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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
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dodd, Mead & Company
Title: Dodd, Mead & Company records
Dates [inclusive]: 1720-1986
Abstract: The records of book publishers Dodd, Mead & Company consist of the administrative, financial, publicity, and publication records of the organization, with some family photographs and biographical material. The collection is especially rich in author contract summaries, profit/loss calculations for individual titles, printing histories and inventories of titles, and book catalogues. Although books in the collection extend back to 1720 and through the 1800s, the bulk of the collection are business records and these date primarily from the 1890s and into the 1970s, with a few earlier and later.
Quantity: 47 Linear feet in 53 boxes of various sizes.
Location: Materials are stored off-site and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 171

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Biographical / Historical

This collection includes some of the records of Dodd, Mead & Company. The company was founded in 1839 by Moses Woodruff Dodd and John S. Taylor as a publisher of mostly religiously focused texts, commentaries, and sermons. Over time the partners of the Dodd family shifted and the company was reorganized twice before becoming Dodd, Mead & Company in 1876 under Frank Howard Dodd, Edward S. Mead (Dodd's cousin), and Bleeker Van Wagenen. The breadth of their publications also expanded to include contemporary fiction, how to books, encyclopedias (The International Encyclopedia Company was a subsidiary), poetry, historical nonfiction, and many international titles among others. In the 1920s-30s Dodd, Mead expanded, buying several smaller publishing companies. The company was bought as a subsidiary by Thomas Nelson Inc. in 1981, bought again by Gamut Publishing Company in 1986, and finally ceased operations in 1990.

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Scope and Contents

The Dodd, Mead & Company collection consists of administrative records, financial records, publicity materials, and publication records. The administrative records include operating files such as board minutes, insurance policies, and salaries. The financial records include mostly stock books, financial reports, and analyses of profits, losses, and operating costs. Publicity materials include catalogues, brochures, and photographs of authors. Publication records consist mostly of copyright cards and other internal documentation related to the company's published works. These records expose the points of expansion within the company and reveal the reorganization and restructuring the company underwent as they evolved and technology progressed. The documents also include many family photographs and miscellaneous clippings and other documents that provide insight into the style and accomplishments of Dodd, Mead's leadership over time. There are also many books from the 19th century (and a few from the 18th century), mostly religious books Dodd, Mead published.

Arrangement

The records are arranged into 6 series:

Series I. Administrative Records, 1877-1972

Series II. Financial Records, 1870s-1981

Series III. Publications Publicity, 1889-1986

Series IV. Publication Records, 1890s-1980s

Series V. Biographical and Company History Documents, 1834-1975

Series VI. Books and Other Publications, 1720-1938

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Zylstra, Freida, -1997

Document Type

  • Books.
  • Booksellers' catalogs.
  • Financial records.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Obituaries
  • Photographs.
  • Stock certificates.

Subject Organizations

  • Dodd, Mead & Company -- Archives.

Subject Topics

  • Authors -- Photographs.
  • Publishers and publishing.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Materials are stored off-site and advance notice is required for use. Please contact manuscripts@nyhistory.org prior to your research visit to coordinate access. Keep in mind that it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly.

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Dodd, Mead & Company Records, MS 171, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

Dodd, Mead's archives seem to have been somewhat widely dispersed. Some repositories (there may be others) that hold the company's records are:

Indiana University, Lilly Library (Dodd, Mead mss., 1855-1992, LMC 2415)

American Antiquarian Society: https://www.americanantiquarian.org/Findingaids/dodd_mead_company.pdf

University of Delaware Library: Dodd, Mead & Company Archive, 1896-1974, #250) (a small collection with a focus on African-American authors).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The source of the material is uncertain, but appears to have been a gift of Justin G. Schiller, Ltd., circa 1990s.

Processing Information

Processed by Sydney Bebon of the Princeton Internships in Community Service (PICS) program in July 2021, with archivist Larry Weimer.

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Container List

Series I. Administrative Records, 1877-1972. 1.39 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This series includes general administration records, including board minutes for Dodd, Mead and a subsidiary, International Encyclopedia Company. Other records relate to employees (e.g., attendance, compensation, lists), insurance, lease/rentals, and other matters. There is a small amount of correspondence, especially related to furnishings of a store at 35th Street and 5th Avenue (1899-1900) and letters of 1890 with directives from Edward Mead to employee Miles Nourse.

Arrangement

Arranged by format/subject.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 1-3 Dodd, Mead Board Minutes (3 volumes)
1916-1950
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 7 Transcript of Board Authorization for the President to have Purchase and Sale Power (concerning company holdings and stocks)
1941
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 4-6 International Encyclopedia Company Minutes (3 volumes)
1909-1972
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 8 Attendance Records
1943-1944, 1951-1959
Offsite-Box: 29 Folder : 9-13 Salaries

Scope and Contents

Analysis and records by year consecutively, with some gaps. There are also bonus records from 1935-54 and an undated employee list.

