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James B. Pinker & Son. James B. Pinker & Son correspondence, circa 1906-1934: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: 2012M-82
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: James B. Pinker & Son.
Title: James B. Pinker & Son correspondence, ca. 1906-1934.
Date(s): 1906-1934.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for correspondence of the British literary agency firm of James B. Pinker & Sons.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2012M-82. Purchased with funds from the Amy Lowell Trust; received: 2012 October 18.

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Biographical / Historical

The literary agency firm of J. B. Pinker and Sons represented the cream of the British literary establishment, with clients including Joseph Conrad (who described him as the 'Pinker of Agents'), Henry James, H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Arnold Bennett, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley and James Joyce.
The collection provides insight into the workings of the Transatlantic publishing industry at its highest level in the early part of the twentieth century. Topics include: the sending of synopses of novels and stories, the correction of proofs, agreements, volume rights, serial rights, dramatic rights, foreign translation rights (Dutch, French, Spanish, German, 'Portuguese for sale in Brazil'), cinema rights ('Moving Picture Rights'), copyrights and royalties, tax affairs, offers, receipts, payments, commissions, and the sending of copies of foreign editions.


Arrangement is original and materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence with: E. Phillips Oppenheim; American literary agents; American publishers; authors; British publishers; foreign publishers; and internal business correspondence.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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