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Printing and Publishing

American Journal of Theology. Records

The American Journal of Theology was established in January 1897 and was edited by the faculty of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. The collection consists of outgoing business correspondence of the American Journal of Theology, and of a book of minutes of the editorial board, which was transferred to this collection from the Divinity School Correspondence.

Austen, Jake. Zine Collection

Zines collected by Jake Austen, founder of Roctober Magazine. The zines were collected in Chicago at fairs and other events, and by mail from around the country, often in trade for issues of Roctober.

Bewick, Thomas. Wood Blocks

The original wood blocks used for the following prints from the Memorial Edition of Thomas Bewick's Works. Vol.1: p. xxxi-xxxv. Vol.2: p. 2, 14, 113, 123, 124, 146, 251, and 324. Vol. 3: p. 222, 281, 394 and 459. Vol. 4: p. 199. Vol. 5: p. 347. The printed work can be found in the Special Collections Research Center under the call number: QL3.B57 Rare.

British Romance Novelettes and Popular Paperbacks. Collection

This collection contains 208 British romance novelettes and popular paperbacks from the mid-20th century, the majority published by William Stevens Ltd. Most novelettes contain advertisements throughout aimed at female readers.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Records

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, journal of nuclear energy and security news. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Records consist of material relating to the organization's two purposes of exploring, clarifying, and formulating the opinion and responsibilities of scientists in regard to the problems brought about by the release of nuclear energy as well as educating the public to a full understanding of the scientific, technological and social problems arising from the release of nuclear energy. The collection includes newspaper clippings, press releases, periodicals, correspondence, editorial materials, manuscripts, and other related materials.

Chicago Review. Records

The Chicago Review is a student-run journal founded at the University of Chicago in 1946 which features poetry, fiction, short stories, plays, translations, essays, memoirs, commentaries, interviews, book reviews, criticism, photographs, and artwork. The Chicago Review Records documents the administrative aspect of the journal and contain correspondence, manuscripts, drafts and proofs, artwork, mailing lists, articles, invoices, orders and subscriptions, administrative material, and event ephemera.

Chicago Zine Collection

Zines created in the city of Chicago.

Current Anthropology. Records

Current Anthropology began publication in January 1960 under editor Sol Tax. It is published by the University of Chicago Press and funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. It is one of the few journals that publishes articles encompassing all the subdisciplines of anthropology. The 144.5 linear feet of records of the Current Anthropology contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes, subscriptions, financial records, production notes, published manuscripts, and associates' reply letters. A large portion of the collection is composed of records of the journal’s associates, either private or institutional. The rest of the collection consists of correspondence with associates, printers, and foundations; records of Associate’s Reply Letters; page-proofs and production notes for journal issues; and office records of finances, mailings, and personnel.

Der Monat. Records

The records of Der Monat comprise correspondence files, reports, and papers of the American editor Melvin J. Lasky. Der Monat, a German-language political and cultural journal, first appeared in Germany in October, 1948. The purpose of the publication was to serve as a weapon against communism and fascism and to be a voice for western ideals. After six years of U.S. government sponsorship, Der Monat became a private journal, independently published by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Publizistik. The last issue appeared in 1971 after a long association with the International Association for Cultural Freedom.

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., Board of Editors. Records

The Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., Board of Editors Records consists of minutes from of board meetings from 1949 to 1959. Also included are newspaper clippings, magazines, typescripts, and memoranda concerning the Encyclopaedia Britannica through 1968.

Extracts from Various Works on the Origin of Printing Made by S. Sotheby During His Researches for His Intended Work Thereon

Scrapbook of extracts copied in several hands, with notes, clippings, and printed pamphlets in English and French, related to the development of the printing press.

Flood Editions. Records

Flood Editions was founded by Michael O'Leary and Devin Johnston in 2001 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2003. Based in Chicago, it is an independent press with the goal "to become one of the premier American publishers of new writing." The Flood Editions Records contain drafts, manuscripts, proofs, designs, cover art, artwork, reviews, announcements, correspondence, and photographs.

