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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

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Container List

Series IV. Publication Records, 1890s-1980s. 20.25 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The series includes records generally of a non-financial nature related to Dodd, Mead's publications. These include summaries of contract terms with authors by title, records of copyright filings and renewals with the Library of Congress, and records of print/reprint runs and publication specifications.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into three subseries:

Subseries IV.A. Author Contract Summaries, 1890s-1970s

Subseries IV.B. Copyright Records, 1890s-1960s

Subseries IV.C. Printing Inventories, 1920s-1980s

Subseries IV.A. Author Contract Summaries, 1890s-1970s. 6.5 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

The subseries includes files of cards by title summarizing the contract terms for that title. (The contracts themselves are not in the collection.) There are some variations in the pre-printed forms used, with one used until about 1920, then another used through the end of the date range. The earlier form has somewhat less data fields than the later form. Overall, though, the summaries allow for various data including basic description (e.g., number of words/length, format, date of publication, dates contract was sent and the signed copy received, etc.); compensation data (royalties and payment terms, advance information, price of publication, etc.); and rights information (name under copyright, serial rights ownership, publication plans, international (including Canadian) rights, media rights, use of illustrations, etc.). Although the pre-printed cards include these fields and others for granular detail, only those fields relevant to a contract are completed.

The cards are in three sets, with the first two similar in content, differing only in that they generally relate to different time periods. The bulk dates of the first are 1890s to 1930s and the second set are 1930s to 1970s, but there is overlap. The third set also summarizes contracts, but appears to be oriented more to royalties and other payments related to reprintings, with notes on actual payments.

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged by the three sets noted above. Within each set, the cards are arranged alphabetically by author. There are cards for each title by a particular author.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 1 Set 1: Author Contract Summaries (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

This box holds records for authors A-K. For this box and the next, the date range is based on the contract dates viewed on a skim of the cards. Bulk dates appear to be 1900s-1930s. Entries of subsequent events/transactions on the cards appear to extend in some cases to the 1960s.

1890s-1940s
Offsite-Box: 2 Set 1: Author Contract Summaries (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

This box holds records for authors L-W.

1890s-1940s
Offsite-Box: 3 Set 2: Author Contract Summaries (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents

This box holds records for authors A-K. For this box and the next, the date range is based on the contract dates viewed on a skim of the cards. Bulk dates are 1930s-1970s, but a few earlier dates were seen in this set as well.

1910s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 4 Set 2: Author Contract Summaries (2 of 3)

Scope and Contents

This box holds records for authors K-Z.

1910s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 7 Set 2: Author Contract Summaries (3 of 3). Textbooks
1950s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 5 Set 3: Author Contract Summaries (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

This box holds authors A-R. Bulk dates are 1940s-1960s.

1920s-1970s
Offsite-Box: 6 Set 3: Author Contract Summaries (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

This box holds authors S-Z. Bulk dates are 1940s-1960s.

1920s-1970s

Subseries IV.B. Copyright Records, 1890s-1960. 2.75 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This subseries consists largely of copyright cards that provide both the copyright number used by the Library of Congress and the date filed and renewed, among other information. Over the course of Dodd, Mead's operations and acquisitions of various companies they updated these cards and their arrangements several times, with some series organized alphabetically or by renewal date on index cards and others in ledgers chronologically. The original organization of each of these groups of records was maintained.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 26 Copyright Logbooks

Scope and Contents

There are gaps in the date range. Specific ranges of the volumes are 1896-1898, 1901-1910, 1916-1960.

1896-1960
Offsite-Box: 9 Copyright Cards

Scope and Contents

This box contains Library of Congress copyright acknowledgement cards, sorted alphabetically by author from the late 1800s through the 1940s. The cards are divided into three index card size boxes: A-G, H-P, P-Z. The box contains two additional index card size boxes. These additional boxes have subjects with corresponding partial quotes from a specified book (their organization and purpose is unclear and uncontextualized).

1890-1940s
Offsite-Box: 8 Copyright Cards

Scope and Contents

This box contains four index card size boxes of Library of Congress copyright cards sorted by year renewed or not renewed. Each box contains a year range in alphabetical order: 1904-1909; 1910-1914; 1915-1923; 1924-1936. The box also contains two additional index card size boxes. One of these contains disorganized Library of Congress copyright cards as well as Agatha Christie title cards. The other contains semi-alphabetically arranged Library of Congress copyright cards by author (ostensibly from rights acquisition via another publisher) as well as more Agatha Christie title cards.

1904-1936

Subseries IV.C. Printing Inventories, 1920s-1980s. 11 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains two sets of printing records on cards. The first set spans from 1920s-1940s and the second from the 1950s-1980s. While the physical format of the two sets differ, they each contain similar information concerning the printing specifications of the book (whether there are illustrations, etc.) and how many were printed.

Arrangement

Arranged in two date range-based sets and alphabetically by title within each set.

Container 1     Title Date
Offsite-Box: 35 Printing Inventories (Titles A-C)
1920-1940s
Offsite-Box: 36 Printing Inventories (Titles C-G)
1920-1940s
Offsite-Box: 37 Printing Inventories (Titles G-L)

Scope and Contents

International Classics Series included.

1920-1940s
Offsite-Box: 38 Printing Inventories (Titles L-P)
1920-1940s
Offsite-Box: 39 Printing Inventories (Titles P-T)
1920-1940s
Offsite-Box: 40 Printing Inventories (Titles T-Z)

Scope and Contents

Includes Collector Series (in alphabetical order) and Elsie

1920-1940s
Offsite-Box: 41 Printing Inventories A (ABC of Boat Sailing) - B (Better Golf For Boys)
1950-1980s
Offsite-Box: 42 Printing Inventories B (Better Gymnastics For Boys) - C (Creative Mind)
1950-1980s
Offsite-Box: 43 Printing Inventories D (Dan Barry's Daughter) - F (Famous Twentieth Century Leaders)
1950-1980s
Offsite-Box: 44 Printing Inventories F (Famous Underwater Adventures) - H (How Super Highways are Made)
1950-1980s
Offsite-Box: 45 Printing Inventories H (How they Blazed the Way) - L (Lyrics of a Low Brow)
1950-1980s
Offsite-Box: 46 Printing Inventories M (The Mackin Cover) - O (1001 Christmas Fact and Fan Fancies)
1950-1980s
Offsite-Box: 47 Printing Inventories O (1001 Garden Questions Answered) -S (Scrambling Quarterback)
1950-1980s
Offsite-Box: 48 Printing Inventories S (Scratch a Lover) - T (Taming of Carney Wilde)
1950-1980s
Offsite-Box: 49 Printing Inventories T (Tamer Lane) - W (What Does a Coast Guardsman Do?)
1950-1980s
Offsite-Box: 50 Printing Inventories W (What Does a Coastguardsman Do) - Z (Zuleika Dobson)
1950-1980s

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