Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books
- New Directions Publishing (Organization)
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95.75 linear feet (485 boxes, 181 volumes)
The "manuscripts" are usually typescripts or else previously published material in photocopy. Usually there is a "setting copy", that is, a manuscript marked up by an editor for typesetting. Sometimes there are also earlier or unedited manuscripts. The galley and page proofs typically are in threes: one for the author (or translator or editor), one for a ND reader, and one "master" on which changes from both were recorded. Often there are further sets or partial sets of proofs incorporating corrections. In the last decade of the collection, the galley-proof stage was usually skipped.
In addition to the bulk of the collection from the New York office of New Directions, some material has been included from James Laughlin's home office. This can be identified by the accession number *97M-49.
Additions to this collection are listed by accession number (i.e., by date of receipt), then by author, then by title.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2019M-83. Gift of Benjamin Moser, 2019 March.
2019M-97. Gift of New Directions Publishing, 2019 April.
- New Directions Publishing. Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books, 1937-2019 (MS Am 2077.1): Guide.
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- Finding aid written in English.
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