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At a Glance
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Random House records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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
Archive Entered in AMC 11/27/1990.
11 New Modern Library items Processed HR 07/17/1992.
4 catalogs Processed HR 06/23/2000.