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Serendipity Books mss., ca. 1960-2010

Records of Serendipity Books at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Serendipity Books (Firm)

Extent
25,650 items

Title
Serendipity Books mss., ca. 1960-2010 

Collection No.
LMC 2124

Extent
25,650 items

Language
Materials are in English

Abstract
The Serendipity Books mss., ca. 1960-2010, consist of invoices, orders, paid bills, and other miscellaneous financial papers, including cash receipt books, ledgers, and yearly financial statements for the bookselling firm, Serendipity Books, Inc., of Berkeley, California.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Bookselling firm of Berkeley, California.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Invoices; II. Orders, Paid Bills; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Additions.

Scope and Content Note

The Serendipity Books mss., ca. 1960-2010, consist of invoices, orders, paid bills, and other miscellaneous financial papers, including cash receipt books, ledgers, and yearly financial statements for the bookselling firm, Serendipity Books, Inc., of Berkeley, California. The collection also contains personal materials of Peter Howard, proprietor of Serendipity Books, and includes correspondence, photographs, printed ephemera, and a photo portfolio and text pertaining to the limited-edition book Martin Stone, Bookscout, written by Howard.

Correspondents include: Carter Burden, Tom Farber, Amanda Green, Jon Paul Henry, Abram Hoffer, William Martin Hoffer, Esme Howard, Ian Jackson, Cris Mcmann, Phyllis Mcmann, Larry McMurtry, Richard Newsome, Katherine Spelman, Ralph Segura, J. D. Salinger, Martin Stone.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1986, 1996, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2014
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with the permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library

Preferred Citation
[Item], Serendipity Books mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Invoices

Box 1 1966 - 1972, Jan. 

Box 2 1972, Feb. - 1977, Mar. 

Box 3 1977, Mar. (cont.) - 1979, Dec. 

Box 4 1979/80 - 1980, Sept. 

Box 5 1980, Sept. (cont.) - 1981, Sept. 

Box 6 1981, Oct. - 1982/83 (A-B)

Box 7 1982/83 (C-Z) - 1983, July 

Box 8 1983, Aug. - 1985/86 

Series: Orders, Paid Bills

Box 9 1963 - 1964/74  (A)

Box 10 1964/74  (B - California, University of )

Box 11 1964/74  (California, University of - Co)

Box 12 1964/74 (Cp - Hd)

Box 13 1964/74 (He - L)

Box 14 1964/74  (M - Rad)

Box 15 1964/74  (Rae - Stam)

Box 16 1964/74  (Stan - Wa)

Box 17 1964/74  (Wb - Z); 1973  (1f.); 1974 (7ff.)

Box 18 1974/75  (19ff.)

Box 19 1974/75 Printed(2ff.); 1975 Misc.; 1975 Catalog 34 3ff.; 1975/76 (A - R; no "S" file)

Box 20 1975/76 (T - Z); 1977/78  (A - J); 1978/82  (A-C)

Box 21 1978/82  (C - T)

Box 22 1978/82 (U - Z); "thru Apr. 30, 1983" (A - D)

[includes 1977-1983]


Box 23 "thru Apr. 30, 1983"  (D - M)

Box 24 "thru Apr. 30, 1983"  (N - T)

Box 25 "thru Apr. 30, 1983"  (U - Z) - 1983/84  (A - Z)

Series: Miscellaneous

Box 26 Bank Statements, FY 1983 

Credit Memos: 1979-1981 ;1980-1985 

Expense records of room for storage, 1969 

Expenses: 1971 ;1973 

Expenses, FY 1983 : Nancy Kosenka, Peter Howard, Tom Goldwasser, Burton T. Weiss

Insurance papers, ca. 1971 

New titles, Sept. 23, 1971-Mar. 23, 1974 

Single Copy order plan, 1969-1970 

Store Sales, FY 1984 

Travel expenses:1972-1974 ;1976-1979  

(3 folders)


FY 1985 

(5 folders)


Yearly financial statements, 1981-1985  

(5 folders)


Subseries: Box 27 Bound volumes:

Book purchases & overhead expenses

May 17, 1973-Dec. 30, 1976 and Jan 1, 1974-June 10, 1974 

June 10, 1974-Dec. 30, 1974 and Jan. 1, 1975-Apr. 12, 1975 

Subseries: Cash receipt books:

1965 

Apr. 1966-Jan. 1, 1968 

Nov. 2, 1969-Oct. 22, 1971 

Apr. 18, 1979-Jan. 31, 1976 

Jan. 1-Apr. 30, 1977 

May 1, 1977-Apr. 30, 1978 

Mar. 1978-Apr. 30, 1978 

May 1, 1978-Apr. 30, 1979 

Feb. 22, 1979-May 1, 1979 

Subseries: Ledgers:

June 5, 1973-Dec. 31, 1973 

Nov. 26, 1971-Sept. 1, 1973 

Nov. 14, 1973-Feb. 22, 1975 

Mar. 15, 1975-Jan. 1, 1976 

Jan. 1, 1977-Apr. 30, 1978 

May 1, 1978-Apr. 30, 1979 

May 1, 1979-Nov. 17, 1979 

Box 28 Office fund vouchers, July 1, 1980-Apr. 4, 1985 

(71 envelopes)


Cancelled checks, 1969-1984 

Boxes 29-31 Cancelled checks, 1969-1984  (cont.)

Series: Additions

Subseries: 2002 Additions

Invoices

Box 31 1984, May – 1985, Oct. 

Box 32 1985, Nov. – 1988, July 

Box 33 1988, Aug. – 1989, Apr. 

Paid bills

Box 33 1984/85  – 1985/86  A-M

Box 34 1985/86  N-Z – 1987/88  A-M

Box 35 1987/88  N-Z – 1989/90  A-M

Box 36 1989/90  N-Z – 1991/92  A-S

Box 37 1991/92  T-Z – 1993/94  A-Q

Box 38 1993/94  R-Z

Miscellaneous

Box 38 Credit card files, tax papers, stolen book file, banking and other financial papers, etc.

(43 folders)


Subseries: 2010 Additions

Box 39 Correspondence

A-M

N-Unidentified authors

Writings

Howard, Peter

Howard, Keridwen Jean

Janah, Manua

McMurtry, Larry

A-G

H-J

R-W

Printed Ephemera

Various authors

Broadside

(shelved in box 40 oversize)


Catalogs

Periodicals

Martin Stone, Bookscout Materials

Photo Portfolio and Text

(4 folders)


Photographs

4 folders

Box 40 Canvas prints

(shelved in oversize)


Subseries: 2012 Additions Box 41

Correspondence

A-Z

Writings

“Letter from Tibet”

Untitled manuscript by Manua Janah

Printed Materials

Metcalf, John. Freedom from Culture

Ruyle, John. Baskerville Visited and Baskerville Revisited

Woodsworth, Glenn. Cheap Sons of Bitches

Hoffer, William. A Correspondence, and A Statement

Catalogs

Pacific Rim Anthropology

interesting items in the fields of…. (by Serendipity Books)

The Eric Korn Collection of H.G. Wells

Vietnam War Literature: The Gary Lepper Collection

Paul Mariah and Helen Luster Archives

William Faulkner: The Carl Petersen Collection

(1 interim catalog, 2 printed, 2 typescripts)


Box 42 Serendipity Books: Catalogue 22

Canadian Fiction: Nos. 24-59

Canadian Fiction: Nos. 61-78

Harold Pinter: The Sir Joseph Gold Collection

G. Norman Douglas: The Frederick Board Collection

Ted Hughes: The Collections of Sir Joseph Gold

A Mostly Modern Affair: One Hundred Pleasures (or so), For Now

Lost-Race Fiction: The Stuart Teitler Collection

Alex Flegon: Catalogue 49

Serendipity Books: Books in English (Titles, Not Volumes)

Bookman’s Weekly, Aug. 1, 1977

Yosemite and the Big Trees: Catalogue 54

Appraisal Records

Estate of James D. Hart

Mr. & Mrs. John Bedecarre

Estate of Wright Morris

The Leonard Baskin papers and collections

Gayle Sullivan

Estate of Joaquin Nin-Culmell

Irwin T. and Shirley Holtzmann Collection

Box 43 The Library of James D. Hart

Dorothy & Howard Baker

John Lane

Czeslaw Milosz

Miscellaneous

Notes

Writings

Pamphlets

Advertisement

Newspaper clippings

Subseries: 2013 Additions

Box 44 Catalogs

Majority of catalogs are from Serendipity Books


(folders 1-16)

Box 45 (folders 17-28)

Box 46 (folders 29-43)

Box 47 (folders 44-48)

Peter Howard

Correspondence of William Hoffer

(4 folders)


Box 48 Correspondence of William Hoffer

(8 folders)


Employee Meeting. Dec. 18, 1985

Matheson and Rimer: Autographs

Wm. P. Barlow, Jr.

Richard Brautigan Archive

Correspondence and miscellaneous

(2 folders)


W.S. Merwin Manuscript Collection

Haverford College

Correspondence of Bill and Nina Matheson

Correspondence of Sherri Martinelli and of Denis Goacher

Correspondence of Christina Burridge

(3 folders)


Personal Correspondence of Georgiana Prata and of Audrey Pieper

Letter of recommendation for Karma Pippin

Ian Jackson writings

S. Claw Wilson comic

Watchword Press board member materials

Review of the 36th Congress of ILAB

Want lists

Box 49 Serendipity Books, Inc. Financial Statements

(2 folders)


ABAA and ILAB

ABAA Newsletter

Archives of the ABAA

Miscellaneous

(5 folders)


ILAB advertisement for ABAA Fairs

ILAB Cologne, Germany, 1992

ABAA Officers and Board of Governors Meeting, Nov. 1992

Jerrold Stanoff vs. Dae-hen Park

ILAB to do

ABAA Board of Governors Meeting agendas

Box 49 Citizen Ambassador Program and ABAA

ABAA materials, 1994

ABAA Elisabeth Woodburn Memorial Scholarship (unsuccessful), 1993

ABAA Elisabeth Woodburn Memorial Scholarship (successful), 1993

ABAA Elisabeth Woodburn Fund and Benevolent Fund

Correspondence

ABAA Membership Committee

ABAA Replevin Committee

ABAA By-laws Committee and Nominating Committee

ABAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Treasury

ABAA Book Fair Committee

Joel Malter complaint to ABAA, April 1993

ILAB Congresses

Communication from Anthony Rota, President of ILAB

Serendipity Books, ILAB, and ABAA Finances

ABAA Planning Committee and Nominating Committee, 1992

ABAA materials, 1977 - 1978

ABAA Ethics Committee

ABAA Ethics Committee

(2 folders)


Todd Pratum vs. Gilman Parsons

Box 50 Trademark infringement

Pickering & Chatto and Jefferson Rarities

William Guthman vs. Eric Goldman

Michael Hollander complaint against Jeffrey Mancevice

Philip Bevis

Jack Shoemaker

Barry Cassidy

Larry McMurtry

(3 folders)


Mary Ellen Solt

Eugen Gomringer's manifestos

Charles Sanders Peirce Symposium opening address by Thomas Sebeok

Proposal for MLA Conference 1992

"Robert Lax and Concrete Poetry" article

Mary Ellen Solt on William Carlos Williams

"Concrete Steps to an Anthology" article

Mary Ellen Solt's Vitae

"Letter to the Editor" poetry

"Poems as Signs" paper

(3 folders)


"Poems as Signs" lecture

"Charles Sanders Peirce and Eugen Gomringer: The Concrete Poem as a Sign" article

(folders 1 - 5)


Box 50 "Charles Sanders Peirce and Eugen Gomringer: The Concrete Poem as a Sign" article

(folders 6 - 10)


