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   James O. Brown Associates Records 1927-1992.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); James O. Brown Associates Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079748 View CLIO record
Creator(s):James O. Brown Associates.
Title:James O. Brown Associates Records 1927-1992.
Physical description:231 linear ft. (ca. 210,000 items in 456 boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-446, and volumes from the James Oliver Brown library. 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. Lonnie Coleman materials (cataloged manuscripts & Boxes 77-79) may not be used without the written permission of Curtis Brown Ltd., 10 Astor Place, NY NY 10003.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged (Boxes C1-C48); remainder arranged: Authors, A-Z - Boxes 1-394; Agents, publishers, & subjects - Boxes 395-413; J.O. Brown, personal - Box 414; Contracts - Boxes 415-420; Financial records - Boxes 421-446.

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Description

Scope and Content

The files of the literary agency include correspondence with authors, publishers, and other agents and deal with editing and publishing, serial rights, reprints, dramatic rights, translations and foreign rights, promotion, copyright registration, contracts, royalty statements, tax statements, and other financial materials, and the personal affairs of many clients. Among the cataloged correspondents are: Louis S. Auchincloss, Erskine Caldwell, Herbert Gold, Alberto Moravia, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rebecca West.

1985 ADDITION: 90 personal letters relating to Brown's illness & retirement have been added.

1987 ADDITION: James Oliver Brown donated selected volumes from his library, including 92 books inscribed to him by the authors, his clients. A shelflist of these uncataloged books is available. Other similarly inscribed books, mostly by Louis Auchincloss, have been cataloged & added to the Rare Book Collection.

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-446, and volumes from the James Oliver Brown library. 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

Lonnie Coleman materials (cataloged manuscripts & Boxes 77-79) may not be used without the written permission of Curtis Brown Ltd., 10 Astor Place, NY NY 10003.

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); James O. Brown Associates 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

Records Entered in AMC 10/21/1991 HR

H. Gold letter Cataloged 10/17/1991 HR

2 letters from Herbert Gold Cataloged 12/20/1991 HR

5 letters Processed 06/11/1992 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2012-11-02 XML document instance created 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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Genre/Form

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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Account books.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bank statements.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bankruptcy proceedings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bills.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Card files.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Check stubs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Contracts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lists.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Memoranda.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tax returns.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
American literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Auchincloss, Louis.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors and publishers--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Books--Translations.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brown, James Oliver, 1909-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buck, Frank, 1884-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Burgess, Gelett, 1866-1951.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bye, George T.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carr, John Dickson, 1906-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Coleman, Lonnie, 1920-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Copyright.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Costain, Thomas Bertram, 1885-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Curtis Brown, Ltd.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Durant, Will, 1885-1981.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
English literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Freeling, Nicolas.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
George T. Bye & Company.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gilbert, Michael Francis, 1912-2006.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gold, Herbert, 1924-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
John Cushman Associates.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lieber, Maxim.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Liebling, A. J. (Abbott Joseph), 1904-1963.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literary agents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literature publishing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lockridge, Richard, 1898-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Malleson, Lucy Beatrice, 1899-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mitford, Jessica, 1917-1996.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moravia, Alberto, 1907-1990.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Novelists, American--20th century--Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Novelists, English--20th century--Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Parrott, Ursula, 1899-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Powys, Llewelyn, 1874-1955.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Purdy, James.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Renault, Mary.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Saturday evening post.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sothern, E. H. (Edward Hugh), 1859-1933.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stafford, Jean, 1915-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Swados, Harvey.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Terhune, Albert Payson, 1877-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Translations.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
West, Rebecca, 1892-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilson, Angus.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilson, Sloan, 1920-2003.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Literary agency in New York City. Organized in 1949 as the successor firm to George T. Bye & Company, James Oliver Brown later absorbed the agencies of Maxim Lieber (1951), John Cushman Associates (1978), and others. James Brown Associates merged with Curtis Brown, Ltd. in 1981.

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