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Bennett Cerf papers, 1898-1977

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0206
Bib ID 4079659 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971
Title Bennett Cerf papers, 1898-1977
Physical Description 52 linear feet (52 linear feet 71 boxes 45 volumes 22 oversized items)
Language(s) Material is in English.
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 3-75. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, memorabilia, photographs, phonograph and tape recordings, and printed files. Included are Cerf's personal correspondence files, 1929-1945, and the diaries and scrapbooks which he maintained from his school days throughout his active career. The diaries, in date-book format, contain terse notes on Cerf's meetings with authors and friends, on his travels and publishing activities; the scrapbooks contain correspondence and photographs, as well as memorabilia and printed items, and were annotated by Cerf and his wife, Phyllis Fraser Cerf Wagner. Also in the collection are manuscripts and proofs for Cerf's books including "The Laugh's on Me""Treasury of Atrocious Puns""The Sound of Laughter""Stories to Make You Feel Better", and "At Random: the Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf", which was edited by Phyllis Cerf Wagner and Albert Erskine, 1977. The papers also include condolence letters written at the time of Cerf's death, photographs and photo albums,certificates and awards, and miscellaneous printed material, including Random House and Modern Library catalogues. Among the major correspondents are: Truman Capote, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Edna Ferber, Moss Hart, J. Edgar Hoover, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, John Lindsay, Joshua Logan, John O'Hara, Jacqueline Onassis, Richard Rodgers, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gertrude Stein, Adlai Stevenson, Harry Truman, and Robert Penn Warren

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 3-75. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

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); Bennett Cerf papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed 12/--/1988.

12 letters to & from M.H. Sherwood Cataloged HR 10/15/1998.

Revision Description

2009-07-07 File created.

2012-11-28 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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"
Albums (books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audio cassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bookplates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoires Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Passports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phonodiscs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tape recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Adams, Samuel Hopkins, 1871-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Annenberg, Walter H., 1908-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Astaire, Fred Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Auchincloss, Louis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baldwin, Faith, 1893-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baruch, Bernard M (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Baxter, Anne Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Benny, Jack, 1894-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bliven, Bruce, 1916-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bow, Clara, 1905-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bradley, Omar Nelson, 1893-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Canfield, Cass, 1897-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cerf, Christopher Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cooke, Alistair, 1908-2004 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cousins, Norman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dewey, Thomas E (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eban, Abba Solomon, 1915-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Editors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Flower, Desmond, 1907-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fontaine, Joan, 1917-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fraser, Phyllis, 1911-2006 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gershwin, Ira, 1896-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gingrich, Arnold Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goldwyn, Samuel, Jr., 1926-2015 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Green, Martyn, 1899-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gruening, Ernest, 1887-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hart, Moss, 1904-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hersey, John, 1914-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hurlock, Madeline, 1899-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ingersoll, Ralph, 1900-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Javits, Jacob K (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jones, James, 1921-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jovanovich, William Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kennedy, Edward M (Edward Moore), 1932-2009 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kerr, Jean Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koch, Ed, 1924-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kollek, Teddy, 1911-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lefkowitz, Louis J Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lindsay, John V (John Vliet) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Logan, Joshua Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Loos, Anita, 1893-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Malraux, André, 1901-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McBride, Mary Margaret, 1899-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McFee, William, 1881-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McKuen, Rod Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Merrick, David Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Michener, James A (James Albert), 1907-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nathan, George Jean, 1882-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
O'Flaherty, Liam, 1896-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
O'Hara, John, 1905-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paley, William S (William Samuel), 1901-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Random House (Firm) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 1869-1935 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roth, Philip Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russell, Rosalind Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schiff, Dorothy, 1903-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schulberg, Budd Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sevareid, Eric, 1912-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shaw, Irwin, 1913-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slesinger, Tess, 1905-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Styron, William, 1925-2006 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tracy, Honor, 1915- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Updike, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wallace, Henry A (Henry Agard), 1888-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Weidman, Jerome, 1913-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
White, E. B (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wiesel, Elie, 1928-2016 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Willkie, Wendell L (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Author & publisher. Columbia A.B. 1919; Litt.B. 1920.