuscript Corrections, 1837-1964 [1960s], 1837-1964


Box 17 Research Materials, 1845-1953 [1960s], 1845-1953



Box 18 Research Materials--Supplied by Harper's, 1876-1967


Materials--General, 1866-1966


Authors


Box 18 Lafcadio Hearn, 1883-1966


Box 18 Howells and Twain, 1866-1964


Box 18 Various, 1960s



Box 19 Notecards, 1810-1976



Box 26 Oversize--General, 1850s Undated



Box 18 Photographs, 1820s-1890s [1960s], 1820s-1890s


Box 18 Photographs--for Publication, 1817-1960 [1960s], 1817-1960

Series III: Printed Materials

This brief series consists primarily of small books, often commemorative, and other realia dedicated to the memory of a long-time employee or celebrating one of the company's anniversaries.



Box 20 The Bookman, July 1902


Box 20 The Centennial Exhibition Number of Publisher's Weekly, 1876


Box 20 Harper Books for Boys and Girls, Fall, 1966


Box 20 The Harper Centennial, 1817-1917


Box 20 The Harper Prize Novel Competition, 1932


Box 20 Harper's Round Table, 1918-1920


Box 20 In Memoriam Eugene F. Saxton, 1884-1933


Box 20 In Memoriam Frederick Lewis Allen, 1890-1954


Box 20 Our Heritage, 1947


Box 20 The Price of Survival, 1967


Box 20 The Story of Harper's Magazine, 1817-1917


Box 20 Stuart Little , 1945


Box 20 Pamphlets, 1851-1972

Series IV: Visual Materials, 1919-1940s undated

In this series are drawings and photographs of Harper & Brothers' authors and of the Harper Brothers themselves; colophon designs; an oil painting of the Harper & Brothers building on Franklin Square, and a poster advertising English Society by George Du Maurier.



Box 21 Authors--Drawings, 1919 undated


Box 21 Authors, Photographs, undated, (2 folders)


Box 21 Colophon Designs, 1920s-1940s undated, 1920s-1940s, undated, (2 folders)



Box 25 Colophon Designs--Oversize, 1920s-1940s undated, 1920s-1940s, undated



Box 21 Harper Brothers--Photographs, undated


Box 21 Harper Buildings--Drawings, undated



Box 22 Harper's Building--Oil Painting



Box 25 Poster--English Society--George Du Maurier,, undated



Volume 237 Scrapbook--Henry Hoynes--50th Anniversary Letters, 1933

Series V: Financial Records

This series consists of financial documents, which record the yearly budgets of the publishing company, real estate and assets owned, salaries and royalties paid, debts taken on, and stock issued and sold, and trade lists and catalogues.


Subseries V.1: Loose Correspondence and Documents, 1860-1963

This subseries contains correspondence relating to non-normative financial matters, such as lawsuits, and the reorganization of the company in 1899 and 1923. Also included are materials labeled "Old Stock," which concern the financial troubles experienced by the company and the sale of stock undertaken by the company under the direction of J. P. Morgan



Box 23 1860-1921, (5 folders)



Box 24 1922-1963 undated, 1922-1963, undated, (4 folders)


Box 24 Stock Certificates, 1903-1938



Box 25 Oversize Financial Documents, 1900-1930s



Box 27 "Old Stock Papers", 1917-1923, (5 folders)


Subseries V.2: Ledgers and Financial Volumes, 1859-1943 Undated, 1859-1943, Undated

Included here are the many ledger books that detail the everyday workings of Harper & Brothers. General journals, in which notes on everyday operating procedure were kept, span from 1896 through 1940. The series contains royalty ledgers kept from 1881 to 1926, and separate English royalty ledgers from 1901 to 1919, and 1921 -1926. General ledgers and account books are here, as well as ledgers dealing with preferred and common stock.



