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Charles Scribners’s Sons Rare Book Department Records, 1935-1972


Main Entry
Charles Scribners’s Sons. Rare Book Department.

Records, 1935-1972 (bulk 1958-1968)

Physical Description
12 linear ft. (29 record boxes)

Historical/Biographical Note
The publishing firm of Charles Scribners’s Sons was founded in New York City in 1846. The firm also maintained a bookshop, and from about 1890 to 1972 it maintained a rare books department.

Scope and Contents Note
Records include letters written to the department, with carbons of the department’s replies concerning all aspects of the rare book trade. Also included are: monthly sales reports, sales receipts, notebooks, and a nearly complete set of catalogs published by Scribners’s, most of which are from the annotated shop set. The collection also includes Scribners’s own want lists and the want lists and correspondence of a major customer, Parkman D. Howe of Boston, for the period 1935-1954. The card files consist of records of books sold and sales slips.

Finding Aid Note
Preliminary container list available in repository; box level control.

Howe, Parkman D. Correspondence.

Booksellers and bookselling. New York (State). New York. 20th century.
Antiquarian booksellers. New York (State). New York. 20th century.
Rare books. New York (State). New York. 20th century.

Booksellers’ catalogs. New York (State). New York. 20th century.
Catalog cards. New York (State). New York. 20th century.

Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1098.

Collection Inventory

Record Box Contents

Box 1 Correspondence: Aa-Bi

Box 2 Correspondence: Bla-Col

Box 3 Correspondence: Con-Fia

Box 4 Correspondence: Fil-Has

Box 5 Correspondence: Has-Joh

Box 6 Correspondence: Joo-McL

Box 7 Correspondence: Maa-Nos

Box 8 Correspondence: O’A-Rod

Box 9 Correspondence: Ros-Sci

Box 10 Correspondence: Si-Su

Box 11 Correspondence: Taa-Un

Box 12 Correspondence: Va-Z

Box 13 “Unfinished correspondence”

Box 14 “Unfinished correspondence”

Box 15 Receipt books

Box 16 Sales lists: nos. 1-19; 51-52 and some unnumbered, with annotations. n.d.

Box 17 Sales lists
Unnumbered but with subject titles
Daily sales totals notebooks in “Steno pad” format: July 1957-Oct. 1959; Nov.
1959-May 1961
May 1961-April 1963; May 1963-March 1965 (4 notebooks)
Want lists, 1955-1959
Parkman D. Howe (53 State St., Boston): recent wants and correspondence,

Box 18 Sales receipts

Box 19 Notebooks
Insurance, March 1959-Jan. 1969 (1 notebook) [Records assessment of stock for
insurance purposes]
Sales, Feb. 1966-Dec. 1972 (4 notebooks)

Box 20 Notebooks
Sales, Feb. 1955-Jan. 1966 (9 notebooks)

Box 21 Notebooks
Bibliographical records [possibly drafts for catalog entries] (11 notebooks and
1 envelope)
“Catalogue of Books published and imported by Scribners’ and Welford.”
[Interleaved with blank pages with additional entries, etc. pasted
down.], ca. 1877-1878 (89 p.)

Box 22 Rare Book Department catalogs, nos. 160-173 [catalogs with the annotations
and notes used in preparation as well as sales information for individual catalogs and an additional set of marked-up catalogs]
Invoices, 1965

Box 23 Rare Book Department catalogs, nos. 147-159 [information as described above]

Card Files

Box 24 Sold Cards: A-Hy

Box 25 Sold Cards: I-Z

Box 26 Sold Cards: Collections, Music
Sales Slips: A-Ph

Box 27 Sales Slips: Pi-Z; A-Z (2nd & 3rd Series)

Box 28 Sales Slips: 1959-1963

Box 29 Sales Slips: 1964-1969

Offsite Storage Box Numbers

Box 1 GC302100000146

Box 2 GC302100000147

Box 3 GC302100000148

Box 4 GC302100000149

Box 5 GC302100000150

Box 6 GC302100000151

Box 7 GC302100000152

Box 8 GC302100000153

Box 9 GC302100000154

Box 10 GC302100000155

Box 11 GC302100000156

Box 12 GC302100000157

Box 13 GC302100000158

Box 14 GC302100000159

Box 15 GC302100000160

Box 16 GC302100000161

Box 17 GC302100000162

Box 18 GC302100000163

Box 19 GC302100000164

Box 20 GC302100000165

Box 21 GC302100000166

Box 22 GC302100000167

Box 23 GC302100000168

Box 24 GC302200001006

Box 25 GC302200001007

Box 26 GC302200001008

Box 27 GC302200001009

Box 28 GC302200001010

Box 29 GC302200001011

(Updated 10/31/2007)
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