Hooper, Frances. Papers

Frances Hooper (1892-1986) was a journalist and advertising executive. She was founder and president of the Frances Hooper Advertising Agency. Hooper was also an author and avid collector of books and art. Correspondence, books, photographs, and notes in the collection reflect Hooper's personal life between the 1920s and 1970s. Correspondence, memorandum, records, layouts, and mockups describe the professional work of Frances Hooper, Inc., between the 1940s and 1970s. The major accounts of Frances Hooper Inc. included the Wrigley Company, the related Good Teeth Council for Children, and the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.

International Association for Cultural Freedom. Records

This collection contains the records of the Congress for Cultural Freedom and the International Association for Cultural Freedom. It comprises correspondence, reports, manuscripts, photographs, publications, recordings and clippings. It also includes the records of the Congress for Cultural Freedom affiliated Latin American Institute of International Relations and the Congress for Cultural Freedom Affiliated funded magazine Preuves. The collection dates from 1941-1978, with the bulk of the material dating from 1950-1972.

Journal of Religion. Records

The Journal of Religion Records consist of correspondence from the editorial offices of the Journal of Religion and its two predecessors, The Biblical World and the American Journal of Theology. The correspondence concerns articles and book reviews submitted, subscriptions, budgets and financial matters, and printing arrangements with the University of Chicago Press.

LVNG. Records

LVNG, a free journal featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and art. The LVNG Records contain poetry and short story submissions, correspondence, mock-ups, galley proofs, photographs, visual designs, event posters, supplements and pvlmonar, and newspaper articles. These records document the literary and business aspect of LVNG, its editors, and contributors.

Latimer, Ronald Lane. Papers

Ronald Lane Latimer, editor and publisher of modern poetry. The papers contain correspondence from authors including: EE. Cummings, Ford Madox Ford, John Peale Bishop, Erskine Caldwell, Archibald MacLeish, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, Robert Penn Warren, William Carlos Williams and particularly Wallace Stevens.

Modern Poetry Little Magazine Collection

This collection contains one or several issues of 374 different prose and poetry publications. Many of the publications were discontinued after only a few issues. Most are dated between 1915 and 1945, and concern such topics as politics, social commentary, and art. Most of the publications originated in the United States, but several were produced in Europe or Latin America and are printed in French, German or Italian.

Monroe, Harriet. Papers

Harriet Monroe (1860-1936), poet and editor and founder of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. Contains correspondence; manuscripts; diaries; legal documents; memorabilia, photographs; and news clippings documenting Monroe’s life and career. Correspondents include Jane Addams, Daniel French, Herbert Adams, Carter Harrison, Maude Elliott, Minnie Maddern Fiske, Eugene Field, E.C. Stedman, Louis Sullivan, Rebecca West, William Allen White, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Charles Zueblin, and William Vaughn Moody.

Morton, Charles, Agency. Collection of American Popular Drama

The collection holds theatrical plays of the late 19th early 20th centuries, film screenplays from the Depression and New Deal periods, as well as television scripts from the 1950s. The majority of the plays were written, copyrighted, or possibly produced by Charles Morton and his agency.

Native American Educational Services Press. Records

This collection contains manuscripts and proofs of publications of the NAES College Press. The collection forms part of the archives of Native American Educational Services, and is particularly strong in materials related to Sol Tax and Robert Thomas.

Offen, Ron. Papers

Ron Offen (1930-2010), editor, poet, and librarian. The Ron Offen Papers contain drafts, manuscripts, proofs, book reviews, publications, biographical material, correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, videocassettes, legal documents, playbills, college course evaluations, and interviews. The papers document Offen's literary and editorial career, primarily his role as editor of the journal Free Lunch: A Poetry Miscellany.

Poetry: A Magazine of Verse. Records

Poetry: A Magazine of Verse was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1912 by Harriet Monroe. The collection contains the administrative records of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse from its founding in 1912 to 1961, and documents not only the history of the magazine, but also the development of English-language verse in the first half of the twentieth century. The administrative files include correspondence, poetry, articles and reviews sent to and compiled by each editor of the magazine. Also included are a smaller number of business and editorial files, containing financial and fund raising records, literary prizes, author biographies, clippings and other items documenting the operation of the magazine.

