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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Vanguard Press Records, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079730 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Vanguard Press.
Title:Vanguard Press Records, ca.1925-ca.1985
Physical description:134 linear ft. (227 boxes and 22 preservation cases).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. Boxes 1-29 are located on-site. The remainder of this collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »



This collection is arranged into 8 series:

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of the editorial and production archives of Vanguard Press: correspondence, manuscripts, contracts, memoranda, galley proofs, photographs, clippings, and printed materials. The correspondence and editorial files contain a wealth of detailed information about individual authors and the growth and development of the Press. Among the cataloged correspondents are: Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, Stephen Vincent Benét, William Rose Benét; Phyllis Bottome; Pierre Boulle; Jocelyn Brooke; Cyril Connolly; A.J. Cronin; Nigel Dennis; John Dewey; Max Eastman; James T. Farrell; Vardis Fisher; Richard Garnett; Theodor Seuss Geisel; Louis Golding; Paul Goodman; Horace Gregory; Geoffrey Grigson; Lillian Hellman; William Heyen; Harold L. Ickes; Christopher Isherwood; Alfred Kazin; Philip Lamantia; Sinclair Lewis; Emanuel Litvinoff; Dwight Macdonald; Archibald MacLeish; Marshall McLuhan; Thomas Mann; Edgar Lee Masters; H. L. Mencken; William Meredith; Joyce Carol Oates; Katherine Anne Porter; Barbara Pym; William Sansom; William Saroyan; Ramon J. Sender; Upton Sinclair; Rex Stout; Edith Sitwell; Paul Theroux; Lionel Trilling; Harry S. Trumam; Louis Untermeyer; Eudora Welty; Richard Wilbur; and Thornton Wilder. There are some manuscripts by Bellow; Bottome; Boulle; Farrell; Grigson; Litvinoff; MacDonald; Oates; John Cowper Powys; Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.; Patrick Tanner; William Targ; Theroux; and Sitwell.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Cataloged Manuscripts

Series III: Joyce Carol Oates Galleys

This is a group of 22 boxes of galley sheets and page proof of many of her novels

Series IV: Cataloged Artwork

Series V: Cataloged Photographs

Series VI: Editorial Files

Series VII: Photographs

Series VIII: Clippings

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

 Boxes 1-29 are located on-site. The remainder of this collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library 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. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Vanguard Press Records, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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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

Records Entered in AMC 02/--/91

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion July 7, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-04-02 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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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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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Galley proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Press releases.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Algren, Nelson, 1909-1981.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American literature.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, American.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bellow, Saul.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Benét, William Rose, 1886-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bottome, Phyllis, 1884-1963.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Boulle, Pierre, 1912-1994.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brooke, Jocelyn.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brown, Claude, 1937-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Burnett, Whit, 1899-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Campbell, Joseph, 1904-1987.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Connolly, Cyril, 1903-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cronin, A. J. (Archibald Joseph), 1896-1981.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dennis, Patrick, 1921-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dewey, John, 1859-1952.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eastman, Max, 1883-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Field, Sara Bard, 1882-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fisher, Vardis, 1895-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ford, Charles Henri.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fuchs, Daniel, 1909-1993.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-1995.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Garnett, Richard, 1923-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Godwyn, Fay.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Golding, Louis, 1895-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Goodman, Paul, 1911-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gregory, Horace, 1898-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Grigson, Geoffrey, 1905-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Held, John, 1889-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Henle, James.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Heyen, William, 1940-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hook, Sidney, 1902-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ignatow, David, 1914-1997.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Koestler, Arthur, 1905-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Komroff, Manuel, 1890-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Krementz, Jill.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lamantia, Philip, 1927-2005.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lerner, Max, 1902-1992.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Litvinoff, Emanuel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Loveman, Amy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Macdonald, Dwight.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Markova, Alicia, Dame, 1910-2004.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Meredith, William, 1911-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nearing, Scott, 1883-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Price, Arthur.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pym, Barbara.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Randall, Tony.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sansom, William.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Saroyan, William, 1908-1981.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-1996.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schlesinger, Arthur M. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schrifte, Evelyn.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sender, Ramón José, 1901-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shiel, M. P. (Matthew Phipps), 1865-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sitwell, Osbert, 1892-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sitwell, Sacheverell, 1897-1988.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stein, Sol.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stout, Rex Todhunter.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Symington, Stuart, 1901-1988.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Targ, William, 1907-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theroux, Paul.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Trease, Geoffrey, 1909-1998.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tyler, Paul.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wallenstein, Alfred.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Welty, Eudora, 1909-2001.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilbur, Richard, 1921-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note


Established with money out of the Garland Fund in 1926, the Vanguard Press under the editorial guidance of James Henle and Evelyn Shrifte established and maintained a reputation for publishing promising new fiction writers, as well as informed and challenging nonfiction. In the fall of 1988, Vanguard Press was sold to Random House.

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