The Papers consist of correspondence, subject files, manuscripts, personal papers, and printed material relating to the personal and professional life of John C. Farrar, and to a lesser degree, Margaret Petherbridge Farrar. In addition the Papers document the work of the publishing firms Farrar & Rinehart and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
The Papers concern Farrar’s publishing career through his correspondence with G. H. Doran and with his partners in Farrar & Rinehart and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. The correspondence and subject files also contain Farrar’s correspondence with authors, which often include drafts of writings. Among the authors represented in the correspondence are: Hervey Allen, Stephen Vincent Benét, Katherine Brush, James Branch Cabell, Hoagie Carmichael, Floyd Dell, T.S. Eliot, James Galvin, Amy Lowell, Roi Ottley, Alec Waugh, and Thornton Wilder. Art and objects in the Papers also provide insight into Farrar’s relationship with authors; for example, following Amy Lowell’s death Farrar was given one of her boxes of cigars.
The Papers also represent Farrar’s writing career, including drafts of poetry, essays, and plays, in addition to correspondence with potential collaborators and publishers.
Farrar’s engagement with writing and publishing is further illustrated through his correspondence relating to his work to establish the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference and to revive the New York Chapter of the International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, and Novelists (PEN), as well as to teaching stints at New York University and Columbia University. Farrar was also involved in a number of civic and religious organizations as the correspondence and subject files evidence.
Documents regarding Farrar’s relationship with his mother Sally Wright, wife Margaret Farrar, and their children John Curtis, Alison, and Janice, can be found in the Family Papers. Correspondence to Margaret Farrar can also be found in the general correspondence and subject files.