Popular Literature. Collection

A collection of approximately 2,000 paperback novels and science fiction magazines. It represents many of the major paperback publishers of the 20th century, including Bantam, Popular Library, Permabooks, Ace, and Dell. It covers a wide variety of subject matter, including the classic paperback genres (literature, romance, mystery, and science fiction).

Primavera. Records

This collection contains records, correspondence, submissions, marketing materials, proofs, layouts, and published volumes of the literary magazine, Primavera, dating from 1975 to 2006. Founded in 1975, Primavera was originally associated with the University of Chicago's Feminist Organization. The magazine eventually disassociated from the organization and then from the University, but continued to publish "fiction and poetry that reflect the experiences of women," operating under the auspices of Moveable Type, Inc. and funded through subscriptions and grants.

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. Archive

Founded in Chicago in 1864 by Canadian immigrant Richard Robert Donnelley, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company is a leading global provider of printing and print-related services. The archive contains business records, product samples and promotional material, biographical files and personal papers, historical writings and oral histories, artifacts, and thousands of documentary photographs. While the material in this collection is concentrated in the twentieth century, the content of the archive spans over 140 years of RR Donnelley's development, and contextualizes the company within both the history of printing and the history of Chicago.

Seven Woods Press. Records

The Seven Woods Press was founded by George Koppelman in 1972. The Seven Woods Press Records document aspects of the publisher from beginning to end of operation, including financial, production and distribution records, advertising and promotional material, correspondence, manuscripts, reviews, magazines, newspapers, and photographs. It also includes material from other poetry and publication businesses.

Stewart, Donald E. Papers

Donald Edwin Stewart (1927-2005) managing editor at Encyclopædia Britannica. The collection contains letters, memos, photographs, publications, and news clippings pertaining to Encyclopædia Britannica and its staff, from 1923 to 2001

Sutherland, Zena Bailey. Papers

Zena Bailey Sutherland (1915-2002) (AB 1937, AM 1958 University of Chicago) was associated with the University of Chicago Graduate Library School throughout her career as faculty and as editor and reviewer for the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books from 1958 to 1985. Over the course of her career, she reviewed more than 30,000 children's books, for the Bulletin and as children's book editor for the Saturday Review and the Chicago Tribune. She authored six editions of the classic text Children and Books The Sutherland Papers consist of materials from work in the Graduate Library School, papers regarding her service on the Newbery, Caldecott, and other children's literature award committees, speeches and writings, biographical materials, and correspondence related to her professional work at the University and as editor and author for children's literature.

The Printed Book: The Materials and Features of a Printed Book

This work illustrates the art of bookmaking. Each page contains samples from bookmaking, including book plates, printing inks, types, etchings, etc. The exhibition was created by John Cotton Dana in Newark, New Jersey, June 1909.

Thorn, Edmund, A General History of Printing Wherein is Shewn the Origin of that Noble Art

Manuscript on the history of printing, in two parts. Part I: Essay on the history of printing, with reference to John Guttenberg, Peter Schoeffer, William Caxton, and other printers. Part II: Holograph list, "Prices of Work together with Methods for casting off Copy in the Printing Trade. Chiefly extracted from the noted Mr. Lowry who began to collect in the year 1671. Whose Manuscript Papers are now in the Hands of the Transcriber. To which is added An Account of the Prices of Work Since the Year 1728."

University of Chicago Press. Records

The Records of the University of Chicago Press contain correspondence, minutes and other administrative material dating from 1892-1965. The largest part of the collection consists of files on books published by the Press during these years.

Verse. Records

The Verse Records were processed and preserved as part of the "Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project," funded with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Willis, Alfred. Collection of African-American Popular Fiction

A collection of over 1300 paperback volumes of African-American popular fiction, chiefly romance novels. The collection was formed by Alfred Willis, a 1986 graduate of the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago.