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Guide to the Jeannette Hopkins Papers, 1922-2011

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Hopkins, Jeanette, 1922-
Title: Jeannette Hopkins Papers,
Dates: 1922-2011
Quantity: 23 cubic feet (20 boxes, 5 volumes)
Abstract: Papers concern Hopkins' work on behalf of authors as an editor and agent and include correspondence, memoranda, contract summaries, and production records; correspondence often includes extensive discussion of a book's ideas, of changes and alterations, and of public response. Authors include Ben H. Bagdikian, Robert Bendiner, James MacGregor Burns, Marquis W. Childs, Eugene Genovese, Leonard W. Levy, Frank Mankiewicz, Edwin Newman, and Stan Steiner.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, memoranda, contract summaries, and production records.

Biographical Note

Jeannette Hopkins (VC 1944) was born in Camden, NJ in 1922. She received an M.S. from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1945. After six years in journalism, in 1952 she turned to editing, and was employed successfully by Beacon Press, Harcourt Brace & World, and Harper & Row. In 1973 Miss Hopkins set up an independent service as a consulting editor for a number of publishing houses, including Harper & Row, McGraw-Hill, MacMillan, Random House, and Yale. She was appointed director of the Wesleyan University Press in 1980.

Miss Hopkins was active in the Unitarian church and had a particularly interest in public affairs such as civil liberties and race relations. With Kenneth B. Clark she was the co-author of A Relevant War Against Poverty. She died August 4, 2011.

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Scope and Content Note

Papers concern Hopkins' work on behalf of authors as an editor and agent and include correspondence, memoranda, contract summaries, and production records; correspondence often includes extensive discussion of a book's ideas, of changes and alterations, and of public response. Authors include Ben H. Bagdikian, Robert Bendiner, James MacGregor Burns, Marquis W. Childs, Eugene Genovese, Leonard W. Levy, Frank Mankiewicz, Edwin Newman, and Stan Steiner. Scrapbooks include material relating to her editing work as well as her time as a student at Vassar College.

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Access and Use

Access

There is restricted material in boxes 1, 2, 9 and 12. The rest of the collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Librarywithout any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Bagdikian, Ben H.
  • Bendiner, Robert.
  • Burns, James MacGregor.
  • Childs, Marquis William, 1903-
  • Genovese, Eugene D., 1930-
  • Levy, Leonard Williams, 1923-
  • Mankiewicz, Frank, 1924-
  • Newman, Edwin.
  • Steiner, Stan.

Subjects:

  • Authors.
  • Editors.
  • Literary agents.
  • Publishers and publishing.

Organizations:

  • Vassar College--Students.

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Encoding Information

Original encoding by Elizabeth Clarke, February 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jeannette Hopkins Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown, last updated April 2013.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jeannette Hopkins and her estate. The material came in several accessions from 1977-2013.

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Container List

Files

Boxes 1-2 Restricted Material
Box 3 Harcourt Brace - Sample editorial reports, 1956-1964
Box 3 Harcourt Brace - Correspondence upon leaving, 1964
Box 3 Harcourt Brace - Editorial meeting reports, 1964
Box 3 Correspondence - A-Ho, ca. 1964-1980
Box 4 Correspondence - Hu-Sh, ca. 1964-1980
Box 5 Correspondence - Si-Z, ca. 1964-1980
Box 5 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, ca. 1964-1980
Box 5 Correspondence - B-C, ca. 1970-1980
Box 6 Correspondence - D-W, ca. 1970-1980
Box 7 Correspondence - Lewis Mumford, ca. 1960-1963
Box 7 Correspondence - General Authors ca. 1960-1990
Box 7 Correspondence - B-T ca. 1960-1990
Box 7 Wesleyan University
Box 7 Wesleyan University Press
Box 8 Wesleyan University Press
Box 8 Freelance
Box 8 University of New Hampshire
Box 8 University Press of New England
Box 8 Miscellaneous publishers
Box 8 Documentary text book
Box 8 Miscellaneous
Box 9 Correspondence, ca. 1995-2005
Box 9 Stephen Hess
Box 9 Equal Educational Opportunity
Box 9 Reviews of books edited by Hopkins
Box 9 Poems by Jeannette Hopkins
Box 9 Fox-Genovese
Box 9 Genovese
Box 9 Lasch, Christopher
Box 9 Rovere, Richard
Box 9 Seminar: "How to Transform a Dissertation into a Book" [RESTRICTED]
Boxes 10-12 Hopkins' manuscript: "The Whole Thing: The Author, the Editor, and the Book"
Box 12 Hopkins' miscellaneous writings
Box 12 Wesleyan University Press
Box 12 Beacon Press
Box 12 Correspondence and Proposals, ca. 2005-2011 [RESTRICTED]
Box 12 "Poets to Write to"
Box 12 Miscellaneous
Box 13 Miscellaneous personal
Box 13 Family and genealogy
Box 13 FOIA request
Box 13 Vassar College
Box 13 Diplomas
Box 13 Charles Sherover
Box 13 Portsmouth
Box 13 Unfiled scrapbook material
Box 13 Miscellaneous
Box 14 Mumford, Lewis

Scrapbooks

Box 14 Vassar College, ca. 1940-1944 (2 volumes)
Unboxed Vassar College (2 volumes)
Box 15 New Haven Register, 1945-1946
Box 15 Providence Journal and Bulletin, 1946-1950
Box 15 Oklahoma City Times, 1950-1951
Box 16 Beacon Press/Campaign
Box 16 Beacon Press, 1951-1956
Box 17 Harcourt, 1956-1964 (2 volumes)
Box 18 Harper and Row, 1964-1973 (2 volumes)
Box 19 New York City freelance, 1973-1980
Box 19 Politics I, 1930s-1950s
Box 20 Politics II, 1960s-1972
Box 20 Politics III, 1970s-1980s, 1992-1996
Box 16 Politics IV 2000-
Box 16 Material housed with "Politics IV" Scrapbook that predates its contents, 1922-2000
Includes letters from:
Bryan, William Jennings (to Carleton Hopkins), 4 Feb 1922
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 13 Oct 1945
Bowles, Chester, 14 May 1953
Stevenson, Adlai, 10 Feb 1959
Lincoln, Evelyn, n.d.
Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr., 2 Dec 1963
McGovern, George, 2 Apr 1965, 29 Jan 1971
Kennedy, Robert F. 12 July 1965
Supreme Court Justices (Black, Warren, Brennan and Fortas), 1965
Humphrey, Hubert, 1966-1967 (4 letters and 1 carbon)
Bunche, Ralph, 11 Jan 1966
Supreme Court Justices (Warren, Harlan, Stewart, White Brennan and Fortas), 1966
Tuckerman, Nancy (on behalf of Jacqueline Kennedy), 31 July 1967
Oppenheimer, Robert, 30 June 1966
Muskie, Edmund, 28 Apr 1969
Hoover, J. Edgar, 10 Feb 1969
Buchanan, Partick, 1 Mar 1972
Rumsfeld, Donald, 29 Feb 1972
Kennedy, Edward, 15 March 1976
Rusk, Dean, 18 Aug 1977
Bork, Robert, 3 Sep 1987
Clinton, Bill, 3 Nov 2000
Miscellaneous letters from political figures
Political ephemera
Empty envelopes from the White House
Unboxed Wesleyan Authors
Unboxed ACLU Board
Unboxed MARC, ACLU, NAACP, and the Coleman Report

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