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Collection Details


Collection Name: Book-of-the-Month Club Project
Repository Name: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office [Repository Details]
Repository Location: New York, New York, United States
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/oral/guides/book.html
Dates Spanned: 1955-1955
Description: The founding and development of the Book-of-the-Month Club from 1926 to 1955. The material consists of interviews with the founders, members of the Selection Committee, and executive and technical personnel. In the most detailed of these memoirs, Harry Scherman, founder and board chairman, describes his own background, gives the origins of the idea of selling current books by mail to subscribers, tells of the first judges and later additions to the Selection Committee, discusses problems of editorial policy and the preferences of various judges, and recalls many of the selections and their reception.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 21
Interviews: [23 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Entertainment and recreation; Intellectual life; Literature
ASP Subjects: Book clubs (Bookselling); Book clubs (Discussion groups); History; Literature; Oral history; United States
Collection Code: OHC0000810