- Majority of material found in 1880-1940
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
Conditions Governing Use
48 linear feet (36 boxes)
Files include book and journal contracts, along with related materials such as: copyright renewals, assignment of copyrights, copyright certificates, copyright cards, copyright deposit receipts, purchase orders, title pages, correspondence and interoffice memoranda, option agreements, and literary scout agreements. Literary scout agreements are contracts made with persons hired to find publishable material. Also includes business records (disposal of printing plates, remainders, royalties), non-book contracts, and occasionally correspondence not related to contracts.
Correspondence and interoffice memoranda usually concern the fate of printing plates, royalties, remaindering of books and authors' estates and executorships. Documents and correspondence about wills and estates are noted. If a contract is signed by a contractor, editor, illustrator, translator, preface or introduction writer, the author of the book is noted, as well as the contractor.
Biographical / Historical
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). In 1908 the company changed from a partnership to a corporation as the Houghton Mifflin Company. The company became publicly owned in 1967 and was purchased by the French conglomerate, Vivendi Universal SA, in 2001. In 2002 it was acquired by Thomas H. Lee, Bain Capital, and the Blackstone Group.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive), 1880-1940 (bulk): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Cataloging funded by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation, the Ruth Miller Memorial Philanthropic Fund, and Charles A. Rheault.
- EAD ID
Part of the Houghton Library Repository
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