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   Watkins Loomis Records, 1883-2007

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Watkins Loomis Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079449 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Watkins Loomis, Inc.
Title:Watkins Loomis Records, 1883-2007
Physical description:410 boxes, 42 v., 27 card file drawers
Language(s):In English
Access: The files of Peter DeVries and Glendon Swartwout are CLOSED until one year after each author's death except with the written permission of the current presiding officer of Watkins Loomis, Inc. The following boxes are located on-site: Series I-Series II (boxes 1-11) and flat boxes 350-357. The following boxes are located off-site: Series III-Series VIII (boxes 1-207); Series IX-Series XI (boxes 1-69); Series XII-Series XIII (boxes 277-397). You will need to request the off-site material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 13 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, memoranda, contracts, and other legal documents, account books, royalty statements and other financial records, photographs, printed materials, and card files of the Watkins Loomis, Inc. literary agency. The papers deal with editorial, financial, and legal aspects of publishing, magazine, theatrical and film rights, and all other personal and professional activities of their American and English clients. Among these clients have been Michael Arlen, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, Carson McCullers, Ezra Pound, Ayn Rand, Dorothy Sayers, Gertrude Stein, and Dylan Thomas.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Cataloged Manuscripts, Contracts etc.

Series III: Uncataloged Correspondence

Series IV: Uncataloged Manuscripts, Xerox Copies and Printed Copies

Series V: Uncataloged Contracts and Miscellaneous Documents

Series VI: Financial

Account books; ledgers, cash disbursements, cash receipts; payroll; journal; trial balances; commissions; petty cash, etc.

Series VII: Old Royalty Statements

Series VIII: Card Files

Series IX: Arranged Correspondence

The firm changed its name from A. Watkins to Watkins Loomis In 1980. We have, therefore, reflected this change in our finding aids and RLIN records; however, most of the boxes In the collection retain the name A. Watkins on their lables

Series X: Arranged Manuscripts

The arranged manuscript section consists of photocopies of Seth Morgan's Homeboy as well as photocopies of an unlinised and unpublished (due to Morgan's death) manuscrpt tentatively titled Mardi Gras. There are two sets divided into boxes as follows:

Series XI: Arranged Documents

Series XII: Author Files, 1988-2007

Series XIII: Contracts

Series XIV: Archived Website

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

The files of Peter DeVries and Glendon Swartwout are CLOSED until one year after each author's death except with the written permission of the current presiding officer of Watkins Loomis, Inc.

The following boxes are located on-site: Series I-Series II (boxes 1-11) and flat boxes 350-357.

 The following boxes are located off-site: Series III-Series VIII (boxes 1-207); Series IX-Series XI (boxes 1-69); Series XII-Series XIII (boxes 277-397). You will need to request the off-site material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days 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

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); Watkins Loomis Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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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

Cataloged 09/--/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-04-02 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
    2013-02-14 xml document instance created by Adrien Hilton
    2017-03-30 Archived Website series added by Jane Gorjevsky

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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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Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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A. Watkins, Inc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Arlen, Michael, 1895-1956.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, American.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, English.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Burlingame, Angeline Whiton Watkins Davis, 1885-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Copyright.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
English literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literary agents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literature publishing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rand, Ayn.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sayers, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Watkins, Ann, 1885-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Watkins, Armitage, 1906-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women authors, English.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women in the book industries and trade.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Literary agency. Ann Watkins (Angeline Whiton Watkins Davis Burlingame) 1885-1967) became a literary agent in 1910 and retired in 1957. Her son, Armitage Watkins (b. 1906), continues to operate the agency. In 1980 the agency changed its name from A. Watkins to Watkins Loomis.

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