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Finding Aid for the Collection of Material about the Processes of Publishing and Self-Publishing, Including Samizdat, 1925-1974
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Material about the Processes of Publishing and Self-Publishing, Including Samizdat
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1974
    Collection number: 1398
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Collection consists of examples of Famous Writers School publications, typescript galley proofs, and Russian samizdat.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English and Russian.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Jesse Erickson in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, September 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Material about the Processes of Publishing and Self-Publishing, Including Samizdat (Collection 1398). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232791 

    Biography/History

    Founded by publisher Bennett Cerf with Gordon Carroll and Albert Dorne in 1961, the Famous Writers School is a correspondence-based instructional program designed to provide amateur writers with the techniques and skills needed to develop a successful career as professional writer. The school prospered for close to a decade as its enrollment steadily rose, causing a notable increase in tuition revenues during the late 1960s. However, both the quality and the effectiveness of the original school were scrutinized by Jessica Mitford in a 1970 exposé piece published in the Atlantic Monthly that portrayed the school's business practices as scandalous. Subsequent to the publication of the Mitford article, the school's previously rising stock rapidly plummeted until it filed for bankruptcy in 1972.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists primarily of instructional publications and materials from the Famous Writers School correspondence program. Also included in the collection are examples of typescript manuscripts and galley proofs illustrating different stages in the publication process. There is also a small number of samizdat, a type of Russian book, commonly a reproduction of a banned or censored publication, often handmade with inexpensive materials and circulated privately without government authorization.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged according to the content and format of the materials.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Publishers and publishing.
    Self-publishing.