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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3171

Little, Brown and Company records

Company records from Little, Brown and Company, Riverside Bindery, and Roberts Brothers.


  • 1863-1982

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


26.9 linear feet (38 boxes)

This collection documents the activities of publishing house Little, Brown and Company including related companies Riverside Bindery and Roberts Brothers. File types include administrative records, cashbooks, receipts, correspondence, bills of lading, payrolls, printed materials, manuscript compositions and proofs, photographs and images, royalty statements, press releases, and other related documents. Also includes 277 book covers produced by the Medical Division of publishing house Little, Brown and Company, some designed by Clif Gaskill.

Most material dates to the 20th century with some early records dating to 1863.

Biographical / Historical

Little, Brown and Company is an American publisher founded in 1837, publishing fiction and nonfiction by American authors.


Arranged into three series: I. Little, Brown and Company documents and records II. Riverside bindery III. Roberts Brothers

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Other Finding Aids

Detailed list of book titles with designers noted for holdings from 1968 through 1982 available in curatorial file.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018M-97. Gift of Clifton Gaskill, 2018 April 17.
89M-59. Gift of Little, Brown and Company, 1989, 1999.
87M-113. Gift of Little, Brown and Company, 1987 July.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2018 May. Processed by Ashley Nary, 2019 July.
Processing Information This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation
Link to catalog
Little, Brown and Company. Little, Brown and Company records, 1902-1982
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2018 May 1
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

Harvard Yard
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
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