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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1925-1925.4

Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records

Records of Houghton Mifflin Compnay and its predecessors, containing papers relating to both the printing and publishing branches of the business.

Dates

  • 1832-1944

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

64 linear feet (165 boxes)

Includes a voluminous file of incoming letters, chiefly post-1870, from authors published by the firm; some correspondence with other publishers; a few compositions; and a small file of editorial correspondence of The Atlantic Monthly. Also contains a few photographs.

Includes 2 drawing illustrations by Frances Lester Warner: At home with variations; and Sunlight sonata, Family life with variations. Also 3 pen and ink drawing illustrations by Warner: Geoffrey went politely to the edge of the roof, and gazed down, from Fire in the sky; and From Diet and the Daily Dozen Exercise, said Endicott, is not at its best without a by-product...

Many of the items listed below also conatin a variety of interdepartmental memoranda, related correspondence, and other material concerning the author or firm named in the heading.

Biographical / Historical

Houghton Mifflin Company, publishing house of Boston, Mass., traces its roots back to the firm of Ticknor and Fields, the premier "literary" publishing house in the United States during the middle years of the nineteenth century. Ticknor and Fields originated in the firm of Allen and Ticknor, established in 1832. The partners in Ticknor and Fields were William D. Ticknor (one of the partners in Allen and Ticknor) and James T. Fields, who entered the firm as a junior partner in 1843. After a series of changes, Ticknor and Fields evolved into Houghton, Mifflin and Company. The succession of corporate names was as follows: Allen and Ticknor (1832-1834); William D. Ticknor (1834-1843); William D. Ticknor and Co. (1843-1849); Ticknor, Reed and Fields (1849-1854); Ticknor and Fields (1854-1868); Fields, Osgood and Co. (1868-1871); James R. Osgood and Co. (1871-1878); Houghton, Osgood and Co. (1878-1880); Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (1880-1908); and Houghton Mifflin Co. (since 1908). Henry Oscar Houghton began as a printer in Cambridge, Mass. and established H. O. Houghton and Co. in 1852. Houghton's printing establishment on the Charles River in Cambridge was known as the Riverside Press. In 1864 he formed a publishing partnership in the firm of Hurd and Houghton. In 1878 the business merged with James R. Osgood and Co. as Houghton, Osgood and Co.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series:
MS Am 1925:
  1. I. Correspondence with Houghton Mifflin
  2. A. Letters to and from Houghton Mifflin
  3. B. Letters from Houghton Mifflin
  4. II. Business correspondence
  5. III. Legal and interdepartmental correspondence and documents
  6. MS Am 1925.1: Letters to The Atlantic Monthly
  7. MS Am 1925.2: Letters to and from Henry Oscar Houghton [personal correspondence]
  8. MS Am 1925.3: Other letters
  9. MS Am 1925.4: Compositions, photographs, contracts and miscellany

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

99M-43. Manuscripts deposited by and later gift of Houghton Mifflin Company, 2 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts: received after 1943; Gift 1991.

Related Materials

Letterbooks, cost books, and other Houghton Mifflin records not included in this collection are described in separate finding aids. See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Patrick K. Miehe
Link to catalog
Title
Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00009

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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