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   Bennett Cerf Papers ca. 1898-1977.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Bennett Cerf papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079659 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971.
Title:Bennett Cerf Papers ca. 1898-1977.
Physical description:52 linear ft (ca. 6,300 items in 71 boxes, 45 volumes, & 22 oversized items).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. 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.  More information »



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

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Scope and Content

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.

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

 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.

Restrictions on Use

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.

Finding aid in repository and online.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed 12/--/1988

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

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 7, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-07-07 File created.
    2012-11-28 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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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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Adams, Samuel Hopkins, 1871-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Annenberg, Walter H., 1908-2002.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Astaire, Fred.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Auchincloss, Louis.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, American.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Baldwin, Faith, 1893-1978.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Baxter, Anne.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Benny, Jack, 1894-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bliven, Bruce, 1916-2002.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bow, Clara, 1905-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bradley, Omar Nelson, 1893-1981.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Canfield, Cass, 1897-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cerf, Christopher.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cooke, Alistair, 1908-2004.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cousins, Norman.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eban, Abba Solomon, 1915-2002.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-1999.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Flower, Des, omd, 1907-3-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fontaine, Joan, 1917-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gershwin, Ira, 1896-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gingrich, Arnold.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Goldwyn, Samuel, 1926-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Green, Martyn, 1899-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gruening, Ernest, 1887-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hart, Moss, 1904-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hersey, John, 1914-1993.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hurlock, Madeline, 1899-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ingersoll, Ralph, 1900-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jones, James, 1921-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jovanovich, William.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kerr, Jean.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Koch, Ed, 1924-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kollek, Teddy, 1911-2007.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lefkowitz, Louis J.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lindsay, John V. (John Vliet)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Logan, Joshua.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Loos, Anita, 1893-1981.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Malraux, AndreĢ, 1901-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McBride, Mary Margaret, 1899-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McFee, William, 1881-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McKuen, Rod.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Merrick, David.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nathan, George Jean, 1882-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
O'Flaherty, Liam, 1896-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
O'Hara, John, 1905-1970.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Paley, William S. (William Samuel), 1901-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Random House (Firm)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 1869-1935.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roth, Philip.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Russell, Rosalind.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schiff, Dorothy, 1903-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schulberg, Budd.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sevareid, Eric, 1912-1992.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shaw, Irwin, 1913-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Slesinger, Tess, 1905-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Styron, William, 1925-2006.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tracy, Honor, 1915-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Updike, John.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wagner, Phyllis Cerf, 1915-2006.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wallace, Henry A. (Henry Agard), 1888-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Weidman, Jerome, 1913-1998.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wiesel, Elie, 1928-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note


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

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