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William R. Scott, Inc. records

Call Number: YCAL MSS 447

Scope and Contents

The William R. Scott, Inc. Records contains original artwork, including drawings, color separations, and reproduction proofs, for children's books published by William R. Scott, Inc.


  • 1938-1997 1938-1960
  • Majority of material found within 1938 - 1960


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The William R. Scott, Inc. 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 Virginia Scott Sterling and Ethel McCullough Scott, 1998 and 1999.


Arranged alphabetically by book title.


7 Linear Feet ((27 boxes) + 11 broadside folders)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Contains original artwork, including drawings, color separations, and reproduction proofs, for children's books published by William R. Scott, Inc.

William R. Scott, Inc.

William Rufus Scott, founder of the small publishing house William R. Scott, Inc., was born August 27, 1910. He graduated from Yale University in 1931 and worked for several small publishers, where he developed skill as a typographer and learned about illustrating. Scott founded William R. Scott, Inc. in 1938 with his wife, Ethel McCullough Scott, and her brother, John C. McCullough, and began to publish children's books. The first editor was Margaret Brown, who published ''The Noisy Book,'' in 1939. Around 1972, Scott sold his publishing house to Addison-Wesley and most of the books previously published went out of print. Years later, some were reissued by HarperCollins and by the Linnet imprint of Shoe String Press.

Scott is considered a pioneering publisher of modern children's books and created vibrant books with creative educational content. He died on July 22, 1997 in North Bennington, VT at the age of 86.

Processing Information

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call numbers: Uncat ZA MS 600, Uncat ZA MS 616 and Uncat ZA MS 638.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization, in 2011.

Dates in brackets are supplied by the archivist.
Guide to the William R. Scott, Inc. Records
by Beinecke staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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