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

Charles Scribner's Sons

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 Information

Size: 7 Linear feet

Summary: The records of the Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Department measure 7.0 linear feet and date from 1839 to 1962. The records of the department 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 materials and topics published by Charles Scribner's Sons over the company's long publishing history.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Scribner's Sons was founded as a publishing partnership of Isaac D. Baker and Charles Scribner in 1846. The company set out to discover and publish the work of new American authors. The first work to be published was The Puritans and Their Principles by Edwin Hall, followed by many theological treatises, and the first bestseller, Napoleon and His Marshals by the Rev. J. T. Headley.

Provenance

The Charles Scribner's Sons Art Reference Department records were donated in 1957 and 1958 by Charles Scribner's Sons.

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Funding

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