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MS Am 2516

Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company reader reports on manuscripts submitted for publication, 1882-1931: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository, b
Call No.: MS Am 2516
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Title: Houghton Mifflin Company reader reports on manuscripts submitted for publication,
Date(s): 1882-1931.
Quantity: 1 collection (103 boxes, 1 volume (130 linear feet)
Abstract: Reader reports on manuscripts submitted for review and potential publication by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Part of the records deposited and later given by Houghton Mifflin Company, 2 Beacon St., Boston, Mass.; received: 1943-1980; gift, 1991.
Some from 88M-72. Gift of Houghton Mifflin Company; received: 1988.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Diane Booton and Bonnie B. Salt.
A portion of the information within this guide (for manuscript numbers 7751-A9659) was transcribed from the Company's handwritten register, MS Am 2030 (96). Transcription for finding aid was done by: Koray Durak, Rina Fujii, Brianna MacDonald, and Cathleen Sullivan.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
The entire collection is housed at the Harvard Depository, except one volume housed at Houghton. Consult Houghton public services for access times and restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use:

Some of the pages of these reports are "stuck" together. Reports found in this condition will not be available for use until they are treated for conservation.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Houghton Mifflin Company Reader Reports on Manuscripts Submitted for Publication, 1882-1931 (MS Am 2516). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Houghton Mifflin Company, publishing house of Boston, Massachusetts, 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. During the period of a portion of this collection, the firm was known as Houghton, Mifflin and Company (1880-1908), becoming thereafter a corporation under its current name, Houghton Mifflin Company.
Authors sent manuscripts to the firm, seeking publication. Each was read and evaluated by a member of the staff.
Readers of submissions were :

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically; the manuscripts were numbered upon receipt, and these numbers have been retained. Index of categories at end.

Scope and Contents

This collection does not contain the literary manuscripts themselves, but rather the reader's comments about them. Dates spanned are from September 1882 until January 1931. Most submissions were not accepted for publication. Categories were assigned by Houghton Mifflin Company upon receipt (see Index of categories at end).
A portion of the information within this guide (for manuscript numbers 7751-A9659) was transcribed from the Company's handwritten register, MS Am 2030 (96) for years 1897-1914. For information for the years 1914-1922, see MS Am 2030 (97).
The last item is a "A guide to preparation of manuscript,...to the printer," Riverside Press, 1960.

General

Materials are in English.

Index to Categories


These categories, both subject and genre, were assigned by Houghton Mifflin. Abbreviations were used. These have been expanded where possible, but some remain mysteries.

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