Volume 123 Bond Register, 1900-1904



Volume 115 Common Stock, 1900



Volume 114 Common Stock, 1913-1920



Volume 116 Common Stock, 1924-1931



Volume 130A Contracts Volume 1



Volume 131 Contracts Volume 2



Volume 132 Contracts Volume 3



Volume 133 Contracts Volume 4



Volume 134 Contracts Volume 5



Volume 135 Contracts Volume 6



Volume 136 Contracts Volume 7



Volume 137 Contracts Volume 8



Volume 138 Contracts Volume 9



Volume 139 Contracts Volume 10



Volume 140 Contracts Volume 11



Volume 141 Contract Books--Index to 1-11



Volume 230 Copyright Records, 1875-1905 1917-1933, 1875-1905, 1917-1933



Volume 155 Copyright Records, 1903-1923



Volume 231 Copyright Records, 1934-1941 Renewals, 1906-1914, 1934-1941, 1906-1914



Volume 92 English Royalty Ledger, 1901-1908



Volume 96 English Royalty Ledger, 1908-1913



Volume 67 English Royalty Ledger, 1913-1919



Volume 97 English Royalty Ledger, 1921-1926



Volume 120 Expense Ledger, 1924-1927



Volume 121 Expense Ledger, 1928-1930



Volume 122 Expense Ledger, 1934-1936



Volume 1 General Cash Book A



Volume 2 General Cash Book 4



Volume 3 General Cash Book 5



Volume 4 General Cash Book 6



Volume 5 General Cash Book 7, 1916-1921



Volume 6 General Cash Book 8, 1921-1926



Volume 7 General Cash book 9



Volume 8 General Cash Book 10, 1926-1930



Volume 9 General Cash Book 11, 1930-1934



Volume 10 General Cash Book 13, 1939-1941



Volume 11 General Cash Book--Payments 23, 1939 November -1931 May, 1939



Volume 12 General Cash Book--Payments 24, 1931 June -1933 March, 1931



Volume 13 General Cash Book--Payments 25, 1933 April -1934 December, 1933



Volume 14 General Cash Book--Payments 26, 1935 January -1936 December, 1935



Volume 15 General Journal 1, 1896 November -1899 July, 1896



Volume 16 General Journal 2, 1899 August 1-December 5, 1899



Volume 17 General Journal 3, 1899 December -1900 September, 1899



Volume 18 General Journal 4, 1900 October -1901 March, 1900



Volume 19 General Journal 5, 1901 April -1901 September, 1901



Volume 20 General Journal 6, 1901 October -1902 February, 1901



Volume 21 General Journal 7, 1902 /March-1902 July, 1902



Volume 22 General Journal 8, 1902 August -1903 May, 1902



Volume 23 General Journal 9, 1903 June -1904 February, 1903



Volume 24 General Journal 10, 1904 March-1094 December, 1904



Volume 25 General Journal 11, 1904 December -1905 August, 1904



Volume 26 General Journal 12, 1905 September -1906 May, 1905



Volume 27 General Journal 13, 1906 June -1907 February, 1906



Volume 28 General Journal 14, 1907 February-1907 September, 1907



Volume 29 General Journal 15, 1907 October -1908 April, 1907



Volume 30 General Journal 16, 1908 May -1909 June, 1908



Volume 31 General Journal 17, 1909 June -1910 September, 1909



Volume 32 General Journal 18, 1909 December -1910 September, 1909



Volume 33 General Journal 19, 1910 October -1911 November, 1910



Volume 34 General Journal 20, 1911 September -1912 August, 1911



Volume 35 General Journal 21, 1912 September -1913 September, 1912



Volume 36 General Journal 22, 1913 October -1914 August, 1913



Volume 37 General Journal 23, 1914 September -1915 September, 1914



Volume 38 General Journal 24, 1915 October -1916 October, 1915



Volume 39 General Journal 25, 1916 November -1917 October, 1916



Volume 40 General Journal 26, 1917 November -1918 September, 1917



Volume 41 General Journal 27, 1918 October -1919 June, 1918



Volume 42 General Journal 28, 1919 July -1920 June, 1919



Volume 43 General Journal 29, 1920 July -1921 May, 1920



Volume 44 General Journal 30, 1921 June -1922 October, 1921



Volume 45 General Journal 31, 1922 November -1924 February, 1922



Volume 46 General Journal 32, 1924 March-1925 February, 1924



