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Books & Co. records

Title
Books & Co. records, 1978-1997
Author
Books & Co.
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Mixed materialPermit needed MssCol 4804Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328

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Description
10.9 linear ft. (22 containers, 11 volumes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Diaries
  • Visitors' books
  • Photographs
  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Source (note)
  • Sanger, Jeannette Watson
Biography (note)
  • Books & Co., (1978 - 1997), a book shop on Manhattan's east side, was envisioned and run by Jeannette Watson, granddaughter to IBM founder Thomas Watson. The store, geared towards literary fiction, poetry, and art books, was known for its comfortable, literary salon atmosphere and its readings, panel discussions, and special events which featured a wide variety of writers and artists.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Inventory available in repository and on Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 4804
Author
Books & Co.
Title
Books & Co. records, 1978-1997
Summary
The records of Books & Co. document the life of Jeannette Watson's independent bookstore in New York City. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, guest lists, invoices, tax reports, diaries, guest books, invitations, notes, greeting cards, letters, artwork, postcards, advertisement materials, flyers, newsletters, introductory remarks to readings, press kits, photographic prints, negatives, and contact sheets, monographs, scrapbooks, audio and video cassettes, and paper ephemera. The records provide strong evidence of the social and intellectual life that was the heart of the store, fostered through its public events, readings, and the relationships developed between the owner and her clientele, both authors and the book-buying public. It documents less strongly the business of buying and selling books. It does not include the financial records which would tell the underlying story of the dissolution of the Watson and Britton partnership, the part her father played in the enterprise, the problems with the Whitney Museum and the subsequent decision made by Watson to close the store.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Biography
Books & Co., (1978 - 1997), a book shop on Manhattan's east side, was envisioned and run by Jeannette Watson, granddaughter to IBM founder Thomas Watson. The store, geared towards literary fiction, poetry, and art books, was known for its comfortable, literary salon atmosphere and its readings, panel discussions, and special events which featured a wide variety of writers and artists.
Indexes
Inventory available in repository and on Internet.
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Added Author
Britton, Burt, 1933-
Watson, Jeannette.
Research Call Number
MssCol 4804
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