"What the Girl Might Have Said" poetry

Biographical sketch

"Marriage" poetry

"Flowers in Concrete" poetry

"Words and Spaces" poetry

"William Carlos Williams: Idiom as Cultural Icon" article

(7 folders)


Draft of Budapest paper

Introduction to "Concrete Poetry: A World View"

(2 of 4 folders)


Box 51 Introduction to "Concrete Poetry: A World View"

(2 of 4 folders)


Mary Ellen Solt on Öyvind Fahlström

(4 folders)


Correspondence

Miscellaneous

Subseries: 2014 Additions

Box 52 C, 1977-1982

(3 folders)


H, 1976-1978

I, 1976-1982

K, 1977-1982

L, 1977-1980

M, 1976-1980, undated

V, 1977-1978

1972-1981

1975

1980

1984-2004

1987-2004

1997?

2002

1892 (Baseball Collection), undated

(4 folders)


45th Annual ABAA Book Fair Catalogue, undated

A Music Collection, undated

(2 folders)


Box 53 ABAA 1980, 1979-1980

ABAA/Correspondence, 1993

ABAA/Correspondence, 1994

ABAA/Correspondence, 1994?

ABAA/Correspondence, 1995

ABAA/Correspondence, 1997

ABAA Meetings, Notes, 1979

ABAA Newsletter, 1993

ABAA Papers, 1996-1998

ABAA Scholarship, 1998

Abebooks.com, 2005

ABE Reports, 2005

ABE Reports, 2005-2006

Afro-American, African and Caribbean Literature, undated

Albert Guerard Appraisal Stanford, 1998-1999

Albrink Appraisal, 2003

Allen (Don) Appraisal, 1998

Andrew Ross/Bancroft Appraisal, 1999

Applewhite, 2003

2001 Appraisals, 2001

Appraisals "A", 1996-2006

Appraisal, 1993

Appraisal, 1994

Appraisal, 1995-2000

(2 folders)


Appraisals, 1995-2002

(2 folders)


Appraisals, 1996-1997

Appraisals, 1997

Appraisals, 1997-2005

Appraisals, 1998-2008

Appraisals, 1999?

Appraisals, 2001-2009

Appraisal Correspondence, 1995

Appraisal for Archive of Dorothy and Howard Baker, undated

Appraisal for Anne Posega, 1999

Appraisal for Elizabeth Whitfield, 1997

Appraisal for Washington University Libraries, 2003

Arthur Askins-Appraisal, 2004

Arthur Miller and "The Story of G.I. Joe", undated

Askari, 1997

Askins, 2004, undated

(2 folders)


Atkinson, 2004

Avila, 2002

Avila Appraisal, 2002

Bancroft Appraisal,

Undated

1991

1998-2006

2000

Bancroft Archive, 2011

Bank of America Envelopes, 2000

Bank of America Receipts, 2000

Barrett Appraisal, 2006

Bedecarre Appraisal, 2002

Benevolent Funds, 1995-1996

(2 folders)


Benevolent Funds, 1996

Best and Flannagan Harassment, 2002

The Bill Berkson Archive, 1991

(2 folders)


Black Appraisal Register, undated

Blake, Igor/Bancroft, 2004

Book Catalogs, undated

Book Lists, 1998

Booth 27, undated

Boston 1998, Nov. 20-22, 1998

Boston Book Fair, 1999

Breon..., undated

Brief Summary, 2008

British Blacklist, undated

Broughton, Archive, 1976

Burden, undated

Card Catalogue Copies, undated

(3 folders)


