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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Charles Scribner, Jr.
RLIN number: NXCP90-A17
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Childhood in Far Hills, New Jersey; intellectual interests, development; classics major at Princeton, 1939-43; discussion of instructors, professors, future academic interests; service in United States Navy as cryptanalyst, 1943-46; first years at Scribner and Sons, Inc.: adjustment problems, perceptions of company departmental weaknesses, over-emphasis on literature, fathers management of firm, personalities, publishing interests of Scribner staff, editors; takeover as president, chairman, and chief executive officer of company after fathers death, circa 1950; initial organization of the firm, recruiting new writing talent, advertising, sales department, publishing problems in 1950s. CONT. Scribner Bookstore: problems of independent bookstore, as New York City architectural landmark; professional and personal relationships with Ernest Hemingway; editing and publishing of Hemingway's novels during lifetime, posthumous works; personal and professional relationships with authors; publishing of dictionaries and multi-volume reference works; personal interest in history of science, development and editing of various works; plans for future publishing; joint ownership of Grosset and Dunlap: advisory role, problems, decisions to leave; meetings with Book Table, publishers group; discussion of major publishing houses and figures, primarily from 1950s to 1970s; Scribner and Sons, Inc. merger with Atheneum Books; decision to sell company to Macmillan Books, Inc.; Scribners changing role after sale; involvement with National Book Publishers Council, American Library Association.
Extent: Transcript: 728 leaves, Tape: 17 cassettes
Restrictions: Access: Open. Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1990. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1988 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Scribner, Charles, 1921-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1921
Speaker occupation: Publisher
Age at speaking: 67
Document date: 1988
Interviewer: Gardner, Joel
Organizations discussed: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Authors; Book industries and trade; Booksellers and bookselling; Consolidation and merger of corporations; North America; Oral history; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; Publishers and publishing; United States; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Cryptography
Topics discussed - Other terms: Encyclopedias and dictionaries; New York (NY)--Buildings; Reference books; Scribner & Company; Scribner, Charles, 1921-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0021128-16567