Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Dept. records, 1839-1962

Charles Scribner's Sons
New York, N.Y.

This site provides access to the records of the Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Department in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2009. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 5,259 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection size: 7.0 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The incomplete records of the Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Department measure 7.0 linear feet and date from 1839 to 1962, and include original art works, photographs, scattered letters, and miscellaneous printed material reflecting the portraiture and other illustration work completed in support of the wide range of books, magazines and publications by Charles Scribner's Sons over the company's long history.

Biographical/Historical Note: Charles Scribner (1821-1871) was a partner in the publishing firm of Baker & Scribner, 1846-1871, and carried on alone after Baker's death in 1850. Scribner formed Scribner & Welford in 1857. Charles Scribner's Sons was established in 1870, the same year SCRIBNER'S MONTHLY began. His son Charles, 1854-1930, became president of the company in 1875. He began SCRIBNER'S MAGAZINE in 1887. It ceased publication in 1930. His son Charles, 1890-1952, became company president in 1932.

Donated 1957-1958 by Charles Scribner's Sons Art Department.

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Related Materials

Additional Charles Scribner's Sons Art Department files are in the Archives of Charles Scribner's Sons, 1786-2003 (mostly 1880s-1970s), at Princeton University Library, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, identified as Series 2. Art Department Files, 1907-1951, and comprise correspondence and department printing records (on cards) for selected Scribner publications. See Princeton's finding aid for the collection at