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James O. Brown Associates records, 1927-1992

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0153
Bib ID 4079748 View CLIO record
Creator(s) James O. Brown Associates
Title James O. Brown Associates records, 1927-1992
Physical Description 231 linear feet (231 linear feet 456 boxes)
Language(s) Material is in English.
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-446, and volumes from the James Oliver Brown library. 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.

Lonnie Coleman materials (cataloged manuscripts & boxes 77-79) may not be used without the written permission of Curtis Brown Ltd., 10 Astor Place, NY NY 10003.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged (Boxes C1-C48); remainder arranged. Authors, A-Z - Boxes 1-394; Agents, publishers& subjects - Boxes 395-413; J.O. Brown, personal - Box 414; Contracts - Boxes 415-420; Financial records - Boxes 421-446.

Description

Summary

The files of the literary agency include correspondence with authors, publishers, and other agents and deal with editing and publishing, serial rights, reprints, dramatic rights, translations and foreign rights, promotion, copyright registration, contracts, royalty statements, tax statements, and other financial materials, and the personal affairs of many clients. Among the cataloged correspondents are: Louis S. Auchincloss, Erskine Caldwell, Herbert Gold, Alberto Moravia, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rebecca West.

1985 ADDITION: 90 personal letters relating to Brown's illness & retirement have been added.

1987 ADDITION: James Oliver Brown donated selected volumes from his library, including 92 books inscribed to him by the authors, his clients. These are shelved in 15-21-6a & a shelflist of these uncataloged books is available. Other similarly inscribed books, mostly by Louis Auchincloss, have been cataloged & added to the Rare Book Collection.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-446, and volumes from the James Oliver Brown library. 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.

Lonnie Coleman materials (cataloged manuscripts & boxes 77-79) may not be used without the written permission of Curtis Brown Ltd., 10 Astor Place, NY NY 10003.

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); James O. Brown Associates records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Alternate Form Available

John Dickson Carr letters are on: microfilm.

Albert Payson Terhune letters are on: microfilm.

Laura Wilder letters from Box 380 are on: microfilm.

Rose Wilder letters from Boxes 223 & 224 are on: microfilm.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Records Entered in AMC HR 10/21/1991.

H. Gold letter Cataloged HR 10/17/1991.

2 letters from Herbert Gold Cataloged HR 12/20/1991.

5 letters Processed HR 06/11/1992.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2012-11-02 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"
Account books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bank statements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bankruptcy proceedings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Card files Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Check stubs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoranda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tax returns Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Auchincloss, Louis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors and publishers -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Books -- Translations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brown, James Oliver, 1909- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buck, Frank, 1884-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burgess, Gelett, 1866-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bye, George T Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carr, John Dickson, 1906-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coleman, Lonnie, 1920-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Copyright Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Costain, Thomas B (Thomas Bertram), 1885-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Curtis Brown, Ltd Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Durant, Will, 1885-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Freeling, Nicolas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
George T. Bye & Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gilbert, Michael Francis, 1912-2006 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gold, Herbert, 1924- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
John Cushman Associates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lieber, Maxim Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Liebling, A. J (Abbott Joseph), 1904-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literary agents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lockridge, Richard, 1898-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Malleson, Lucy Beatrice, 1899-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mitford, Jessica, 1917-1996 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moravia, Alberto, 1907-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Novelists, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parrott, Ursula, 1899-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Powys, Llewelyn, 1874-1955 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Purdy, James, 1914-2009 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renault, Mary Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sothern, E. H (Edward Hugh), 1859-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stafford, Jean, 1915-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swados, Harvey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Terhune, Albert Payson, 1877-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
West, Rebecca, 1892-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilson, Angus Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilson, Sloan, 1920-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Literary agency in New York City. Organized in 1949 as the successor firm to George T. Bye & Company, James Oliver Brown later absorbed the agencies of Maxim Lieber (1951), John Cushman Associates (1978), and others. James Brown Associates merged with Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 1981.