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Guide to the Al Silverman Papers
1951-2003
 MSS 136

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Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes materials related to Al Silverman's work as an author as well as his work as editor of Sport Magazine, editor and publisher at Viking Press, and CEO and chairman of Book of the Month Club. Included in these files are draft copies of articles and books, research, interviews, magazine and newspaper clippings, correspondence with editors, and fan mail. The collected materials illustrate the stages of Silverman's writing process.

Most materials are in original format.

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

SERIES I: Author Files

This series includes materials from several stages of Silverman's career including materials related to his work as an essayist and book author as well as his work as an editor of Sport Magazine and editor and publisher at Viking Press. Included are drafts, correspondence with editors, fan mail, interviews, research notes, contracts and audiocassettes.

Subseries A: Paper Files

Subseries B: Audio Recordings removed from Paper Files

Subseries C: Recorded Interviews

SERIES II: Book of the Month Club Files

Subseries A: Paper Files

Subseries B: Videocassettes

This series includes materials from Silverman's tenure as CEO and chairman of Book of the Month Club. Included are correspondence, press clippings and videocassettes as well as files related to Book of the Month Club: Sixty Years of Books in American Life, edited by Silverman.

SERIES III: It's Not Over 'Til It's Over

Subseries A: Paper Files

Subseries B: Books

Subseries C: Media

Subseries D: Digital Data Storage

This series is a 2004 accretion to the Al Silverman papers. It includes research materials for, and drafts of It's Not Over 'Til It's Over, a sports history book written by Silverman, published in 2002.

Arrangement

The Al Silverman Papers are organized into three series: Author Files, Book of the Month Club files, and "It's Not Over 'Til It's Over" materials. Within series I and II, files are organized chronologically. The files are in the original order in series III. Descriptions are at the folder level.

The files are grouped into 3 series:

  1. I: Author Files
  2. II: Book of the Month Club Files
  3. III: It's Not Over 'Til it's Over