1925-1961
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 3 List of Officers and Employees

Scope and Contents

Two lists, both cumulative showing all employees beginning in 1876.

1924, 1928
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 37 Unexecuted Compensation Agreement between Stockholders and Management
1941
Offsite-Box: 17 Insurance Policies and Related Material

Scope and Contents

Includes: Insurance Audit; Insurance Policy, 1963; Insurance Policy, 1960; Fire Insurance Correspondence; Insurance Policy, 1956; Insurance Policy, 1961; Insurance Policy, 1963; Insurance Policy, 1963.

1956-1963
Offsite-Box: 17 Lease Agreements, Correspondence, and Related Materials

Scope and Contents

Includes: Lease agreements, 1937, 1941, 1945 (office), 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1965; Lease correspondence, 1953, 1954, and 1963; Window Cleaning Tenant Policy; Electrical Payment Record, 1964.

Many of the letters in this file are written by Fred Slota, the former treasurer of Dodd, Mead, concerning a dispute about their lease. Slota engages in a heated exchange with their landlord before convincing him to lower the lease price. Many of the leases and other records contain related correspondence.

1937-1965
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 4 Correspondence re: Store and Office Construction & Furnishings

Scope and Contents

Most of the documents date from 1899-1900 and relate to furnishing Dodd, Mead's store at 35th Street & 5th Avenue. A few earlier documents relate primarily to rentals.

1886-1900
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 27 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Primarily includes letters written to Miles Nourse by Edward Mead while at Southampton or in Europe conveying various instructions. Also an 1879 arrangement for sales commissions with J.F. Smith and a 1935 letter to E.H. dodd from George Wharton Edwards recalling the meaning of the colophon.

1879, 1891-1892, 1935
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 28 General Releases and Related Materials

Scope and Contents

Defendants Leonard and Whipple among others.

1877-1885
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 32 Correspondence of J. Carrell Leiper and Loan Agreement
1896
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 33 Correspondence with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of the two telephone styles in use during the year of 1897.

1939

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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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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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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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Series V. Biographical and Company History Documents, 1834-1975. .76 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This series consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, biographical notes, end of life planning notes and other miscellaneous documents concerning the family and leadership of Dodd, Mead. The various documents are foldered together as found in the collection.

Arrangement

Arranged by format with photographs first, followed by the miscellaneous documents in a rough alphabetical order by folder label. Labels in "quotation marks" are transcribed from original folders and envelopes; others were established by the processing archivist.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 2 Photograph of Company/Family
19th/20th Century
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 30 Photograph of Edward H. Dodd Sr.
20th century
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 10 Photograph of Moses Dodd
19th century
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 Photograph of Moses Dodd
19th century
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 14 Photograph of Moses Dodd
19th century
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 1 Photographs (4) of Moses Dodd
19th century
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 42 Photographs (cabinet cards) of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Dodd

Scope and Contents

Three of Mr. and seven of Mrs. Moses Dodd taken and/or printed by Rockwood Instantaneous Photographs.

19th century
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 1 Photograph of Robert H. Dodd

Scope and Contents

Also includes negative.

20th century
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 5 Typescript of Autobiographical Sketch of Moses Dodd
19th century
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 40 Biographical Materials of Frank C. Dodd

Scope and Contents

Includes: biographical material (copies and drafts), end of life planning correspondence (between Doe Band and Fred Slota), death announcement, obituary, 7 headshots and negative, obituary clippings from various newspapers, the Saturday Review of Literature 1939 Vol. XXI No. 5.

1939
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 12 Dodd, Mead in the Press and Assorted Material

Scope and Contents

Originally titled "colophons" the folder only includes one colophon. The rest includes: A historical pamphlet on the Brick Church (1928); Herald Tribune feature of Dodd, Mead (1936); Ella Hardcastle obituary clippings; "books and things" clippings; correspondence concerning good press for Dodd, Mead (1938); 2 sets of speech notecards and a speech draft for a dinner at the Rockefeller Association; New York Evening Post clipping (1916); correspondence from an unspecified uncle to Mr. Dodd (1939); British Weekly clippings (1916); Frank H. Dodd feature in New York Evening Post (1916); Philadelphia Press Book Magazine clippings (1916); McClury's Book News clippings of October 1964 for the 125th anniversary announcement; the New International Bulletin (1905); placard with unknown signature.