Volume 47 General Journal 33, 1925 March-1926 February, 1925



Volume 48 General Journal 34, 1926 March-1927 March, 1926



Volume 49 General Journal 35, 1927 April -1928 March, 1927



Volume 50 General Journal 36, 1928 April -1928 December, 1928



Volume 51 General Journal 37, 1929 January -1929 December, 1929



Volume 52 General Journal 38, 1930 January -December, 1930



Volume 53 General Journal 39, 1930 December -1931 December, 1930



Volume 54 General Journal 40, 1952 January -1932 December, 1952



Volume 55 General Journal 41, 1933 January -December, 1933



Volume 56 General Journal 42, 1934 January -1935 January, 1934



Volume 57 General Journal 43, 1935 February-1936 February, 1935



Volume 58 General Journal 44, 1936 March-1937 March, 1936



Volume 59 General Journal 45, 1937 April -1938 April, 1937



Volume 60 General Journal 46, 1939 June -1940 May, 1939



Volume 61 General Journal, 1940-1941



Volume 62 General Ledger, 1896-1899



Volume 71 General Ledger, 1899



Volume 79 General Ledger 1, 1900-1902



Volume 80 General Ledger 1--Alphabetical Index, 1900-1902



Volume 78 General Ledger 2, 1902-1905



Volume 81 General Ledger 2--Alphabetical Index, 1902-1905



Volume 65 General Ledger 3, 1905-1907



Volume 66 General Ledger 4, 1907-1909



Volume 68 General Ledger 5



Volume 85 General Ledger 5--Alphabetical Index



Volume 69 General Ledger 6, 1914-1918



Volume 86 General Ledger 6--Alphabetical Index



Volume 70 General Ledger 7, 1919-1923



Volume 87 General Ledger 7--Alphabetical Index



Volume 72 General Ledger 8, 1925-1928



Volume 84 General Ledger 8--Alphabetical Index



Volume 73 General Ledger 9, 1929-1931



Volume 83 General Ledger 9--Alphabetical Index



Volume 74 General Ledger 10, 1932-1934



Volume 82 General Ledger 10--Alphabetical Index



Volume 76 General Ledger 11, 1935-1937



Volume 75 General Ledger 11--Alphabetical Index



Volume 91 General Ledger 12, 1938-1940



Volume 77 General Ledger 12--Alphabetical Index



Volume 127 Ledger 1899-1900 (volume 1), 1899-1900



Volume 129 Ledger 1899-1900 (volume 2), 1899-1900



Volume 232 Ledger, by Author--Inventory and Amounts Due, 1916-1921



Volume 233 Ledger, by Author and Book, 1904-1911



Volume 234 Ledger--Bookstores, Sales to, 1922-1929



Volume 235 Ledger--Costs Accounted by Book, 1883-1900



Volume 236 Ledger--Costs Accounted by Book, 1887-1906



Volume 128 Ledger--London, 1899-1900



Volume 144 Memorandum Book 1, 1856-1859



Volume 145 Memorandum Book 2, 1859-1867



Volume 146 Memorandum Book 3, 1859-1875



Volume 149 Memorandum Book 6, 1883-1891



Volume 222 Memorandum Book, 1926-1943



Volume 153 Periodical Statements, 1888-1889



Volume 118 Preferred Stock, 1906



Volume 117 Preferred Stock, 1906-1923



Volume 119 Preferred Stock, 1923-1934



Volume 150 Priority List



Volume 213 Publication Records--Internal--Volume 1, 1894-1917



Volume 214 Publication Records--Internal--Volume 2, 1886-1893



Volume 223 Records--"Return to R. M. Hall", 1933-1934



Volume 64 Royalty Accounts, 1881-1888



Volume 98 Royalty Accounts, 1888-1894



Volume 89 Royalty Accounts, 1895-1896



Volume 90 Royalty Accounts, 1896-1897



Volume 93 Royalty Ledger, 1884-1901



Volume 94 Royalty Ledger, 1897-1900



Volume 63 Royalty Ledger--A-H, 1900-1902



Volume 88 Royalty Ledger--A-J, 1903-1905



Volume 95 Royalty Ledger--K-Z, 1903-1905



Volume 104 Royalty Ledger--A-J, 1905-1909



Volume 103 Royalty Ledger--K-Z, 1905-1909



Volume 102 Royalty Ledger--A-J, 1909-1912



Volume 101 Royalty Ledger--K-Z, 1909-1912



Volume 100 Royalty Ledger--A-J, 1912-1915



Volume 99 Royalty Ledger--K-Z,1912-1915



Volume 112 Royalty Ledger--A-J, 1915-1918



Volume 111 Royalty Ledger--K-Z, 1915-1918



Volume 110 Royalty Ledger--A-J, 1918-1921



Volume 109 Royalty Ledger--K-Z, 1918-1921



