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Book-of-the-Month Club records

Call Number: YCAL MSS 278
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of proofs and "first reader reports" that document a component of the selection process for titles that became Book-of-the-Month Club recommendations. The proofs are pre-publication copies of manuscripts, used by Book-of-the-Month Club judges to select titles. They can be located in Series I and Series III.

The reports comprise reviews by in-house editors and outside readers of manuscripts under consideration for publication. They were written by a wide variety of individuals including Rosemary Benet, Basil Davenport, Elizabeth Wynne Easton, Roger Pippett, John Sherry, Russell Thacher, Ralph Thompson, and Leon Wilson.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Book-of-the-Month Club Records is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Book-of-the-Month Club, circa 1978 and 2000.
Organized into three series: I. Manuscripts, circa 1959-1978. II. First-reader Reports, circa 1946-1962. III. Additional Manuscripts (July 2000 Acquisition), circa 1951-1979.
1946 - 1979
39.94 Linear Feet (70 boxes)
Related Names
Book-of-the-Month Club
Language of Materials