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

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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 III: Publications Publicity, 1889-1987. 7.85 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The series includes various publicity materials, including catalogues, brochures, logs and notices of upcoming publication dates, colophons, and photographs of authors. An unusual item for this collection are many original photographs taken by Freida Zylstra for the 1941 book "Skylark: A Story of a Girl Photographer Who Flew Over South America," written with the woman aviator Margaret Thomsen Raymond.

Arrangement

Arranged into two subseries:

Subseries III.A. Author Photographs and Related Materials, 1910s?-1960s

Subseries III.B. Publicity Material, 1889-1987

Subseries III.A. Author Photographs and Related Materials, 1910s?-1960s (bulk, undated). 1.79 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

While the purpose of some of these photographs remains unknown, many, especially those found in box 28, were photographs sent by author's agents to be hung in the office of Dodd, Mead & Company. Some may have also been used for promotional materials.

Exceptional in this subseries and notable in substance are two folders with many photographs related to the publication "Skylark: A Story of a Girl Who Flew Over South America." One folder includes original snapshots that were printed in the book, and the other includes photos that were "left over."

Photographs of the Dodds and related families are in Series V.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 Anatole France
undated
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 9 Agatha Christie
1950s?
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 14 Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes, taken by Griff Davis of Ebony
1930s?
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 6 Brick Church at City Hall Park (photograph of lithograph)
undated
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 5 Cornelia Otis Skinner
1950s?
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 11 Correspondence Concerning Framed Author Photographs on Office Walls
1971
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 11 "Crunch the Squirrel" by Elizabeth Anne Bond and Joan Elaine Rabin with illustrations by Kurt Wiese (mock-up)
1939
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 10 Dodd, Mead Building
undated
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 Elizabeth Seifert
1940s?
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 4 James G. Randall
1930s?
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 13 Jean Henri Fabre
1910s?
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 31 Loula Grace Erdman

Scope and Contents

Includes negative.

1950s?
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 29 Madame and Monsieur Maeterlinck
circa 1911?
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 Maureen Daly
1940s?
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 Max Brand
1930s?
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 Michael Innes
1950s?
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 31 Office (509 Broadway)
undated
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 21 Office and Office Building Photographs (509 Broadway, etc.)
undated
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 31 "Sinbad of the Coast Guard" (photo with book, dog, and staff)
1945
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 19 Photographs for "Skylark: A Story of a Girl Photographer Who Flew Over South America" by Margaret Thomsen Raymond and Freida Zylstra (1 of 2)
circa 1940
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 20 "Leftover" Photographs from "Skylark" (2 of 2)
circa 1940
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 31 Staff Photo
undated
Offsite-Box: 28 Offsite-Box : 15 Three photographs of unidentified former employee given by his son, Clinton L, Mosher to Dodd, Mead officers
1964
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 Unidentified Male Headshot taken by Hal Phyfe
undated
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 7 Unidentified Man

Scope and Contents

Includes Negative

undated
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 7 Unidentified Man
undated
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 8 Unidentified Man
undated
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 12 Various Author Photographs

Scope and Contents

Photographs include: Loula Grace Erdman; Rutherford H. Platt; N. J. Bernice; Paul Laurence Dunbar; Edward Dolan Jr. (taken by Luther Green); Kenneth Grahame; Anatole France; Linus Pauling; Harold W. Felton; Phie Stong; Martha Ostenso; C. K. Chesterson; unnamed male, black and white head shot; Norman Douglas; Burton Stevenson; Guy GilPatric; H.V. Morton; Sydney Clark; George Sullivan; Frances Gray Patton; [?] Mantle; Agatha Christie; Cornelia Otis Skinner; James G. Randall; Admiral Edward Elsberg spring 1952; [?] Heacock.

1952, undated
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 W. Edmonds
undated
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 17 William P. McGivern
1950s?

Subseries III.B. Publicity Material, 1889-1987. 6.06 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains the publicity and promotional materials found in the Dodd, Mead records. This includes mostly catalogues and pamphlets as well as colophons and other printing materials. Among the catalogues, there are several standalone pamphlets that advertise a specific genre or collection (such as college textbooks). There are also several yearly catalogues that were all originally organized together and remain as such. These yearly catalogues include both Dodd, Mead and other publishing companies that were either subsidiaries or acquisitions of Dodd, Mead. There are also sets of bound catalogues that span several years and are inclusive of all the smaller catalogues that Dodd, Mead produced during that time period.

Arrangement

Arranged by format then chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 39 "A Selected List of New Books for the Holidays" Seasonal Catalogue and Promotional Material
1917
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 2 Publicity Brochures

Scope and Contents

Includes the following: Cover design and table of contents for "Black Politics" by Ernest Patterson and for "The American Democratic System" by J. Keith Melville; Dodd Mead College Books in Sociology Catalogue; Dodd Mead College Books in Romance Languages Catalogue; "German Zerts from Dodd, Mead" Catalogue; and Zig-Zag Puzzle Company Promotional Pamphlet.

1974
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 18 Colophons (Dodd, Mead)
19th/20th Century
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 26 Company History Booklets

Scope and Contents

Includes two company history booklets, one printed by Dodd, Mead and the other by the International Encyclopedia Company. Also a remembrance written by Allison Dodd in 1939.

circa 1920s-1930s
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 38 "First One Hundred Years" by Edward H. Dodd Jr. Manuscript and Notes

Scope and Contents

Includes a photograph of Mrs. Dodd.

Circa 1939
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 25 "The First Hundred Years: A History of the House of Dodd, Mead" by Edward H. Dodd Jr. Unbound
1939
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 23-24 Correspondence in Response to "The First Hundred Years" (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

One folder labeled "Dull" and the other "Interesting."

1939-1940
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 6 "Dodd Mead Some Suggestions For Authors" by Dodd, Mead & Company
circa 1937
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 3 Dodd, Mead Christmas Cards (3)
Circa 1900s
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 16 Miscellaneous Ephemera
undated
Offsite-Box: 7 Log of books by publication date (?)
1899-1920
Offsite-Box: 7 Publication Slips

Scope and Contents

Notices of which books are to be published on upcoming dates, with price.

1904-1939
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 9 Publicity and Building Photos

Scope and Contents

Folder containing photographs and assorted materials of the Dodd, Mead building and publication and promotional materials. These various materials were found and remain together.

Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 31 "The Retail Bookseller" Magazine
1940
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 42 Windmill Hill Stationery Cuts
undated
Offsite-Box: 13 Individual Catalogues

Scope and Contents

Catalogues from Dodd, Mead: 1961-1982, 1985-1987.

Catalogues from other companies (acquired by Dodd, Mead): John Lane Company (1914, 1920, 1921); Duffield and Green (1933, 1934); Small, Maynard and Company (1926); Sears Publications (1933); Moffat, Yard & Co. (1923/24); Robert M. McBride & Company (1947, 1948).

1914-1987
Offsite-Box: 17 Bound Catalogues. Vols 1-3

Scope and Contents

Vols 1-3 (1892-1903), plus an earlier unnumbered volume for 1889-1890

1889-1903
Offsite-Box: 33 Bound Catalogues. Vols 4-8
1904-1914
Offsite-Box: 32 Bound Catalogues. Vols 9-14
1915-1929
Offsite-Box: 31 Bound Catalogues. Vols 15-21
1930-1948
Offsite-Box: 30 Bound Catalogues. Vols 22-26, 29, 30, 32

Scope and Contents

Vols 22-26 (1951-65); no Vol 27, 28; Vol 29 (1972-74) for adult; Vol 30 (1975-78) for juvenile; no Vol 31; Vol 32 (1979-82) for juvenile.

1951-1982
Offsite-Box: 7 List of Titles (untitled typescript)
undated

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