Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Helene Hanff papers, 1931-1995

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0552
Bib ID 4079901 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hanff, Helene
Title Helene Hanff papers, 1931-1995
Physical Description 2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Arranged in 3 series.



Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, photographs, reviews, clippings, and other printed materials about Hanff, as well as books by and about her.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Ownership and Custodial History

Bequest of the estate of Helene Hanff, 1997.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers & books Processed HR 07/24/1997.

Revision Description

2019-11-18 Replaced PDF with structured finding aid. kws

Subject Headings

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Advertisements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Albums (books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Handbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Itineraries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Menus Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Booksellers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Booksellers and bookselling -- Great Britain Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Doel, Frank Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marks & Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Puzzles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Helene M. Hanff, 1916-1997, author and playwright, wrote television scripts in the 1950s, American history books for children in the 1960s, and other books in the 1970s and 1980s. Her best known work was 84, Charing Cross Road, published in 1970, which was drawn from her correspondence with Frank P. Doel of Marks & Co. in London, Booksellers. She later did a monthly broadcast for the BBC from 1978 to 1985.

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Series I: Correspondence and Manuscripts

Box 1 Correspondence, manuscripts, clippings& books about Hanff

Series II: Books

Box 2 Books by and about Hanff & plaque

Box 3 Books by Hanff

Series III: Additions to the Collection

Box 4 Folder 1 Correspondence between Helen Hanff and Lois Singer, 1993-1995

Box 4 Folder 2 Letters from Lois Singer et al. regarding Helen Hanff's work, life, and her Memorial Service, 1997-2008

Box 4 Folder 3 & 4 Lists, announcements, and manuscripts regarding the Helen Hanff Memorial Service at St. Paul's Covent Garden on Tuesday September 16, 1997

Box 4 Folder 5 List and descriptions of Helen Hanff's work: "84 Charing Cross Road" and "Woman's Hour"

Box 4 Folder 6 Clipping and Articles about Helen Hanff

Box 4 Folder 7 "Record-A-Call" answering machine cassette tape containing two messages from Helen Hanff to Pearl Somner Debuskey, 1981/1982