Finding Aid for the collection of Avon Books, 1930-1969, bulk, 1960-1969

Processed by Jain Fletcher and Josh Fiala; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: collection of Avon Books
Date (inclusive): 1930-1969, bulk, 1960-1969
Collection number: 427
Creator: Library Special Collections
Extent: 52 boxes (26.0 linear ft.) 1 oversize box.
Abstract: Collection consists of an archive set up by the UCLA Library of all the books published by the Avon Book Division of the Hearst Corporation, beginning with March 1960.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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 the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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 Hearst Corporation.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], collection of Avon Books (Collection Number 427). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

The Avon Books Collection (Coll. 427) was begun by Special Collections in earnest in 1960, after the Hearst Corporation took over the Avon imprint. Collecting continued at least through 1969, with help, at least in part, from the publishers themselves. The collection also includes a number of Avon Books acquired from other sources prior to 1960, some as early as the 1930s. The alpha-numeric list below represents Avon's attempts to make discrete "series" through means of an alpha-numeric code, even though the nature of the coding is not always clear (in the early days, it was thought that the "G" stood for "giant"; indeed, the books with this alpha-prefix are indeed somewhat more serious than the general Avon content). All of the books have now been individually cataloged on Voyager, on Bib ID 4232705.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of an archive set up by the UCLA Library of all the books published by the Avon Books Division of the Hearst Corporation, beginning with Mar. 1960. Also includes a number of Avon Books acquired from other sources prior to that date, some as early as the 1930s. Titles include John Haase's The young who sin, Robert Payne's The blue Negro, Henry Miller's The air-conditioned nightmare, and Kenneth Rexroth's Classics revisited.

Organization and Arrangement

Collection is arranged by the publisher's alpha-numeric series designations.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Avon Books.


Container List

Box 1

Pre-Hearst Corp. items

Box 2

Pre-Hearst Corp. items; T397-412

Box 3

T415-458

Box 4

T459-506

Box 5

T507-556

Box 6

F100-150

Box 7

F151-186

Box 8

F187-245

Box 9

D5-7; G0151-1057

Box 10

G1058-1087

Box 11

G1088-1119

Box 12

G1120-1154

Box 13

G1155-1190

Box 14

G1191-1230

Box 15

G1231-1261

Box 16

G1262-1295

Box 17

G1296-1343

Box 18

H100-108; N101-114

Box 19

N115-130

Box 20

N131-147

Box 21

N148-168

Box 22

N169-189

Box 23

N190-208

Box 24

N209-230

Box 25

Bard series: (in numerical order:) T07, T09, G10, 11, T12, G13; S101-120

Box 26

S122-151

Box 27

S152-189

Box 28

S192-219

Box 29

S220-257

Box 30

S259-296

Box 31

S297-336

Box 32

S337-378

Box 33

S379-400; V2032-2039

Box 34

V2040-2056

Box 35

V2057-2075

Box 36

V2076-2097

Box 37

V2098-2118

Box 38

V2119-2141

Box 39

V2142-2165

Box 40

V2166-2191

Box 41

V2193-2221

Box 42

V2222-2252

Box 43

V2254-2279

Box 44

V2280-2301; W100-102

Box 45

W103-122

Box 46

W123-140

Box 47

W141-156

Box 48

Poster (36 × 24") advertising a book by Patrick Dennis

Box 49

W157-163; CS2; GS1-7, 11, 13, 16; NS1-14

Box 50

NS15-22, 25-27, 29, 35, 39, 42-43; QS1-2, 4, 7, 9; SS3-10

Box 51

SS11-12, 14-17; VS1, 4-7, 13, 16-18, 21

Box 52

VS22-23, 27, 29; YN235-236; YQ10; ZN143, 149; ZS101, 105-107, 111-117, 119-120

Box 53

ZS121, 124, 127-128, 131, 133-136, 139, 141, 146, 148, 150-151, 156, 158, 161, 163; ZV125, 140, 145, 153-155, 157, 164