Finding aid created by: -
Date: Mar 1967
|20 Aug 2009||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Tebbel, John William, 1912-|
|Title:||John Tebbel Papers|
|Quantity:||3.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American author, journalist, and professor of journalism at New York University. Correspondence and typescript drafts, manuscripts, and galley proofs for his books; letters, many in connection with the research for his book on George H. Lorimer, from Carl W. Ackerman, Nelson Algren, Henry Steele Commager, Thomas B. Costain, Marshall Field, Herbert Hoover, Henry B. Hough, Harold L. Ickes, Alfred C. Kinsey, Alfred A. Knopf, John P. Marquand, Mary Margaret McBride, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Kenneth Roberts, Lawrence E. Spivak, and Wesley W. Stout.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
John Tebbel (1912-2004) was an American journalist, editor, educator and media historian. Among other achievements he is know for his A History of Book Publishing in the United States, a 20-year effort published in four volumes from 1972 to 1980.
Born in Boyne City,Michigan, on November 16, 1912, Tebbel graduated from Central Michigan College of Education in 1935 and began his career as a writer and newspaperman, serving as city editor for the Isabella County, Michigan, Times-News. He also worked on a master's degree at Columbia University, which he received in 1937. He wrote for Newsweek magazine and worked as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press. In 1939 he became a writer for the Providence Journal; in 1941 he became managing editor of the American Mercury. Two years later, he joined the Sunday staff of the New York Times, became an associate editor of the publishing firm E.P. Dutton & Co., and acted as an associate in journalism at Columbia. He served as chairman of the Journalism Department at New York University, and in 1958 was named the first director of their Graduate Institute of Book Publishing.
Tebbel was the author of numerous books, including "A History of Book Publishing in the United States," a biography of William Randolph Hearst, and two novels. He was also a regular contributor to the Saturday Review and other magazines.
Tebbel married the former Kathryn Carl with whom he had one daughter.
The John Tebbel Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, and published material. A biographical press release is filed at the beginning of the collection.
Correspondence contains incoming and outgoing letters. Letters to and from others are filed at the end of the series.
Subject files consist of bills and statements, a calling card of Jospeh Pulitzer, a legal agreement, and research material for Tebbel's book, From Raqs to Riches.
Manuscripts includes books, a play, and several unidentified items.
Published material contains a 1954 New York University calendar, a newspaper, newspaper clippings about others, a pamphlet, and a poem.
Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author. Outgoing correspondence is arranged in chronological order. Subject files are arranged alphabetically by type. Manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by type and within that by title. Published material is arranged alphabetically by type.
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Special Collections Research Center has the papers of many journalists and publishers; please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.
Ackerman, Carl W. (Carl William), 1890-1970.
Algren, Nelson, 1909-1981.
Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-1998.
Costain, Thomas B. (Thomas Bertram), 1885-1965.
Field, Marshall, 1834-1906.
Field, Marshall, 1893-1956.
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
Hough, Henry Beetle, 1896-
Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952.
Kinsey, Alfred C. (Alfred Charles), 1894-1956.
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984.
Lorimer, George Horace, 1869-1937.
Marquand, John P. (John Phillips), 1893-1960.
McBride, Mary Margaret, 1899-
Rinehart, Mary Roberts, 1876-1958.
Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957.
Spivak, Lawrence E. (Lawrence Edmund), 1900-1994.
Stout, Wesley Winans, 1890-
Tebbel, John William, 1912-
Editors -- United States.
Journalists -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
John Tebbel Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Box 1||Press release|
|Box 1||Ackerman, Carl W.|
|Box 1||Algren, Nelson|
|Box 1||Anspach, Charles|
|Box 1||Coe, Charles Richard|
|Box 1||Coffin, Paris|
|Box 1||Commager, Henry Steele|
|Box 1||Costain, Thomas|
|Box 1||Davies, Margaret P.|
|Box 1||Field, Marshall|
|Box 1||Field, Marshall Jr.|
|Box 1||Firestone, Harvey S.|
|Box 1||Firestone, Harvey S. Company|
|Box 1||Gould, Ben and Beatrice|
|Box 1||Hearst, William R., Jr.|
|Box 1||Hearst Metrotone News, Inc.|
|Box 1||Hoover, Herbert|
|Box 1||Hough, Henry B.|
|Box 1||Ickes, Harold L.|
|Box 1||Kahler, Hugh M.|
|Box 1||Kinsey, Alfred C.|
|Box 1||Knopf, Alfred A. and Blanche|
|Box 1||Lorimore, George B.|
|Box 1||Lorimore, Graeme|
|Box 1||Macrae, Elliot B.|
|Box 1||Marquand, John P.|
|Box 1||McBain, Hughston M.|
|Box 1||McBride, Mary Margaret|
|Box 1||Neall, Adelaide W.|
|Box 1||Patterson, Alicia|
|Box 1||Rinehart, Mary Roberts|
|Box 1||Roberts, Kenneth|
|Box 1||Spivak, Lawrence E.|
|Box 1||Stout, Wesley W.|
|Box 1||Visual Enterprises, Inc.|
|Box 1||Winchell, Walter|
|Box 1||1947, undated|
|To and from others|
|Box 2||Bills and statements|
|Box 2||Calling card, Joseph Pulitzer|
|Box 2||Legal agreement|
|Box 2||Research material for book, From Rags to Riches|
|Box 2||The American Indian Wars (with Keith Jennison) - draft (3 folders)|
|Box 2||The Compact History of the American Indian Wars - draft (3 folders)|
|Box 3||The Compact History of the American Newspaper - draft (2 folders)|
|From Rags to Riches: Horatio Alger, Jr. and the American Dream - final|
|Box 3||Preliminary pages, pages 1-319 (3 folders)|
|Box 3||Bibliography and index|
|George Washington: Man and Myth|
|Box 4||Draft (3 folders)|
|Box 4||Copy (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Untitled Tebbel manuscripts|
|Box 4||North of Utopia (with Maggie Smith) - final, carbon, draft, and notes (incomplete?)|
|Box 4||Miscellaneous pages|
|Box 4||Paperback Books: A Pocket History|
|Box 4||Calendar, New York University 1954|
|Box 4||Newspaper clippings about others|