Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Serendipity Books mss., ca. 1960-2010, consist of invoices, orders, paid bills, and other miscellaneous financial papers, including cash receipt books, ledgers, and yearly financial statements for the bookselling firm, Serendipity Books, Inc., of Berkeley, California. The collection also contains personal materials of Peter Howard, proprietor of Serendipity Books, and includes correspondence, photographs, printed ephemera, and a photo portfolio and text pertaining to the limited-edition book Martin Stone, Bookscout, written by Howard.

The collection is arranged into the following series: I. Invoices; II. Orders, Paid Bills; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Additions.

Correspondents include: Carter Burden, Tom Farber, Amanda Green, Jon Paul Henry, Abram Hoffer, William Martin Hoffer, Esme Howard, Ian Jackson, Cris Mcmann, Phyllis Mcmann, Larry McMurtry, Richard Newsome, Katherine Spelman, Ralph Segura, J. D. Salinger, Martin Stone.

An inventory and a finding aid are available.

Acquired: 1986, 1996, 2002, 2010, 2011

Collection size: 25,650 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.