Carolyn Kizer, 2003

Carter Burden Book list, 1992

Catalogue 22, undated

Catalogue 24, undated

Catalogue 25, undated

Catalogue 26, undated

Catalogue 35, undated

Box 55 Catalogue 36: Books in Original Wrappers, 1997

Catalogue 37, undated

Catalogue 41,

c. 1, undated

c. 2, undated

Supplement, undated

Catalogue 42,

c. 1, undated

c. 2, undated

c. 3, undated

Catalogue 44

Catalogue 45, 1989

Catalogue 48: Addenda and Errata, undated

Catalogue 49

DVD, undated

c. 1, undated

c. 2, undated

c. 3, undated

Addenda

Catalogue Pages, undated

Colby College, 1984-1985

Collection List, undated

Collections and Lots for Sale, undated

Copper Beach,

1976-1977

1977-1978

Correspondence,

Undated

1981-1986

1993-1995

1994

1995-1996

1997

2002-2004

Cushing Appraisal, 2002

Box 56 Dallin Library Appraisal, 2004

Dear Jere, 1993

Dear Peter, 1995

Dear Gary & Fanny, 1995

Dodd, Mead

1989

1993

Envelopes-Stuffed, 2000

Ernst Bacon, 1996

Errata Catalogue 48, undated

Ewing Appraisal, 2002

Faulhaber Appraisal, 2008

Faulkner, William Catalog, undated

Fax Copies, 1999

Feldman Appraisal, 2004

Ferguson Appraisal, 1999

Fleming, 2001-2004

Fleming Appraisal,

2002

2004

2009

(2 folders)


Fleming, J., 2003-2004

Fleming Letter, 2002

Gallup Appraisal, 2001

Gallup Correspondence, 2001

Gary Gorton Want List, 1993

Gary Lepper, 1990

Gherini Appraisal, 2000

Godden Appraisal, 1998

Gove Vidal Collection, 1996

Gnome

1993-1999

1999-2001

2001-2006

Gombos Appraisal, 2000

Grant, 2005

(5 folders)


Groton School, 2000

Hannah Green Appraisal/Stanford, 1997

Harris Appraisal, 2008

Hart Register, 1992

Hebrew Book, 2004

Box 57 Hill Appraisal, 2004

Hinojosa-Smith, Romero Rolando, 2001

Hirsch Appraisal, 1997

Holtzman Appraisal,

1995

2000-2008

2002-2003

2004

(2 folders)


2005

2008

2009

Holtzman, A. (Appraisal), 1998

Holtzman (folder), 2003

Holtzman 12/01, 2001-2009

Honeyman appraisal, 2009

Hooten, 1993

Howard, Donald Kimm Appraisal, 2003

Howell Appraisal, 2007

Hoyt Appraisal, 2002

Ishmael Reed Archive, undated

Ivan Rvzicka, 1994

James Appraisal, 2001

Jan. 2000, 2000

Jaye, Meri Appraisal, 2001-2006

Jones Appraisal, 2000

Judy,

1991

undated

Kakutani Appraisal, 1999

Kane (Antiquarian Auction), 1998

Katz Appraisal,

2004

2008

2009

Kenword Appraisal, 1997

Klink Appraisal (for Bancroft Library), 2003

Kofsky Appraisal, 2007

Kue Appraisal, 2002

Kazarian Appraisal,

2009

2010

Ken and Rosalie Appraisals, 1996

Larry, undated

Box 58 LC 1983, 1983

LC 1984, 1984

LC 1985, 1985

Leonard Baskin Papers, 2001

Lewis (Sinclair), undated

Library of Congress

1978-1983

1983-1988

Liem (Appraisal), 1998

Linda Carol Colby Jack London Collection, 2006

Little Magazines Information, 1981

Lovett, 2002

Lovett Appraisal, 2002

López Appraisal, 2009

M.C. Richards Archive, undated

MacDonald George, 1824-1905, undated

Mailings, 1979-1989

May-June 2000, 2000

Meltzer Archive, 1976

Merrill=Final Draft/for sale, 1994

Mills Lane IV Appraisal, 2002

Minnesota Fair, 2000

A Mostly Modern Affair, undated

(3 folders)


Nelson Algren, undated

New Titles List, 1977

Notes on GI Joe, 1949

NYC April 14, 15, 16, 2000

(2 folders)


