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Finding Aid for the Albert and Charles Boni, Inc. Records, ca. 1916-1974
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Albert and Charles Boni, Inc. Records,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1916-1974
    Collection number: 1462
    Creator: Albert & Charles Boni
    Extent: 10 boxes (5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Albert Boni (1892-1981) founded Albert and Charles Boni, Incorporated with his brother in New York City (1923). They introduced Boni Paper Books, and sold them by mail-order subscription. Active in both literary and political fields, the firm published such controversial and influential writers as Marcel Proust, Colette, D.H. Lawrence, Upton Sinclair and Leon Trotsky. The collection consists of papers relating to Albert and Charles Boni, Incorporated.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of William Boni, 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Albert and Charles Boni, Inc. Records (Collection 1462). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230304 

    Biography/History

    Albert Boni was born in 1892 in New York City and attended Harvard University. Between the two world wars Albert Boni left a lasting impression on the publishing world, first with Horace Liveright (Boni & Liveright) and then with his brother Charles (Albert & Charles Boni, Inc.). Boni's first publishing venture was The Little Leather Library, which sold abridged classics in a very small format through Woolworth's (1914). After selling the Washington Square Bookshop in 1917, he joined Horace Liveright to form the Boni-Liveright Publishing Company, which started the Modern Library of the World's Best Classics. Modern Library intended to copy the success of the popular British Everyman Series; in 1925, Boni's salesman Bennett Cerf bought the line, and went on to start Random House. With Albert and Charles Boni, Inc., he moved away from repackaging the classics in hopes of publishing exciting contemporary literature. By 1923 Boni and his brother founded Albert and Charles Boni, Incorporated, a firm that introduced Boni Paper Books and sold them by mail-order subscription. Active in both the literary and the political fields, the firm published such controversial and influential writers as Marcel Proust, Colette, D.H. Lawrence, Upton Sinclair, and Leon Trotsky. In the 1940s, Boni's interest in photography and light technologies led him to create the Readex Microprint Corporation. He died on July 13, 1981 in Ormond Beach, Florida.

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of this collection records Boni's commercial concerns as a publisher; his social and literary interests are clear through correspondence with a variety of artists and writers, from Max Eastman and George Bernard Shaw to Jim Tully. The collection also includes papers related to the Readex Microprint Corporation and Boni's photography compilation, A guide to the literature of photography and related subjects.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Miscellaneous business papers, 1928-1974.
    2. Correspondence, 1916-1966.
    3. Contracts, 1921-1973.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Boni, Albert, 1892-.
    Boni, Charles.
    Albert & Charles Boni, Inc.-Archives.
    Publishers and publishing--United States--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Albert Boni Collection of Material about Photography (Collection 1046).  Available at UCLA Library Special Collections.