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Guide to the New American Library Archive
1943-1962
 MSS 070

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Collection processed by Jenny Hillyer, from September-October 2000. Updated by Nicholas Martin, 2009.

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Creator: New American Library.
Title: New American Library Archive
Dates [inclusive]: 1943-1962
Abstract: The New American Library Editorial Department Files (1943-1962) comprise 125 boxes or 108.5 linear feet of processed materials and 25 boxes of paperback texts. Victor Weybright and Kurt Enoch founded the New American Library of World Literature, Inc. (NAL), in 1948. NAL was established as an autonomous American publishing house after branching off from its British-based parent company, Penguin Books. Based in New York, NAL began in 1948 to produce affordable paperback reprints of classics and scholarly works, as well as popular, pulp, and "hard-boiled" fiction. Non-fiction, original, and hardcopy issues were also later produced. NAL imprints included Signet fiction, Mentor non-fiction, Signet science, Signet Classics, Signet Key, Mentor-Omega and Mentor Executive Library. Highlights of the collection include extensive anecdotal and personal correspondence of writers, namely: Erskine Caldwell (totaling 46 folders), James T. Farrell, and Mickey Spillane.
Quantity: 108.5 linear feet (139 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS 070