Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Appleton-Century mss., 1846-1962, are office files of that publishing company, its two predecessors, D. Appleton & Co., and the Century Co., and to a small extent its successor, Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc.

D. Appleton & Co. was founded in 1825 by Daniel Appleton who in that year opened a general store which featured books among other things. In 1831 he began to publish books. In 1933 this company merged with the Century Co., founded in 1881, to form the D. Appleton-Century Co. A consolidation of this company with the F.S. Crofts Co., founded in 1924, was effected in 1948 under the name Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. In 1960 this firm was bought by the Meredith Publishing Co., but the name was not changed.

The papers in the collection consist of contracts with authors for the publication of their works, and for dramatizations, motion picture rights, foreign editions, and translations of books published by the firm; business correspondence with authors, executors of their estates, publishers and others; royalty statements, copies of the wills of some of the authors; and other business papers.

The collection also contains a letter from Ulysses Simpson Grant to J.H. Work, December 22, 1881; corrected galley proof of Bess Streeter Aldrich's "A lantern in her hand," and "Miss Bishop;" galley and page proofs of Edith Wharton's "Age of innocence," and "A backward glance;" photographs of Gertrude Atherton (framed), and Harold Bell Wright; and printed promotional material (both unbound and mounted in 7 scrapbooks) for Harold Bell Wright's books.

The collection is filed under the names of authors and illustrators published by the companies. Included are George Ade, Bess Streeter Aldrich, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, James Lane Allen, John Jacob Astor, Mrs. Gertrude Franklin (Horn) Atherton, Adam Badeau, George Bancroft, Ralph Henry Barbour, Clara Harlowe Barton, Hilaire Belloc, Arnold Bennett, John Bennett, Thomas Hart Benton, Sarah Bernhardt, Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Heywood Campbell Broun, William Cullen Bryant, Mrs. Frances Eliza (Hodgson) Burnett, Hezekiah Butterworth, Donn Byrne, Sir Hall Caine, Robert William Chambers, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Grover Cleveland, Jean Cocteau, Joseph Conrad, John Esten Cooke, James Fenimore Cooper, Palmer Cox, Stephen Crane, August William Derleth, Babette Deutsch, Thomas Dixon, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Theodore Dreiser, Edna Ferber, Camille Flammarion, Maurice Fleury, comte, Henry Blake Fuller, Zona Gale, Hamlin Garland, Henry George, Alfred Charles Gissing, Maksim Gorkii, U.S. Grant, David Gray, Edward Everett Hale, Fitz Green Halleck, Joel Chandler Harris, Anthony Hope Hawkins, John Milton Hay, Archibald Henderson, George Alfred Henty, Henry William Herbert, Oliver Herford, Richard Pearson Hobson, Emerson Hough, William Dean Howells, Thomas Henry Huxley, Joseph Eggleston Johnston, Helen Adams Keller, Edward Windsor Kemble, Alexander F. Kerenskii, Rudyard Kipling, William Edward Hartpole Lecky, Fitzhugh Lee, Joseph Crosby Lincoln, Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, Jack London, Sir Compton Mackenzie, William McKinley, James Alexander McLellan, Alfred T. Mahan, Don Marquis, Edgar Lee Masters, Brander Matthews, Andre Maurois, Leonard Merrick, Silas Weir Mitchell, George Moore, Christopher Morley, John Muir, John George Nicolay, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, Lloyd Osbourne, Sir Gilbert Parker, Robert Edwin Peary, Matthew Galbraith Perry, David Dixon Porter, Emily Post, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, John Reed, Erich Maria Remarque, Alice Caldwell (Hegan) Rice, James Whitcomb Riley, Theodore Roosevelt, Josiah Royce, Michael Sadleir, Albert Santos-Dumont, Winfield Scott Schley, Ernest Thompson Seton, Frederick William Seward, William Henry Seward, William Tecumseh Sherman, Lydia Howard (Huntley) Sigourney, Upton Beall Sinclair, Herbert Spencer, Ephraim George Squier, Robert Louis Stevenson, Frank Richard Stockton, Bram Stoker, Philip Duffield Stong, Ruth (McEnery) Stuart, Booth Tarkington, Bayard Taylor, James Maurice Thompson, Margaret Georgina Todd, Horace Traubel, Jesse William Weik, Herbert George Wells, Rebecca West, Edward Noyes Westcott, Edith Newbold (Jones) Wharton, Walt Whitman, Harold Bell Wright, Avarhn Yarmolinsky, Stark Young, and Israel Zangwill. An inventory and finding aid are available.

Purchase. 1963, 1964

Collection size: 6,249 items

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