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Publishers Weekly records, 1909-2007

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains of Publishers Weekly's reference files on publishing houses. Most of the records consist of clippings from Publishers Weekly, but the files also include clippings from other sources, as well as advertisements, annual reports, brochures, catalogs, commemoratives, correspondence, histories, legal records, obituaries, programs, prospectuses, and survey responses.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1442
Bib ID 6570018 View CLIO record
Creator(s)
Title Publishers Weekly records, 1909-2007
Physical Description 35.28 linear feet (35.28 linear feet 84 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

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.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by corporate name. There are some areas of inconsistency in the filing of publishing houses that have gone through name changes, mergers, or buyouts. These records may be found under the company's most recent name, but may also be filed separately under the names of all of the individual publishing houses. The files often contain cross-references for affiliated publishing houses.

Description

Summary

This collection contains of "Publishers Weekly's" reference files on publishing houses. Most of the records consist of clippings from "Publishers Weekly", but the files also include clippings from other sources, as well as advertisements, annual reports, brochures, catalogs, commemoratives, correspondence, histories, legal records, obituaries, programs, prospectuses, and survey responses.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

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.

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); Publishers Weekly records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No accruals expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Catherine N. Carson.

Finding aid written by Catherine N. Carson in April 2008.

Revision Description

2008-12-30 File created.

2009-01-13 xml document instange created by Patrick Lawlor

2009-05-11 xml document instance edited by Catherine N. Carson

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"
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Histories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obituaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Booksellers and bookselling Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing -- United States -- Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

"Publishers Weekly" (also known as "PW" since 2005) was founded in 1872 as "The Publishers' Weekly". It is the oldest journal dedicated to the book industry. Originally, the publication served as a catalog for publishers to provide information on new titles to booksellers in a cost-effective way. Over time, the publication expanded to include articles, features, and other items. Book reviews, which have become a major part of the publication, were not added until the 1940s.

"Publishers Weekly" was founded by R.R. Bowker, which owned and published "Publishers Weekly" until the company was purchased by Reed Publishing in 1985. Reed Publishing then placed "Publishers Weekly" under the management of Cahners Publishing Company. Reed Publishing subsequently merged with Elsevier to become Reed Elsevier in 1993. Currently"Publishers Weekly" is part of Reed Business Information, the business information division of Reed Elsevier. However, Reed Elsevier put Reed Business Information up for sale in February 2008, citing a desire to move away from businesses that are largely dependent on advertising sales. The future of "Publishers Weekly" remains unclear as it continues to define itself in the fast-changing publishing world.