Scope and arrangement
The records, 1931-1955, consist of editor's correspondence of the magazines published by Crowell-Collier. The correspondence is arranged chronologically by the year and therein alphabetically. (The folder letters are arranged according to a numerical filing system established by the company) The bulk of the correspondence concerns Collier's Weekly, and Woman's Home Companion..
The exchanges between editors (including John Denson, Sumner Blossom, Faith McNulty, Quentin Reynolds, Cornelius Ryan, and Bianca Tonetti) and authors, photographers, cartoonists, and literary agents vividly conjure up the give and take world of popular magazine publishing and also reflect the changes in editorial policy shifts in popular taste from the early thirties to the mid nineteen fifties. Outstanding in this section are the letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald in which friendly banter masks the anxiety of a writer desperately in need of money. Among the many correspondents are: Ansel Adams, Sherwood Anderson, Vera Brittain, Louis Budenz, Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Himes, Herbert Hoover, H. L. Mencken, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and Kurt Vonnegut.
Subseries of the editorial correspondence include inter-office correspondence for 1933 and 1946, and reader's reports for 1933. The records hold authors' typescripts and editors' proofs of articles, short stories, and the serialized novels published in Collier's Weekly from 1935 through 1955, and related correspondence. Of particular interest in this section are the typescripts and letters relating to articles commissioned for a special issue in which journalists, historians, educators, labor leaders, and government officials imagined what the Soviet Union would be like in the aftermath of its defeat and occupation by U. N. forces. Known as Operation Eggnog - the ultimate Cold-War fantasy. These apocalyptic cold-war fantasies were published on October 27, 1951 seventeen days after President Truman signed the Mutual Security Act that provided for massive foreign economic, military, and technical aid. Among the authors and historians represented by both typescripts and correspondence are: Arthur Koestler, Robert Sherwood, J. B. Priestly, and Allan Nevins. There is also a typescript by Kurt Vonnegut that was not included in the special issue.
Historical Note, and Scope and Contents Note prepared by Richard Salvato, 1983.
The Crowell-Collier Publishing Company records are arranged in three series:
The typescripts are filed by issue.