Vanguard Press records, ca.1925-ca.1985.
Established with money out of the Garland Fund in 1926, the Vanguard Press under the editorial guidance of James Henle and
Evelyn Shrifte established and maintained a reputation for publishing promising new fiction writers, as well as informed and
challenging nonfiction. In the fall of 1988, Vanguard Press was sold to Random House.
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of the editorial and production archives of Vanguard Press: correspondence, manuscripts, contracts,
memoranda, galley proofs, photographs, clippings, and printed materials. The correspondence and editorial files contain a
wealth of detailed information about individual authors and the growth and development of the Press. Among the cataloged correspondents
are: Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow, Stephen Vincent Benét, William Rose Benét; Phyllis Bottome; Pierre Boulle; Jocelyn Brooke;
Cyril Connolly; A.J. Cronin; Nigel Dennis; John Dewey; Max Eastman; James T. Farrell; Vardis Fisher; Richard Garnett; Theodor
Seuss Geisel; Louis Golding; Paul Goodman; Horace Gregory; Geoffrey Grigson; Lillian Hellman; William Heyen; Harold L. Ickes;
Christopher Isherwood; Alfred Kazin; Philip Lamantia; Sinclair Lewis; Emanuel Litvinoff; Dwight Macdonald; Archibald MacLeish;
Marshall McLuhan; Thomas Mann; Edgar Lee Masters; H. L. Mencken; William Meredith; Joyce Carol Oates; Katherine Anne Porter;
Barbara Pym; William Sansom; William Saroyan; Ramon J. Sender; Upton Sinclair; Rex Stout; Edith Sitwell; Paul Theroux; Lionel
Trilling; Harry S. Trumam; Louis Untermeyer; Eudora Welty; Richard Wilbur; and Thornton Wilder. There are some manuscripts
by Bellow; Bottome; Boulle; Farrell; Grigson; Litvinoff; MacDonald; Oates; John Cowper Powys; Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.; Patrick
Tanner; William Targ; Theroux; and Sitwell.