Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Harper & Brothers Records, 1817-1929

Series II: Eugene Exman Research Materials, 1817-1973

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.

Much of the material is composed of photocopies made between 1960 and 1973

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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


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