Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America

Archives related to: Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008

titleRecords. Series II., Alfred A. Knopf Personal, 1874-1984 (bulk 1953-1984).
repositoryUniversity of Texas, Austin
collection titleForms part of:
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. See collection record, TXRC96-A3 for more information.

Organized in four subseries:
Personal Correspondence, 1895-1984 (bulk 1950-1980), 62 boxes; Office/Subject Files, 1894-1979 (bulk 1940-1965), 32 boxes; Purchase Files, 1876-1985 (bulk 1945-1975), 78 boxes; Other Subjects and Interests, 1874-1985 (bulk 1945-1975), 12 boxes.

This series consists of Alfred A. Knopf's personal files and papers, which were maintained at his office in New York City and at his home at Purchase, New York. Sent to the Ransom Center over a period of years, the arrangement has been recreated from Knopf's personal file system.

Generally, the first two subseries consist of correspondence and subject files from Knopf's office, while the Purchase files were kept at his home and used for his memoirs. The last subseries consists of materials sent to the Ransom Center that were not originally present in either his office or home file systems.

Consisting largely of correspondence, generally an original letter with a blue carbon of Knopf's response, the series also includes manuscript drafts, clippings, photographs, minutes, memoranda, diaries, programs, artwork, menus, awards, account books, slides, and other printed materials.

Bio/History:
American publishing house founded by Alfred A. Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf.

Location
Harry Ransom Center Archival Materials (Literary Manuscripts)

Call No.
HRC-MS Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Series II.

extent185 boxes (77 linear feet).
formatsCorrespondence Subject Files Ephemera Diaries Photographs
accessOpen for research.
record sourcehttp://catalog.lib.utexas.edu
finding aidUnpublished finding aid and extensive correspondents index available in the repository.
acquisition informationGifts, 1963-1996.
updated09/12/2019 15:29:52
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titleSeries V., Editor Files, 1873-1984 Records. (bulk 1960-1980).
repositoryUniversity of Texas, Austin
collection titleForms part of:
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. See collection record, TXRC96-A3 for more information.

This series contains the working files of seventeen Knopf editors.

The files consist largely of correspondence, with both incoming correspondence and carbon copy responses from the editor, but they also contain internal forms and memoranda that follow both the internal and external processes of book publication.

Long-term strengths of the firm such as the expertise and interests of the editors, and the relationship between author and editor, are clearly revealed in this series.

The files of William Koshland differ markedly from other editors' files, reflecting his role as administrator more than hands-on editor.

Bio/History:
American publishing house founded by Alfred A. Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf.

Location
Harry Ransom Center Archival Materials (Literary Manuscripts)

Call No.
HRC-MS Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Series V.
extent198 boxes (82.5 linear feet).
formatsCorrespondence Ephemera Subject Files
accessOpen for research.
record sourcehttp://catalog.lib.utexas.edu
finding aidUnpublished finding aid and extensive correspondents index available in the repository.
acquisition informationGifts, 1963-1996.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:09
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