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James F. Drake, Inc. Correspondence and Business Records:

A Preliminary Inventory of Its Records at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: James F. Drake, Inc.
Title: James F. Drake, Inc. Correspondence and Business Records
Dates: circa 1905-1965
Extent: 169 records center Cartons (169 linear feet)
Abstract: The archive of New York book dealer James F. Drake, comprised primarily of correspondence, financial, and other business records, offers resources for research into the complete operation of a major dealer in the modern book trade. This collection includes the correspondence and business records
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-02154
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials. Part or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days’ notice for access in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material:
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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation James F. Drake, Inc. Correspondence and Business Records (Manuscript Collection MS-02154). Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Acquisition: Purchase, 1973-1976
Processed by: Eve Grauer, John Hawthorne, Kris Kiesling, Katherine Mosley, Jan Root, Joan Sibley, 1994

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Organizational History

The firm of James F. Drake, Inc. was established in 1911 by James Frederick Drake (1863-1933) for the sale of rare books and manuscripts. For the native New Yorker the firm represented the culmination of a career in books and publishing that was already of thirty years' duration. Drake's sons Marston E. and James H. Drake entered the firm in the teens, and by the time of the senior Drake's death the firm on West 40th Street was a mecca for bookmen in the New York area.
The Drake brothers continued in the tradition of their father, but upon the retirement of Marston ("the Colonel") and death in 1965 of Jim the entire stock of the firm and its business records were acquired by the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas.

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence and business records of the James F. Drake, Inc. firm including bills, receipts, bank statements, expense and sale journals, account payable/receivable lists, list of authors titles, and extensive correspondence.

Related Material

For additional material from the James F. Drake, Inc. Archive at the Harry Ransom Center, see James F. Drake, Inc. Collection of Autograph Letters and Autographs; James F. Drake, Inc. Catalog Slips Records; and the James F. Drake, Inc. Sales Records.

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