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   Publishers Weekly: Reference Files, 1909-2007.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Publishers Weekly: Reference Files; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains of Publishers Weekly’s reference files on publishing houses. Most of the records consist of clippings from Publishers Weekly , but the files also include clippings from other sources, as well as advertisements, annual reports, brochures, catalogs, commemoratives, correspondence, histories, legal records, obituaries, programs, prospectuses, and survey responses.

At a Glance

Bib ID:6570018 View CLIO record
Title:Publishers Weekly: Reference Files, 1909-2007.
Physical description:35.28 linear feet (84 manuscript boxes).
Language(s):In English
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 »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into one series, and filed alphabetically by corporate name.

There are some areas of inconsistency in the filing of publishing houses that have gone through name changes, mergers, or buyouts. These records may be found under the company's most recent name, but may also be filed separately under the names of all of the individual publishing houses. The files often contain cross-references for affiliated publishing houses.

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Description

Scope and Content

This collection contains of Publishers Weekly's reference files on publishing houses. Most of the records consist of clippings from Publishers Weekly, but the files also include clippings from other sources, as well as advertisements, annual reports, brochures, catalogs, commemoratives, correspondence, histories, legal records, obituaries, programs, prospectuses, and survey responses.

Series I: Reference Files, 1909-2007

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Using the Collection

Offsite

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. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts & University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Publishers Weekly: Reference Files; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Finding aid in repository; folder level control.

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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

This collection was processed by Catherine N. Carson.

Finding aid written by Catherine N. Carson in April 2008.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion December 30, 2008 Finding aid written in English.
    2008-12-30 File created.
    2009-01-13 xml document instange created by Patrick Lawlor
    2009-05-11 xml document instance edited by Catherine N. Carson

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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

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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ClippingsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
HistoriesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
ObituariesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PeriodicalsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Booksellers and bookselling.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing--United States--Periodicals.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers' weekly.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

Publishers Weekly (also known as PW since 2005) was founded in 1872 as The Publishers' Weekly . It is the oldest journal dedicated to the book industry. Originally, the publication served as a catalog for publishers to provide information on new titles to booksellers in a cost-effective way. Over time, the publication expanded to include articles, features, and other items. Book reviews, which have become a major part of the publication, were not added until the 1940s.

Publishers Weekly was founded by R.R. Bowker, which owned and published Publishers Weekly until the company was purchased by Reed Publishing in 1985. Reed Publishing then placed Publishers Weekly under the management of Cahners Publishing Company. Reed Publishing subsequently merged with Elsevier to become Reed Elsevier in 1993. Reed Elsevier maintained ownership of the publication until 2011 when ownership passed to PWxyz, LLC which currently manages the publication.

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