Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Random House records, 1925-1999

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1048
Bib ID 4079581 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Random House (Firm)
Title Random House records, 1925-1999
Physical Description 702 linear feet (1693 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/ldpd_rbml_4079581.pdf

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.



General correspondence, 1952; Editorial correspondence, Harry Maule, 1952; Editorial correspondence, Commins & Linscott, 1952; General correspondence, 1953; Editorial correspondence, Harry Maule, 1953; Editorial correspondence, Commins & Linscott; Rights and Permissions, 1953-1958; General correspondence, 1954; Editorial correspondence, Harry Maule, 1954; Editorial correspondence, Paul Lapolla, 1954-1965; Editorial correspondence, Hiram Haydn, 1954-1959; General correspondence, 1955; Editorial correspondence, Harry Maule, 1955; General correspondence, 1956; Editorial correspondence, David MacDowell, 1956; Editorial correspondence, Harry Maule, 1956; Editorial correspondence, Lee Wright, 1956-1962; General correspondence, 1957; Editorial correspondence, Harry Maule, 1957; General correspondence, 1958; Editorial correspondence, Harry Maule, 1958; Sales correspondence, Lewis Miller, 1958; General correspondence, 1959; Sales correspondence, Lewis Miller, 1959-1960; Editorial correspondence, Harry Maule, 1959; Editorial correspondence, Lawrence Bensky, 1959-1963; Editorial correspondence, Jason Epstein, 1959-1962; General correspondence, 1960; Sales correspondence, 1960; Permission file, 1960; Joe Fox, Editorial reports, 1960-67; Joe Fox, Random House memos, 1960-67; Joe Fox, Personal file, 1960-67; Joe Fox, General correspondence, 1960-67; Harry Maule, Editorial correspondence, 1960-66; Nan Talese, 1960-67; General correspondence, 1961.

R. L. Bernstein files, 1961; Permission files, 1961; Harry Maule, Personal files, 1961-65; Editorial correspondence, Mary Heathcote, 1961-1963; General correspondence, 1962; R. L. Bernstein files, 1962; Editorial correspondence, Fred Rosenau & Miriam Norton, 1962-64; General correspondence, 1963; R. L. Bernstein files, 1963; Production correspondence, James Silberman, 1963-65; General correspondence, 1964; Howard Price, Gebneral correspondence, 1964; Editorial reports, Paul Lapolla, 1964-65; Advertising files, 1964-65; General correspondence, 1965; R. L. Bernstein files, 1965; Christopher Cerf, General correspondence, 1965-68; Christopher Cerf, National Wildlife Federation, 1965-68; General correspondence, 1966; Editorial correspondence, James Silberman, 1966-67; General correspondence, 1967-69; Illustrated Modern Library; Modern Library Publications correspondence, 1930; Modern Library, Jess Stein, 1948-53; Illustrated Modern Library, production files, 1944-50; Modern Library, production correspondence, 1950-52; Author and reject correspondence, 1958-68; Author correspondence, 1955-72; Author correspondence of editor Joseph M. Fox, 1960-73; Author correspondence of editor John J. Simon, 1966-70; Author correspondence of Christopher Cerf, ca. 1960-71; Author correspondence of Nan Talese, ca. 1960-73; Author correspondence of James H. Silberman, 1968-71; Author correspondence of Alice Mayhew, 1966-71; General author correspondence files, 1960-72; Bertold Brecht Anthology, 1970; Publicity Dept.

Solicited manuscripts rejected, 1956-63; Readers' reports, 1964-65; General editorial correspondence, 1963-73; Administrative office files, 1970-73; Editorial correspondence, Lee Wright, 1958-75; Editorial correspondence, John Simon, 1968-73; James Silberman administrative files, 1968-74; Robert D. Loomis editorial correspondence, 1968-73; Nan A. Talese editorial correspondence, 1966-68; Editorial correspondence of Jason Epstein, Joseph M. Fox, Janet Kafka, Sally Kovalchick, Charlotte Mayerson, James Silberman, Jean Pohoryles, Robert Loomis, Toni Morrison, Peter Osnos, Jonathan Galassi, Erroll McDonald, Robert Cowley, etc., 1966-87; Publicity files, 1966-79; Catalogs, 1992.



The collection consists of the editorial and production archives of Random House, Inc. from its founding in 1925 to the present time. The correspondence and editorial files include many of the most important novelists and short story writers in American and European literature: Saul Bellow; Erskine Caldwell; Truman Capote; William Faulkner; Sinclair Lewis; André Malraux; Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder. Among the contemporary poets there are files for W. H. Auden; Allen Ginsberg; Robinson Jeffers; Robert Lowell; and Stephen Spender. In the area of theater there are files for Maxwell Anderson; Moss Hart; Lillian Hellman; Eugene O'Neill; and Tennessee Williams. Random House transacted business with many fine presses and noted typographers and the archives contain files for Nonesuch Press, Grabhorn Press and Golden Cockerel Press, as wll as for Bruce Rogers, Valenti Angelo, and Edwin, Jane, and Robert Grabhorn

The most important book published by Random House was James Joyce's ULYSSES. Because of its alleged obscenity, it was only legally admitted into the United States after a long battle by Random House in the courts ending in 1934. The Random House Archives contain letters and documents relating to this famous case.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

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.

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.

Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.

None of the materials may be published in any form in whole or in part without prior consultation with Random House, Inc.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Random House records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

For books published by Random House, 1925-1975, see the Random House Library card catalog. Modern Library titles are not included in this catalog

Alternate Form Available

Pearl S. Buck letters are on: microfilm.

William Carlos Williams cataloged letters and manuscripts; Karen Blixen's cataloged and uncataloged correspondence; Irwin Shaw's cataloged correspondence and manuscripts; William Saroyan's cataloged correspondence; John Dixon Carr's letters; W.H. Auden's letters; William Goyen's letters; and John O'Hara's letters are on: microfilm.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Archive Entered in AMC 11/27/1990.

11 New Modern Library items Processed HR 07/17/1992.

4 catalogs Processed HR 06/23/2000.

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Accounts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Advertisements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Autobiographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book jackets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Card files Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial documents and records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galley proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trade catalogs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Transcripts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Angelo, Valenti, 1897-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bellow, Saul Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carr, John Dickson, 1906-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dinesen, Isak, 1885-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Finklehoffe, Fred F. (Fred Franklin), 1911-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Garland, Judy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Golden Cockerel Press Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grabhorn Press Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grabhorn, Edwin E Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grabhorn, Jane Bissell Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grabhorn, Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hart, Moss, 1904-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Joyce, James, 1882-1941 (Title of work: Ulysses.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Malraux, André, 1901-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nonesuch Press Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Novelists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Saroyan, William, 1908-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shaw, Irwin, 1913-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID