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Thomas Bonn Collection of Publishers' Interviews

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 30 Mar 2009

Biographical History

Thomas Bonn was the librarian at the State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland. He authored two books on paperback cover art; as background and research material he interviewed numerous artists, illustrators, art directors, and publishers.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Thomas Bonn Collection of Publishers' Interviews consists of 105 CDs containing audio interviews with editors, art directors, artists, illustrators, legal personnel, and others from American publishing companies on the topic of cover art for paperbacks. There are also a few audio recordings of miscellaneous items -- a panel discussions on science fiction and fantasy art with Isaac Asimov, one CD of music, etc.

The recordings are in .cda format on CD-ROM; the original audiocassettes are no longer with the collection. The date they were transferred to digital format is unknown. The quality of the recordings varies widely but is generally only fair.

Arrangement of the Collection

The CDs are arranged alphabetically by the name of the interviewee.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the records of many publishers, including Grove Press, Spiral Press, Street and Smith, and many others. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Bonn, Thomas L.


Book industries and trade -- United States -- History.
Book jackets -- United States -- Design.
Commercial art.
Illustration of books -- United States.
Illustrators -- Interviews.
Paperbacks -- Publishing -- United States -- History.
Publishers and publishing -- Interviews.

Genres and Forms



Publishers and publishing.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Thomas Bonn Collection of Publishers' Interviews,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Media, March 2009.

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