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Guide to the Dodd, Mead & Company Records
1720-1986
 MS 171

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Sydney Bebon & Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 10, 2021
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Container List

Series II. Financial Records, 1870s-1981. 13.75 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This series contains financial records of Dodd, Mead & Company and, to a limited extent, some of their subsidiaries. The series holds some financial reports for the company. The larger portion of the series consists of inventories, profit/loss analyses by book title, royalty calculations, records of company stock and bond holders, and other financial data.

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries:

Subseries II.A. Financial Reports and Related Material, 1870s-1981

Subseries II.B. Stocks and Bonds, 1909-1976

Subseries II.A. Financial Reports and Related Material, 1870s-1981. 9 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains financial reports, particularly for the 1930s-1940s, inventories of stock of books and printing materials, and financial data, especially concerning book sales and royalties. The subseries features calculations of profit and loss by individual title, beginning with 1876 and ranging without gaps into the late 1950s; these annual analyses were referred to as "red books" because of the color of the binding used until 1944 (later years are on loose sheets, but retained the appellation). Also featured are inventories ranging from the 1940s to the 1970s. A number of miscellaneous financial matters close the subseries, among them royalty statements, securities transactions (investments) in the 1930s, copies of Dodd, Mead's billings for royalties, fees, and other payments due them, and other items.

Arrangement

Arranged by format/subject, then chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 2 General Analysis
1903-1908
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 4-10 Monthly Financial Reports (7 folders)

Scope and Contents

There are gaps in the date range.

1935-1949
Offsite-Box: 34 "Red Books" (Profits and Losses by Title) (10 volumes)

Scope and Contents

The box holds nine books with a complete run from 1876-1944 of profit/loss analysis by book title. A tenth volume is labeled "copyright" but has financial calculations of some type for titles as well, 1879-1886.

1876-1944
Offsite-Box: 20 "Red Books" (Profits and Losses by Title)
1945-1947
Offsite-Box: 21 "Red Books" (Profits and Losses by Title)
1948-1951
Offsite-Box: 22 "Red Books" (Profits and Losses by Title)

Scope and Contents

Includes general titles for 1952-1953 and 1956, with an overall analysis at 1959; and Juveniles for 1949-1953.

1949-1953, 1956, 1959
Offsite-Box: 19 Inventories
1940-1942, 1945-1949
Offsite-Box: 23 Inventories
1950-1955, 1959-1961
Offsite-Box: 24 Inventories by Author Name (box 1 of 3). E - K

Scope and Contents

This set of inventories, spanning three boxes, has entries primarily from the 1970s, with many from the 1960s, and a very few from the 1950s.

1950s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 25 Inventories by Author Name (box 2 of 3). K - P
1950s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 53 Inventories by Author Name (box 3 of 3). P - W
1950s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 23 Inventories(?)
1978, 1981
Offsite-Box: 52 Book Sales & Royalty Calculations
1930-1950s
Offsite-Box: 17 Royalty Records. Sears Publications

Scope and Contents

Sears and its titles were acquired by Dodd, Mead.

1930s
Offsite-Box: 7 Royalty Statements. Duffield & Company
1931-34
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 16 Book Rental Analysis

Scope and Contents

Note on enclosure reads: "Showing dates of copyright, title, author, and kind of income used for excess profit taxes. Abnormal income."

1941-1945
Offsite-Box: 27 Copies of Billings/Invoices by Dodd, Mead for Royalties Due, Fees for Reproductions, etc. (1 of 2)
1934-1945
Offsite-Box: 52 Copies of Billings/Invoices by Dodd, Mead for Royalties Due, Fees for Reproductions, etc. (2 of 2)
1945-1949
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 3 Cash Collections. International Encyclopedia Company
1917-1923
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 11-14 Securities Transactions (4 folders)

Scope and Contents

Investment-related confirmations and correspondence with Fifth Avenue Bank Trust Department and broker Plympton, Gardiner & Co., 1931-1933. Also approved purchase list and other information about the Chemical Fund, Inc., with purchase confirmation, 1939-40.

1931-1933, 1939-1940
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 15 Fiscal Year Record of Comparative Gifts, Dues, & Subscriptions, etc.
1941-1959
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 1 Assorted Financial Records

Scope and Contents

The folder holds a summary of stock accounts, balances, and stock inventories, among other notes.

1873-1876
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 22 King Feature Syndicate Sales, Rights, and Related Correspondence
1958-1965

Subseries II.B Stocks and Bonds, 1909-1976. 4.75 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes common and preferred stock and bond certificate books and books of account (i.e., record of investor transactions in the firm's securities). The certificate books include unissued certificates, cancelled/returned certificates, and stubs for issued certificates with details of issuance. The books also have related correspondence and other documents inserted.

Arrangement

Arranged by company with Dodd, Mead documents first, followed by its subsidiaries. Within these, arrangement is by document type and chronological.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 26 Book of Account

Scope and Contents

Record of stockholder transactions.

1919-1960s
Offsite-Box: 26 Book of Account. Bondholders

Scope and Contents

Record of bondholders (few entries).

1916-1919
Offsite-Box: 14 Debenture Bonds Book
1916-1919
Offsite-Box: 16 Common Stock Book
1916, 1919, 1924
Offsite-Box: 16 Common Stock Book
1926-1943
Offsite-Box: 14 Common Stock Book

Scope and Contents

Wihin the stock book are also envelopes of documents concerning at least four estates: Edward H. Dodd, Jennie S. Dodd, Arthur M. Chase, and Howard C. Lewis.

1945-1958
Offsite-Box: 15 Common Stock Book

Scope and Contents

This book holds mostly unissued certificates.

1958
Offsite-Box: 15 Common Stock Book

Scope and Contents

This book also holds an envelope containing documents concerning the estate of Frank C. Dodd.

1965-1968
Offsite-Box: 14 Common Stock Book
1968-1969
Offsite-Box: 14 Common Stock Book
1970-1971
Offsite-Box: 16 Preferred Stock Book

Scope and Contents

Specific years included are: 1919, 1924, 1933, 1937, 1939.

1919-1939
Offsite-Box: 15 Preferred Stock Book
1945-1960
Offsite-Box: 16 Preferred Stock Book
1966-1976
Offsite-Box: 26 International Encyclopedia Company. Book of Account

Scope and Contents

Record of stockholder transactions.

1909
Offsite-Box: 26 Phelps Parker Company. Book of Account

Scope and Contents

Record of stockholder transactions.

1916-1917
Offsite-Box: 26 Phelps Parker Company Stock Book
1916-1920

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