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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2077.3

New Directions catalogs, circulars, and printed ephemera


Sales catalogs, circulars, and other printed materials from the New Directions Publishing Corporation founded by publisher-poet James Laughlin in 1936.


  • Creation: 1936-2019


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2 linear feet (8 boxes)

Collection includes: advertisements, book order postcards, sales catalogs, circular letters, clippings, newsletters (including "News from New Directions"), posters, press releases, etc. There are a few manuscript drafts of text for some of these printed materials, some written by James Laughlin, and also information concerning the history of the corporation.

This collection will be added to as new materials are produced by NDPC.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

97M-49. Bequest of James Laughlin IV, 1997; received: 1998 April 30.

2014M-74. Purchased with funds from the James W. Basker Book Fund, 2014 November.

2014M-75. Purchased with funds from the Crocker Wight 1938 Book Fund in the Houghton Library, 2014 November.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean and Bonnie B. Salt; with the assistance of Vicki Denby, Mary Hammer, Jermaine Hollins, Jennifer Lyons, Michael Newton, and Meghan Schmeltz-Kiel.

New Directions Publishing Corp. New Directions catalogs, circulars, and printed ephemera, 1936-2011 (MS Am 2077.3): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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