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   Marlboro Press records, 1932-2001 [Bulk Dates: 1982-2000]

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Marlboro Press records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information


The Marlboro Press Records contain the administrative, financial, and working files of the Marlboro Press, a small publisher of European works in translation between 1982 and the mid 1990s, when it merged with Northwestern University Press.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1648
Bib ID:10454443 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Marlboro Press.
Title:Marlboro Press records, 1932-2001 [Bulk Dates: 1982-2000]
Physical description:18.5 linear ft. (15 record storage cartons).
Language(s):English , French , Spanish , and Italian .
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »



The material is arranged in three series.

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Scope and Content

Spanning the entire life of the Marlboro Press, the collection documents the Press' financial and administrative activities, as well as its correspondence with writers and translators. This includes catalogues of the Press' titles, sales records, contracts with authors and translators, invoices, grant applications, correspondence with business associates and distributors, galleys, proofs, page layouts, reports on prospective titles, royalty records, customer lists, and inventory reports. In addition to correspondence with translators and writers, the collection contains manuscripts of translations, galleys, and reviews, as well as books printed by Marlboro and manuscripts on computer disks.

Series I: Financial and Administrative Files, 1970-2001

Series I consists of the administrative and financial records of the Marlboro Press, including sales reports, catalogues, business correspondence, contracts with translators, inventory reports, business forms, grant applications, bank statements, mailing lists, receipts from purchases, distribution records, and records of Marlboro Press’ interactions with Northwestern University Press, with which the Marlboro Press merged in the mid-90s.

Series II: Alphabetical Files, 1932-2001

Organized alphabetically by author and project, Series II consists of general files relating to either proposed or completed translation and publishing projects, including correspondence with writers and translators, edited manuscripts, galleys, page proofs, correspondence with subscribers to the press’ catalogue, photocopied texts, un-translated texts, and computer disks containing manuscripts.

Series III: Printed Matter, 2001

Series III consists of works printed by the Marlboro Press.

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Marlboro Press records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Finding aid in repository and online.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed by Alexander Rocca (GSAS) August, 2013. Additional reviews, royalty records, and computer disks processed by Catherine C. Ricciardi in August, 2014.

Finding aid written by Alexander Rocca (GSAS) August, 2013.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion September 10, 2013 Finding aid written in English. Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    2013-09-10 File created.
    2013-09-12 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi
    2014-08-13 XML document instance updated by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Authors and PublishersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Calaferte, LouisPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Camon, FerdinandoPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
David, LydiaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
European Fiction--19th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
European Fiction--20th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
French language--Translating into EnglishPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
German language--Translating into EnglishPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Italian language--Translating into EnglishPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literature PublishingPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Malpede, KarenPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Marlboro PressPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nonprofit organizationsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Prose, poetry, journalism, memoirs of World War IIPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rigoni Stern, MarioPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scholarly PublishingPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Spanish language--Translating into EnglishPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wainhouse, AustrynPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The Marlboro Press was a small publishing house founded in 1982 by writer and translator Austryn Wainhouse in Marlboro, Vermont. Committed to translating and publishing little-known or little-remembered works of European fiction and non-fiction, the press developed a catalogue of titles that included works by authors such as Curzio Malaparte, Robert Antelme, Joseph Conrad, Fernando Camon, Mario Rigoni Stern, Karen Malpede, Louis Calaferte, Emmanuel Bove, and Pierre Jean Jouve. With the help of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Press both commissioned translations and published others, including several works by the well-known translator Lydia Davis. In the 1990s, the Press was folded into the Northwestern University Press, which continued to distribute its catalogue of titles after Austryn Wainhouse retired in 2001.

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