Collection ID: LMC 1221
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Collection context


The Corrigan mss., 1888-1941, consists of letters to publisher James William Corrigan, 1867?-1948, relating primarily to publishing matters in Great Britain and the United States.
1 Box (1 standard)
Materials are in English .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Corrigan mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

James William Corrigan, 1867?-1948, was a publisher born New York, 1867? and known in publishing circles as Billy Corrigan. He began working with G.P. Putnam's Sons and one of first book salesman representatives to visit Far West trade. In 1899 he became a partner with McClure-Phillips company and director of sales of the firm. In 1908 he helped establish George H. Doran company and became general manager. In 1927 when Doran merged with Doubleday, he became New York representative of Little, Brown and company of Boston. He retired in 1937 He was a member of Twelfth regiment, New York National Guard; New York Athletic Club and Siwanoy Country Club. Corrigan died August 26, 1948 at New Rochelle, New York. He had two children: William Botsford Corrigan, Pelham, New York; Elizabeth R. Montcure, Richmond, Virginia. New York Times, August 28, 1948, p. 15 and Publishers' Weekly, September 11, 1948, p. 1063.

Scope and Content:

The Corrigan mss., 1888-1941, consist of letters to James William Corrigan, 1867?-1948, publisher. The correspondence from prominent authors relates primarily to publishing matters in Great Britain and the United States. Included in the collection are also a financial statement of the McClure company, September, 1908; photographs of Corrigan, and personal memorabilia.

Among the correspondents in the collection are Samuel Hopkins Adams, George Ade, Hervey Allen, Mary Stewart (Doubleday) Cutting, Josephus Daniels, George Henry Doran, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Fogarty, James Watson Gerard, Joel Chandler Harris, Burton Jesse Hendrick, Sir John Ernest Hodder-Williams, Annie (Fellows) Johnston, Clara Elizabeth Laughlin, Edward Verrall Lucas, Samuel Sidney McClure, Myra (Kelly) Macnaughtan, Isaac Frederick Marcosson, Sir Gilbert Parker, William Farquhar Payson, David Graham Phillips, William Sydney Porter, Irving Putnam, Grant Richards, Ida Minera Tarbell, Booth Tarkington, Katherine Cecil (Madden) Thurston, Horace Annesley Vachell, Charles Wagner, Henry Watterson, Stanley John Weyman, Stewart Edward White, Alice Muriel (Livingston) Williamson, Thomas Francis Woodlock.

Collection size: 61 items

Acquisition information:
Purchase: 1967

This collection is arranged following original order.

Physical location:
Lilly - Stacks



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[Item], Corrigan mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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