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MS Am 1925-1925.4

Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1925-1925.4
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Title: Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records,
Date(s): 1832-1944.
Quantity: 64 linear feet (169 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Records of Houghton Mifflin Compnay and its predecessors, containing papers relating to both the printing and publishing branches of the business.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

99M-43. Manuscripts deposited by and later gift of Houghton Mifflin Company, 2 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts: received after 1943; Gift 1991.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Patrick K. Miehe

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Houghton Mifflin Company Correspondence and Records, 1832-1944 (MS Am 1925-1925.4). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Letterbooks, cost books, and other Houghton Mifflin records not included in this collection are described in separate finding aids. See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional information.

Biographical / Historical

Houghton Mifflin Company, publishing house of Boston, Mass., traces its roots back to the firm of Ticknor and Fields, the premier "literary" publishing house in the United States during the middle years of the nineteenth century. Ticknor and Fields originated in the firm of Allen and Ticknor, established in 1832. The partners in Ticknor and Fields were William D. Ticknor (one of the partners in Allen and Ticknor) and James T. Fields, who entered the firm as a junior partner in 1843. After a series of changes, Ticknor and Fields evolved into Houghton, Mifflin and Company. The succession of corporate names was as follows: Allen and Ticknor (1832-1834); William D. Ticknor (1834-1843); William D. Ticknor and Co. (1843-1849); Ticknor, Reed and Fields (1849-1854); Ticknor and Fields (1854-1868); Fields, Osgood and Co. (1868-1871); James R. Osgood and Co. (1871-1878); Houghton, Osgood and Co. (1878-1880); Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (1880-1908); and Houghton Mifflin Co. (since 1908). Henry Oscar Houghton began as a printer in Cambridge, Mass. and established H. O. Houghton and Co. in 1852. Houghton's printing establishment on the Charles River in Cambridge was known as the Riverside Press. In 1864 he formed a publishing partnership in the firm of Hurd and Houghton. In 1878 the business merged with James R. Osgood and Co. as Houghton, Osgood and Co.


Arranged into the following series:

MS Am 1925:

Scope and Contents

Includes a voluminous file of incoming letters, chiefly post-1870, from authors published by the firm; some correspondence with other publishers; a few compositions; and a small file of editorial correspondence of The Atlantic Monthly. Also contains a few photographs.
Includes 2 drawing illustrations by Frances Lester Warner: At home with variations; and Sunlight sonata, Family life with variations. Also 3 pen and ink drawing illustrations by Warner: Geoffrey went politely to the edge of the roof, and gazed down, from Fire in the sky; and From Diet and the Daily Dozen Exercise, said Endicott, is not at its best without a by-product...
Many of the items listed below also conatin a variety of interdepartmental memoranda, related correspondence, and other material concerning the author or firm named in the heading.

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