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Gift No. 10636

Gift No. 11186

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. William A. Koshland Files:

A Preliminary Inventory of Its Records at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Title: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., William A. Koshland Files
Dates: 1921-1996
Abstract: This additional material for the Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. archive contains files from the office of William A. Koshland who joined the Knopf firm in 1934. He was president of Knopf from 1966, chairman in 1973, and chairman emeritus until his death in 1997. The bulk of the material is comprised of correspondence with authors and Knopf firm business.
RLIN Record #: None
Extent: 39 boxes (16 linear feet)
Language: Material in English.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

This additional material for the Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. archive contains files from the office of William A. Koshland who joined the Knopf firm in 1934. He was president of Knopf from 1966, chairman in 1973, and chairman emeritus until his death in 1997. The files were received in two accretions, one from Koshland in 1996 (Gift No. 10636, 6 boxes); and a second, larger shipment from the firm in 1998, after his death (Gift No. 11186, 32 boxes). The accretions are listed separately and original order has been retained. Because Koshland did not maintain a traditional filing system, preferring instead to have files at ready reach, some anomalies exist. For example, date spans often overlap, especially in the general correspondence where multiple alphabetical sequences exist for similar time periods.

The material in the first sequence (Gift no. 10636, Boxes 1-6) comprises author files for Raymond Chandler, Edward Craig, Langston Hughes, Helen Lowe-Porter, Thomas Mann, H. L. Mencken, Wallace Stevens, and B. Traven. These files date as early as 1921 and reflect the evolving relationship between the authors and the firm's members including Alfred and Blanche Knopf, as well as editors such as Jill Cutler, Herbert Weinstock, and others.

All the author files contain significant author correspondence with the exception of H. L. Mencken. The Mencken files are primarily concerned with his estate and dealings with the Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Company.

The Thomas Mann correspondence is particularly lengthy and includes letters to and from Mann's wife Katia. There is a long run of letters between Mann and Alfred Knopf from 1925-1955. One folder in particular " Mann Special" contains a photocopy of Katia Mann's letter to Alfred Knopf written shortly after Mann's death. Both Knopf and Koshland kept this letter in a separate folder in their files. This folder also contains a photograph of Katia and Thomas, taken the summer of 1955, the year Mann died. Additional Chandler, Mann, and Mencken materials are found in the Gift No. 11186 accession.

The second sequence of files (Gift no. 11186, Boxes 7-38), gathered from Koshland's office after his death, is arranged in three series: Series I. Correspondence, 1925-1996; Series II. Knopf Firm, 1932-1996; and Series III. Koshland Personal Papers, 1942-1996. The correspondence series comprises Subseries A. Editorial Files and Subseries B. General Correspondence. Authors represented in the editorial files include Elizabeth Bowen, Wallace Brockway, Willa Cather, Julia Child, Alistair Cooke, Miguel Covarrubias, Clarence Day, Kahlil Gibran, Learned Hand, John Hersey, Margaret Lane, D. H. Lawrence, Robert Nathan, Otto Rank, Jean-Paul Sartre, and John Updike. Correspondence to and from Alfred and Blanche Knopf is found throughout. As with the previous accession, a substantial amount of Thomas Mann files are present.

Subseries B. General Correspondence dates from 1960-1996 with four separate alphabetical runs from 1978-1985, reflecting Koshland's arrangement of his files. This literary correspondence typically includes letters to and from agents, publishers, universities, libraries, literary journals, and individual writers.

Series II. contains office and business correspondence pertaining to the running of the Knopf firm, including authors lists, Board of Directors minutes, contract data, copyright and royalty information, catalogues, employee files, and salary reports, as well as files on Alfred and Blanche Knopf.

Series III. Koshland Personal Papers includes files on his involvement with various literary and cultural entities, addresses, correspondence, and details of trips taken from 1961-1978. Of note is the exchange of correspondence between Koshland and the Knopfs during the war years, 1942-1945 wherein news of the war and activities at the firm were exchanged. Several letters from Alice B. Toklas can be found in Koshland's unsorted personal correspondence.

Dictabelts included with a folder "notes to self and Helen Lawkins, 1964" were transferred to the Sound Recordings Collection.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Index Terms

People
Bowen, Elizabeth, 1899-1973.
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959.
Child, Julia.
Cooke, Alistair, 1908-2004.
Covarrubias, Miguel, 1904-1957.
Gibran, Kahlil, 1883-1931.
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961.
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984.
Hersey, John, 1914-1993.
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984.
Knopf, Blanche W., 1894-1966.
Lowe-Porter, H. T. (Helen Tracy), 1876-1963.
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955.
Mann, Katia, 1883-1980.
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
Nathan, Robert, 1894-1985.
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955.
Traven, B.
Updike, John.
Document Types
Address books.
Autographs.
Contracts.
Minutes.
Typescripts.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gifts,1996 and 1998 (Gift nos. 10636 and 11186)

Processed by:

Hope Donovan Rider and Liz Murray, 2005

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Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., William A. Koshland Files--Folder List

 

Gift No. 10636

Series I. Author Files, 1921-1982
Chandler, Raymond
Box Folder
1 1 1938-1946
2 1946-1959
3-4 Craig, Edward, 1966-1969
Hughes, Langston
Box Folder
1 5 1925-1940
6 1945-1949
7 1950-1953
Lowe-Porter, Helen
Box Folder
2 1 1925-1937
2 1928-1941, set of photocopied correspondence
3 1938-1946
4 1947-1955
Mann, Thomas and Katia
Box Folder
2 5 1921-1936, includes Heinrich and Klaus Mann
6 1937-1941, includes Erika Mann
7-8 1945-1952
Box Folder
3 1 1953-1954
2 1953-1956, re "Mario the Musician" libretto and "Fiorenza" script
3-5 1955-1958
6 1961-1965; 1973-1980
Mann, Thomas and Alfred A. Knopf
Box Folder
3 7 1925-1933
8-9 1934-1938
Box Folder
4 1 1939-1942
2 1943-1946
3 1947-1950
4 1951-1955
Mann, Thomas, various files
Box Folder
4 5-7 Clippings and printed material, 1934-1975
Box Folder
5 1 Correspondence with others re Mann, 1934-1951
2 "Mann, Special"
3 Royal Highness, introduction, 1939 reissue
4 Testimonial dinner on fifty-ninth birthday, 1934
5 "The Woman of a Hundred Faces," preface by Jean Cocteau, typescript photocopy
Mencken, H. L., correspondence about
Box Folder
5 6 1949-1963
7 1956-1963, estate correspondence
8 1957-1958, Robert McHugh
9 1964-1966
10 1979-1982
11 Article from The Sun, Sunday Magazine, Jan. 24, 1960
Stevens, Wallace
Box Folder
5 12 1923; 1930-1936
13 1944-1946; 1950-1953, re Fortune Press
Box Folder
6 1 1947; 1949-1951
2 1952-1954
3 1955-1957
Traven, B.
Box Folder
6 4 1937-1958
5 1967-1982, correspondence re identity

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Gift No. 11186

Series I. Correspondence, 1925-1996
Subseries A. Editorial Files, 1925-1996
Box Folder
7 1 Austin, William W., correspondence, proposals, 1970-1974
2 Benkovitz, Miriam J., 1969
3 Bowen, Elizabeth, 1968-1973
Brockway, Wallace
Box Folder
7 4-6 1960-1973
The Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians
Box Folder
7 7-9 1961-1970
10-11 1967-1973
12 1972-1981, letters from contributors
Box Folder
8 1 Carpentier, Alejo, Reasons of State, 1974-1976
Cather, Willa
Box Folder
8 2 1976-1982
3 Contract data, 1925-1955
4-12 Cost ledgers to 1987, various works
13 Lindley, Lucia Woods, re A Lost Lady, 1995-1996
Box Folder
9 1 Chandler, Raymond, 1975-1978
Child, Julia
Box Folder
9 2-4 1966-1969
5 Beck, Brooks, 1967-1969
6 DeVoto, Avis, memoirs of Child; readers' reports, photocopies
7-9 Cooke, Alistair, contracts, royalties, etc., 1972-1985
Covarrubias, Miguel
Box Folder
9 10 "South America text"
Box Folder
10 1-2 South American art manuscript "C. Andes"
3 South American art
4 Craig, Minsa, 1986
5 Day, Clarence, "Proposal for Life/Letters, Feb. 1996," re A Life in Letters
6 De Onis, Harriet, personal, 1962-1969
7 De Voto, Mark, 1973-1990
8 Erval, François, 1967-1968
9 Fletcher, Richard, and Charles Jahant, re Mary Garden biography, 1973-1977
10-11 Friedell, Egon, 1940-1966
Gibran, Kahlil
Box Folder
11 1 "Old, 1962-1972"
2 1970-1972
3 1973-1990
Comité National de Gibran
Box Folder
11 4 1971-1972
5 1973, royalties, etc.
6 1973-1974, Frank Colucci
7 Copyright, 1970-1972
8 Gibran, Kahlil (cousin), 1969-1974
9 Otto, Annie Salem, 1965-1973
10 Time magazine article, readers' letters, 1965
Box Folder
12 1 Godden, Jon and Rumer, Two Under the Indian Sun, financial correspondence, 1968
2 Goldman, Eric, 1966-1970
3 Guimaraes Rosa, Joao, 1964-1979
4 Hammett, Dashiell and Lillian Hellman, 1972-1974
5 Hand, Learned, The Spirit of Liberty, reissue project, 1974
6 Heilbut, Anthony, book proposal
Hersey, John
Box Folder
12 7 The Algiers Motel Incident, 1968
8 The Writer's Craft, 1974
9 Hofstadter, Richard, royalty statements, 1970
10-11 Jonas, Klaus, 1971-1996
12 Kafka, Franz, Schocken Books, 1960-1974
13 Kinel, Lola, re translation of Milosz, 1964
14 Knoll, Robert E., re Weldon Kees, 1983
15 Lahr, John, Notes on a Cowardly Lion, permissions, 1969
16 Lane, Margaret, A Night at Sea, 1964
Box Folder
13 1-2 Lawrence, D. H., 1975-1983
3 Mann, Katia, Unwritten Memories, contract and correspondence, 1974-1975
4 Mann, Michael, re Katia Mann's Unwritten Memories, 1973-1975
Mann, Thomas
Box Folder
13 5 Angell, Joseph and Henry Hatfield, 1976-1983
6 Berlin, Jeffrey and Patricia Lowe, re Mann correspondence, 1990 and 1992
7 Brennan, Joseph, 1990-1996
8 Buddenbrooks, 1933-1968
9 Clippings, offprints
General correspondence
Box Folder
13 10 1965; 1975-1976, re letters and diaries
11-13 1971-1974
14 1977-1994
Box Folder
14 1-2 1980-1983
3 Hannam, Hunter, 1974-1975
4 Jens, Inge, re diaries, 1992-1994
5 Lowe-Porter, Helen, re translations, 1975
6 Mann family, 1972-1993
7-8 Mendelssohn, Peter de, 1980-1982
9 Motschan, Georges, 1989
10 Naef, Anita, re diaries, 1983-1986
11-12 Newton, Caroline, 1962-1969
13 Proposed essay collection, 1989
14 Rutgers University symposium, 1975
Mencken, H. L.
Box Folder
15 1 1967-1968, re Gretchen Hood letters
2 Rothman, John, "The Impossible H. L. Mencken," 1979
Shyre, Paul
Box Folder
15 3 "Blasts and Bravos," 1975
4 "An Unpleasant Evening with H. L. Mencken," 1970-1972
5 Miller, Edward, The History of Human Society
Moldenhauer, Hans, Webern biography
Box Folder
15 6 1974-1977, Victor Gollancz
7-9 1976-1979
Box Folder
16 1-2 1976-1979, con't.
3 Morante, Elsa, La Storia, 1974-1977
4 Nathan, George Jean and Julie Haydon Nathan, 1981-1990
Nathan, Robert
Box Folder
16 5 1956
6 1959-1960, The Weans, "photos and spoof stuff"
7-8 1971-1989
9 Nordenskiold, Erik, The History of Biology, 1959- 1966
10 Pierce, Bessie Louise, History of Chicago, 1975
11 Prescott, Peter, re AAK biography, 1988-1995
Box Folder
17 1 Rank, Otto, 1956-1969
2 Raphael, Chaim, 1976, 1994
Sartre, Jean-Paul, re translation of Critique de la Raison Dialectique
Box Folder
17 3 Allan, Anderson, and Halliday, 1972-1976
4 Black, Richard and Vanessa Clark, 1970-1975
5 "Outsiders," 1972-1974
6-7 Sheehan, Susan, re biography of AAK,1974-1975
8 Spaak, Paul-Henri and Jacob Blaustein, 1967-1969
9 Stevens, Holly (daughter of Wallace Stevens), 1971-1991
10 Undset Svarstad, Christianne, re Sigrid Undset, 1980- 1986
Updike, John
Box Folder
17 11-12 1960-1981
13 1968-1970, Couples, movie correspondence, contracts
Subseries B. General Correspondence, 1960-1996
Box Folder
18 1-2 1960-1994
3 1964-1966, "confidential letters/memos"
1966, congratulatory correspondence
Box Folder
18 4 Sr. Vice-President
President
Box Folder
18 5 A-D
6-7 E-L
8 M-R
9 S-W
Box Folder
19 1-2 1969-1994
3 1971-1991
4 1971-1995
5 1977-1996
1978-1983
Box Folder
19 6 A
7 B
8-9 C
Box Folder
20 1 D-E
2 F-G
3 H
4 J-K
5 L
6 M
7 N-P
8 R
9 S
10 T
11 U
12 V-W
1980s
Box Folder
21 1 A-B
2 C-D
3 E-G
4 H-J
5 K-L
6 M-O
7 P-S
8 T-W
1983-1984, general information requests
Box Folder
21 9 A-D
10 E-L
11 M
Box Folder
22 1 N-S
2 T-Z
1983-1985
Box Folder
22 3 B-F
4 G-K
5 L-M
6 N-R
7 S-Z
8 1990s
Series II. Knopf Firm, 1932-1996
Box Folder
22 9 AAK, Inc. credo, 1957, 1962
10 American Book Awards, 1982
Authors list
Box Folder
22 11 Aaron-Echegaray
12 Ede-Krutch
13 Kuby-Rippy
14 Roazen-Zuckerman
Box Folder
23 1-2 Bernstein, Robert L., reports, correspondence, misc., 1968-1971
Board of Directors, correspondence and minutes
Box Folder
23 3-5 1957-1959
6 1960-1961
7 1962-1964
8 1965-1966
9 1966-1968
10 1967-1973
11 Board of Directors annual meeting, president's report, memos, ca. 1970-1972
Box Folder
24 1 Borzoi books on music
2-3 Borzoi catalogues, 1961-1970
4 Borzoi Quarterly, including issue dedicated to Blanche Wolff Knopf, 1965-1966
5 Child, Julia, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, "British paperback selling in American market," correspondence, 1971-1972
Contract data, 1946-1967, bulk 1960s
Box Folder
24 6 A
7 Ba
8 Be
9 Bi-Bo
10 Br
11 Bu-By
Box Folder
25 1 C-Ce
2-3 Ch-Co
4 Cr-Cu
5 D
6 E
7 F
8 G-Go
9 Gr-Gu
10-11 H
Box Folder
26 1 I-J
2 K
3 L-Ll
4 Lo-Ly
5 M-McW
6 Me-Mi
7 Mo-My
8 N
9 O-Ph
10 Pi-Q
Box Folder
27 1 R
2 S-Sk
3 Sk-Sz
4 T
5 U-V
6 W
7 X-Z
Contract data, Vintage Books, 1950s-1960s
Box Folder
28 1 A-L
2 M-Z
3 Contracts pending, German, 1950
Copyright renewals
Box Folder
28 4 1944-1965
5 1965-1976
6 1977-1992
7 Crist, Clifford, Editor-in-chief, college textbooks, 1966
8 Editorial lists, ca. 1978
9* Employees retirement correspondence [*employee card file containing names, dates of employment, and salary, removed to Box 39]
10 Estates, correspondence, notes, 1984-1996
Expense reports, WAK
Box Folder
29 1-3 1966-1969
4 1976, London
5 Gottleib, Robert, Simon & Schuster contracts, correspondence, ca. 1968-1970
6 IMG information, for East European authors, correspondence, 1959-1960
7 Jacobs, Sidney, office correspondence, 1968
Knopf, Alfred A.
Box Folder
29 8 Articles re AAK, firm
9 Columbia College, Alexander Hamilton award dinner
10 Correspondence, "to file," various, 1976-1984
11 "A profile of Alfred A. Knopf," TV program transcript, 1965
12 60th birthday dinner
13-14 75th birthday dinner
Knopf, Blanche Wolff
Box Folder
30 1 Travel reports (photocopies), 1942-1948
2 Papers related to probated will, 1966
Knopf catalogues
Box Folder
30 3 1969-1972
4 1973-1975
5 1976-1978
6 1979-1981
7 1982-1986
8 1992
Box Folder
31 1 Knopf Cooks, thank you notes, 1972
2 Knopf deaths (Samuel, Blanche, Alfred), correspondence, 1932, 1966, 1984
3 Kolodin, Irving, AAK biography draft, photocopy
Koshland, William A.
Box Folder
31 4 Election to president, clippings, 1966
5 Notes to self and Helen Lawkins, 1964
6 Lesser, Joseph, office correspondence, 1963-1969
7 "Lists, special," Knopf books, award programs, 1970- 1971
8 Management, operations, notes and memos, 1967- 1972
9 McSweeney, John, office correspondence, 1969
10 New building, office memos re blueprints (copies), 1968-1969
11-12 Office communications, various, 1965-1968
13 Organization affairs, charts, ca. 1969
Box Folder
32 1 Pantheon and Knopf juvenile departments, salary and bonus correspondence, 1968-1969
2 Publisher's Lunch Club, 1966-1970
RCA
Box Folder
32 3-4 Incentive plan, 1966-1972
5 Miscellaneous
Random House
Box Folder
32 6 Merger negotiations
7 Miscellaneous, 1960-1972
8 Stock/acquisition correspondence, contracts ca. 1960-1961
Ransom Center
Box Folder
32 9 1970-1987
10 1989-1994
11-12 1995, re exhibit
13 Raskin, Jacob, business correspondence, 1961-1965
Box Folder
33 1-2 Royalty statements, correspondence and notes, 1978- 1979, 1993-1996
3 St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai publications, 1989- 1990
Salary reports
Box Folder
33 4-5 1968-1972
6 1971-1973
7 1973
8 Schulte, Anthony M., office correspondence
9 Strauss, Harold, obituaries
10 Weinstock, Herbert, re death, 1971
11 Westminster Distribution Center, 1969
12 Wimpfheimer, Tony, office correspondence, 1966- 1967
Series III. Koshland Personal Papers, 1942-1996
Box Folder
34 1 Articles, clippings, eulogies, obituaries
2 Boston, correspondence, address lists, 1968-1971
3 Calendar, 1996
4 Christmas card lists, business and personal
5 "Contract," re warranty and indemnification, 1957
6 Copyright committee, American Book Publishers Council, correspondence, 1969
Correspondence, 1942-1996
Box Folder
34 7 1942-1945, war letters to and from Blanche and Alfred Knopf
8 1946-1981, personal, unsorted
9 1962-1970, WAK-AAK inter-office
10 1965-1970, personal
1967-1968
Box Folder
34 11 B-G
12 H-N
13 O-S
14 T-Z
15-16 1990-1996, miscellaneous
17 Culture, music, arts, programs, misc., 1967-1968
18 Financial (personal), 1967-1970
Box Folder
35 1 Harvard, Board of Overseers election, 1982
2 Jury duty, 1968-1970
3-5 The New Dramatists committee, 1968-1971
6 New York Public library, annual dinner, 1969
7 Old ticket records, 1969
8-9 Personal, 1962-1964, 1969
10 Philips Exeter 50th reunion, 1974
11 Photographic and visual arts materials
Rolodex
Box Folder
35 12 A-G
13 H-O
14 P-Z
15 Sloane, William, financial correspondence, 1952
16 Social Security and retirement information
17 Society of American Historians, Allan Nevins prize, correspondence, 1969
Trip correspondence, reports, misc.
Box Folder
36 1-2 1961-1962, Frankfurt Book Fair
1963, London trip, Feb.
Correspondence
Box Folder
36 3 Incoming
4 Outgoing
5 Miscellaneous
6 "Travel and accommodations, Feb. 1963"
1963, European trip, Sept.-Oct.
Box Folder
36 7-9 Correspondence and reports on trip
Box Folder
37 1-3 Paris, Frankfurt, London, correspondence
4 Germany, notes and address book, 1963-1964
5 1964, Travel expenses, accommodations, hotel reservations
6 1965, Frankfurt
1966
Box Folder
37 7 Vacation
8-9 London and Paris, Spring
10 London, July-August
11 Frankfurt (with two photos of WAK), Fall 1967
1967
Box Folder
37 12-13 Cambridge, Frankfurt
Box Folder
38 1-2 Paris
1968
Box Folder
38 3 England
4 Frankfurt
5 Greece, Zurich, vacation
6 London
1969
Box Folder
38 7-8 Frankfurt Book Fair and Paris, expense reports
9 London, Paris
10 1970, Frankfurt, Rome
11 1976, Frankfurt Book Fair, accommodations, material sent
12 1977-1978, Frankfurt Book Fair
Box
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