1905-1938
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 35 Folder "EHD"

Scope and Contents

Includes: Frank Dodd biographical material; Herald Tribune Book News (1939); The Evening Post (1916) + photocopy; The Evening Post (1918); The Daily News (1975); Publisher's Weekly (1975); The Best Plays Series Sales and Inventory; Bestseller list (1975); New York Times clippings; Rutherford Platt obituary; Price increases list (1975), Memorandum; Minutes of staff meeting (1975).

1916-1975
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 34 Newspaper Clippings

Scope and Contents

Includes: New York Evening Post, January 15, 1916; Philadelphia Press Book Magazine, April 9, 1916; British Weekly, January 20, 1916; Literary Digest International Book Review (Dodd, Mead feature).

1916
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 36 Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents

Includes: a new books list (1872); Publisher's Weekly clipping (1927); Moses Dodd biographical papers.

1872-1927
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 16 Folder of "Possible Portfolio Material"

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs: Mr. and Mrs. Moses Dodd in Canada (Niagara Falls) and Moses Dodd; advertisements: reproduction of printing press ad (1834); Dodd, Mead ad featuring the Brick Church, (the original office of Dodd, Mead) (1848); new book releases ad (1899); bestseller ad "Ten Successes"; "Popular and Important Books" ad; "A Discourse on the Moral Uses of the Sea" title page reproduction; copy of correspondence between Paul Lawrence Dunbar and a Mr. Howells (in which the kindness of Mr. Dodd, most likely Moses Dodd, is praised); newspaper copy about E. P. Roe book release "Without a Home" (1881).

1834-1899
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 41 Folder "Triton Logbook"

Scope and Contents

Includes: Philadelphia Press Book Magazine (1916); Dodd, Mead History booklet; Vanderbilt Hotel note; 506 Broadway Photograph; office photograph (1916); photograph of 5th and 21st Street; Lower Manhattan map; 5 East 19th Street photograph by PL Sperr; East side of 5th and 21st Street by PL Sperr; 751 Broadway photo by PL Sperr.

1916
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 Retirement Honorarium Plaque to Frank C. Dodd (former president) on behalf of the National Association of Book Publishers
1929

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Series VI. Books and Other Publications, 1720-1938. 3 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains all the books and non-promotional publications in the Dodd, Mead records. The books in this series largely have a religious focus and most, though not all (some date to the 1700s), were published by Dodd, Mead in their first few decades. Most of the books include a name, inscription, or other markings on a flyleaf or other front page. These tend to suggest that many of these books were acquired secondhand, such as through used book stores. A couple were inscribed with the name Stephen Dodd and these were noted in the container list.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 10 "Memoir and Sermons" by Reverend Wm. J. Armstrong, D.D.
1853
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Christian Retrospect and Register" by Robert Baird
1851
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Value of the Soul" By Rev. J. Batey
1849
Offsite-Box: 10 "The Westminster Shorter Catechism" Rev. James R. Boyd
1854
Offsite-Box: 12 "Millennarian Views" by Alfred Bryant
1852
Offsite-Box: 10 "Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family" by Elizabeth Charles
1864
Offsite-Box: 12 "Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family" By Elizabeth Charles
1864
Offsite-Box: 10 "Diary of Mrs. Kitty Trevylyan" by Elizabeth Charles
1864
Offsite-Box: 11 "Diary of Mrs. Kitty Trevylyan" by Elizabeth Charles
1864
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Early Dawn" by Elizabeth Charles
1864
Offsite-Box: 10 "The Early Dawn" by Elizabeth Charles
1864
Offsite-Box: 12 "Is Christianity From God?" by Rev. John Cumming D. D.
1849
Offsite-Box: 12 "Is Christianity From God?" by Rev. John Cumming, D.D.
1849
Offsite-Box: 10 "The Memoir of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Dwight" by H.G.O. Dwight
1840
Offsite-Box: 10 "History of Redemption" by Jonathan Edwards

Scope and Contents

Inscribed "Stephen Dodd, 1804"

1793
Offsite-Box: 10 "The Life and Experience of Rev. Jonathan Edwards"
1804
Offsite-Box: 12 "The Old Chest and Its Treasures" by Aunt Elizabeth
1859
Offsite-Box: 10 "Works of Charlotte Elizabeth" by Charlotte Elizabeth
1845
Offsite-Box: 10 "Brewer's Family" by Mrs. Ellis
1867
Offsite-Box: 12 "True Cause of All Contention, Strife, and Civil War in Christian Communities" by Rev. D. C. Hopkins, A. M.
1862
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 15 "Behind the Skyline: A Pictorial Study of Downtown New York" by Huntington Corporation
1938
Offsite-Box: 10 "An Earnest Ministry the Want of the Times" by John Angell James
1848
Offsite-Box: 10 "An Earnest Ministry the Want of the Times" (reprint) by John Angell James
1860
Offsite-Box: 10 "The Churches and Pastors of Washington D. C." by Lorenzo D. Johnson
1857
Offsite-Box: 10 "The Autobiography and Ministerial Life of the Rev. John Johnston, D.D." Edited and Compiled by the Rev. James Carnahan, D.D.
1856
Offsite-Box: 10 "The Autobiography and Ministerial Life of The Rev. John Johnston, D.D." by The Rev. James Carnahan, D.D.
1856
Offsite-Box: 12 "Memoir of Asahel Grant, M.D." by Rev. A. C. Lathrop
1847
Offsite-Box: 12 "The Plenary Inspiration" by Eleazar Lord
1857
Offsite-Box: 12 "The Book of Ecclesiastes Explained" by James M. MacDonald, D.D.
1856
Offsite-Box: 12 "Watchwords of the Warfare of Life" by Dr. Martin Luther
1869
Offsite-Box: 12 "Journal and Letters of the Rev. Henry Martyn, B.D."
1851
Offsite-Box: 10 "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" by J.H. M'Ilvaine
1847
Offsite-Box: 10 "Dissertations on the Prophecies" by Thomas Newton D.D.

Scope and Contents

Inscribed "Stephen Dodd"

1794
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Lectures Complete of Father Gavazzi" by G.B. Nicolini
1854
Offsite-Box: 11 "Memorial of the Life and Service of the Late Rev. Henry A. Rowland, D.D." by E.R. Fairchild, D.D.
1860
Offsite-Box: 10 "The Path of Life" by Henry A. Rowland
1861
Offsite-Box: 10 "Scripture Manual" by Charles Simmons

Scope and Contents

Proof Text

1845
Offsite-Box: 12 "Sermons of Rev. Ichabod S. Spencer, Vol I" by Rev. J.M. Sherwood

Scope and Contents

Inscribed by a Dodd to his father, 1856.

1855
Offsite-Box: 12 "Sermons of Rev. Ichabod S. Spencer, D.D." by Rev. J.M. Sherwood
1855
Offsite-Box: 10 "A Pastor's Sketches" by Ichabod S. Spencer, D.D.
1851
Offsite-Box: 12 "Sermons of Rev. Ichabod S. Spencer, D.D. "
1855
Offsite-Box: 11 "A Pastor's Sketches" by Ichabod S. Spencer, D.D.
1855
Offsite-Box: 12 "A Pastor's Sketches" by Ichabod S. Spencer, D. D.
1856
Offsite-Box: 12 "A Pastor's Sketches" by Ichabod S. Spencer, D.D.
1857
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Attraction of the Cross" by Gardiner Spring, D.D.
1846
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Attraction of the Cross" by Gardiner Spring, D.D.
1845
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Mercy Seat" by Gardiner Spring, D.D.
1850
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Glory of Christ" by Gardiner Spring
1852
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Bible Not of Man" by By Gardiner Spring, D.D.
1847
Offsite-Box: 10 "A History of Division of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America" by a Committee of the Synod
1852
Offsite-Box: 11 "Spiritual Heroes; or, Sketches of the Puritans" by John Stoughton
1850
Offsite-Box: 10 "Commentary on the Book of Proverbs" by Moses Stuart
1857
Offsite-Box: 11 "Apostolic Baptism" by C. Taylor
1850
Offsite-Box: 11 "Thinks-I-To-Myself: Serio - Ludicro, Tragico - Comico Tale" by Thinks-I-To-Myself Who
1843
Offsite-Box: 10 "Life of Charlotte Elizabeth" by L.H.J. Tonna
1851
Offsite-Box: 12 "Eight Sermons Prech'd at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul" by Dan Waterland, D.D.

Scope and Contents

Inscribed by a Dodd in 1869.

1720
Offsite-Box: 12 "History of the Township of Mount Pleasant, Wayne County, Pennsylvania" by Rev. Samuel Whaley
1856
Offsite-Box: 10 "Letters to a Millenarian" by Rev. A. Williamson
1852
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Works of Leonard Woods, D. D." by Leonard Woods, D.D.
1849
Offsite-Box: 51 Folder : 8 "The New International Bulletin"

Scope and Contents

13 copies of The International Bulletin: November 1904 (2); July 1905 (4); June 1906 (6); July 1906 (1).

1904-1906
Offsite-Box: 28 Folder : 13 "The Whole Book of Psalms." Reproduction of 1640 Title Page

Scope and Contents

Number 114 of 200. Printed by Harpers Magazine.

1929
Offsite-Box: 11 "The Female Jesuit; or, The Spy in the Family"
1851

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