Collection ID: LMC 2415
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Dodd, Moses Woodruff, 1813-1899., Dodd, Frank H., Mead, Edward S., Van Wagnen, Bleecker., and Dodd, Mead & Company
The Dodd, Mead mss., 1855-1992, consists of the author/translator agreements, correspondence, and copyright statements of publisher Dodd, Mead & Company.
36.5 linear feet (25 boxes )
Materials are in English
Preferred citation:

[Item], Dodd, Mead mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Scope and Content:

The Dodd, Mead mss., ca. 1855-1992, is chiefly composed of author/translator agreements, correspondence, copyright statements, bills, and receipts of publisher Dodd, Mead & Company. Completing the collection is a group of miscellaneous materials including articles on the firm's centenary (1839-1939), printed catalogs, miscellaneous correspondence, and brief printed histories of the firm.

Biographical / Historical:

Dodd, Mead & Co. was a prominent American publishing house based in New York City. In 1839 Moses W. Dodd formed a joint publishing venture with religious book publisher John S. Taylor. The following year he purchased Taylor's interest in the firm and continued alone until his retirement in 1870. He was succeeded by his son, Frank H. Dodd, who, with his cousin Edward S. Mead, formed the firm Dodd & Mead. A retail department was added to the firm and in 1876 Bleecker Van Wagnen was taken as a partner. The firm was then renamed Dodd, Mead & Company.

Dodd, Mead & Co. Was most famous for its American history and contemporary literature publications. Their most valuable contract was with Agatha Christie, for the rights to publish her books in the United States. Other authors published by Dodd, Mead & Co. included G.K. Chesterton, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sigmund Freud, William John Locke, and George Bernard Shaw. The company changed hands several times in the 1980s before ceasing all publications in 1990.

Acquisition information:
Purchase: 1993

The collection is organized in the following series: I. Authors, Publishers, and Other Correspondents; II. Miscellaneous. Series I is arranged in alphabetical order by author, illustrator, translator, or book series that involve multiple authors. Some materials are filed under the name of the printer, agent or publisher other than Dodd, Mead when a single author cannot be established. Birth and death dates are listed next to authors' names when available.



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[Item], Dodd, Mead mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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