Paperback, Science Fiction Originals, undated

Papers

1949-2000

1969-1990

1979-1980

1981-1990

1986-1997

1996-2001

1999-2007

Box 59 Perishable Press: Emory's Holdings, 2005, undated

Persephone Press, 1976

Petty Cash, 1992-1994

PG=$200, undated

Philip Whalin Appraisal, 2002

Poetry Works, 1994

Priscella, 2000

Professor Ishmael Reed XVI Congreso Aedean, undated

Receipts,

1995-1997

1997-2000

Richard Fyfle, 1996

Ross Valley Bookstores, 1984-1988

(2 folders)


Saens-Collection, 1980, undated

Saroyan, J. Blaisdell, 1996

Schwarzenbach/Bancroft, 2004

Screenplay Catalogue, undated

Seattle Book Fair, Oct. 1 & 2, 1999

Serendipty Books 5357, undated

Serendipty Books Distribution, 1976

Shirley and Irwin Holtzman, 1995

Slav. Philology, undated

Socialism and Communism in the United States, undated

Something Else, 1972-1975

State Farm Insurance Business Policy, 1983-1984

Steinbeck, 1964

Teitler, Stuart Collection, undated

(2 folders)


Thom Gunn's Gunns, 2008

Town's End Books Catalog #4, undated

Untitled, undated

Box 60 Waiting for Godot's Books, undated

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (A Collection) , undated

Walter Larsen Fiar, Feb. 10 & 11, 1996

Watergate Mementos, undated

Washington Fair, 1997

Weisfield/Bancroft, 2004

William Saroyan Inventory, 2011

Wolborsky, 1997

Woodburn, 1995-1997

Yaspan, 1989

Yvor Winters Catalogue, undated

(2 folders)


Zanuck Lists, 1995

Subseries: 2016 Additions

Box 61 Financial documents

Box 62 Appraisals

Correspondence

Publications

Box 63 Catalogs

Correspondence

Appraisals

Financial papers

Box 64 Miscellaneous

Publications (includes two scrapbooks with photos and a “Nancy” book)

Box 65 Financial documents

Box 66 Catalogs

Correspondence

Newsletters

Box 67 Appraisals

Box 68 Catalogs

Correspondence

Box 69 Appraisals Catalogs Correspondence “PBH college papers (typescripts of essays, exam booklets)”

Box 70 Catalogs (with A/V materials, a CD and a floppy disk)

Appraisals

Box 71 Appraisals

Correspondence

Financial documents (Boonville Hotel)

Box 72 Financial documents (book fairs and travel)

Appraisals

Box 73 Appraisals

Financial documents

Box 74 Financial documents (petty cash)

Box 75 Financial documents (petty cash)

Financial documents (consignment)

Catalogs

Box 76 Catalogs (want lists)

Publications (including ‘A Tribute and a Story for D. M. Fraser')

Miscellaneous (clippings)

Box 77 Catalogs

Box 78 Catalogs

Financial documents

Miscellaneous

Box 79 Appraisals

Catalogs

Box 80 Miscellaneous (including "Lilly Library History")

Catalogs

Index cards of contact information

Box 81 Catalogs (index cards of want list)

Box 82 Appraisals

Catalogs

Newsletters

Box 83 Financial documents (sales analysis forms)

Appraisals

Contact lists

Correspondence

Box 84 Appraisals

Correspondence

Box 85 Appraisals

Catalogs (index cards with tallies of each collection)

Box 86 Catalogs (itemized index cards)

Box 87 Catalogs (want lists)

Box 88 Correspondence

Newsletters

Miscellaneous (contact lists on index cards)

Box 89 Catalogs (want lists)

Box 90 Financial documents (checkbooks)

Catalogs (want lists)

Miscellaneous (photographs)

A/V (6 analog audio cassettes)

Box 91 Correspondence A-S

Box 92 Correspondence S-Z

Catalogs (want lists)

Box 93 Catalogs

Box 94 Catalogs

Box 95 Catalogs

Box 96 Catalogs

Box 97 Catalogs

Appraisals

Box 98 Catalogs

Box 99 Catalogs

Appraisals

Box 100 Catalogs

Box 101 Catalogs

Appraisals

Box 102 Appraisals

Box 103 Appraisals

Catalogs (includes CDs)

Box 104 Correspondence