Volume 108 Royalty Ledger--A-J, 1921-1925



Volume 107 Royalty Ledger--K-Z, 1921-1925



Volume 106 Royalty Ledger--A-J, 1925-1926



Volume 105 Royalty Ledger--K-Z, 1925-1926



Volume 152 Salary Ledger, 1883-1889



Volume 154 Schedule of Assets and Liabilities, 1899



Volume 221 Stock Holder's Minute Book, 1905



Volume 130 Transfer Ledger, 1900 December 31-19, 1900



Volume 113 Transfer Ledger, 1921-1928 May, 1921-1928



Volume 124 Transfer Ledger, 1936-1941 May 1, 1936-1941



Volume 125 Twain Ledger, 1912-1921 Nov 1, 1912-1921



Volume 126 Twain Ledger, 1928-1938 Nov, 1928-1938


Subseries V.3: Catalogues and Book Lists, 1833-1915

TheDemarest Harper's Catalogue, included in this series, lists works published by Harper's between 1817 and 1879. This series also contains many of the catalogues and book lists issued by Harper's between 1847 and 1915.



Volume 157 Book List, 1853



Volume 158 Book List, 1855



Volume 159 Book List, 1856



Volume 160 Book List, 1857



Volume 161 Book List, 1857 (copy 2), 1857



Volume 162 Book List, 1857 (copy 3), 1857



Volume 163 Book List, 1858



Volume 164 Book List, 1858 (copy 2), 1858



Volume 165 Book List, 1859



Volume 166 Book List, 1865



Volume 171 Book List, 1869



Volume 172 Book List, 1870



Volume 192 Book List, 1887



Volume 188 Book List, 1888



Volume 193 Book List, 1888



Volume 194 Book List, 1888 (copy 2), 1888



Volume 189 Book List, 1889



Volume 190 Book List, 1889



Volume 195 Book List, 1890



Volume 196 Book List, 1891



Volume 197 Book List, 1892



Volume 198 Book List, 1892-1894



Volume 200 Book List, 1893



Volume 201 Book List, 1893



Volume 202 Book List, 1894



Volume 203 Book List, 1894-1898



Volume 204 Book List, 1898



Volume 205 Book List, 1898 (copy 2), 1898



Volume 206 Book List, 1898 (copy 3), 1898



Volume 173 Catalogue--American, 1870

(American Trade Directory)



Volume 220 Catalogue--Demarest



Volume 183 Catalogue--Descriptive, 1881



Volume 191 Catalogue--Educational, 1890-1894



Volume 226 Catalogue--Harper's Illustrated, 1847



Volume 227 Catalogue--Harper's Illustrated, 1848



Volume 216 Catalogue--Harper's Standard Set, 1915



Volume 186 Catalogue--Holiday, 1884-1889



Volume 187 Catalogue--Holiday, 1885



Volume 215 Catalogue--Russel Catalogues, 1897-1899



Volume 207 Catalogue--School and College Textbooks, 1894



Volume 208 Catalogue--School and College Textbooks, 1895



Volume 217 Descriptive Holiday Bulletin, 1890



Volume 142 Harper Publications, List of--Volume 1, 1869-1908



Volume 143 Harper Publications, List of--Volume 2, 1869-1908



Volume 224 Harper's Interesting Works, 1836



Volume 225 Harper's New and Standard Works Catalog, 1845



Volume 219 Harper's Readers, 1890



Volume 229 Harper's Special Lists, 1853-1854



Volume 218 Harper's Weekly, 1860 Jul 14, 1860



Volume 210 Illustrated Schools and Textbooks, 1897



Volume 209 List--Descriptive, 1896



Volume 212 List--Descriptive, 1900



Volume 211 List--Publications, 1900



Volume 228 Illustrated Catalogue of Valuable Standard Works, 1850



Volume 199 Select List of Publications with Author's Portraits, 1893



Volume 156 Trade Lists, 1833-1869



Volume 169 Trade Lists, 1858-1872



Volume 167 Trade Lists, 1865-1892



Volume 168 Trade Lists, 1866-1868



Volume 170 Trade Lists, 1867



Volume 174 Trade Lists, 1870-1876



Volume 175 Trade Lists, 1872



Volume 176 Trade Lists (Descriptive Lists), 1874



Volume 177 Trade Lists, 1875



Volume 179 Trade Lists (Descriptive Lists), 1876



Volume 178 Trade Lists, 1877-1882



Volume 180 Trade Lists (Descriptive Lists), 1879-1880



Volume 181 Trade Lists, 1881



Volume 182 Trade Lists (Descriptive Lists), 1881 (copy 2), 1881



Volume 185 Trade Lists, 1882-1904



Volume 184 Trade Lists, 1883-1888