Guide to the William Jovanovich Papers, 1960-1999
Table of Contents
- Collection Summary
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Subject Headings
- Related Material
- Administrative Information
- Access and Use
- Encoding Information
- Series List
- Container List
|Repository:||Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries|
|Title:||William Jovanovich Papers|
|Quantity:||1.0 cubic ft. (1 box)|
|Abstract:||Personal and professional correspondence with Mary McCarthy, correspondence with McCarthy biographers, typescripts of McCarthy's publications with Harcourt, Brace and Javonovich, newspaper clippings relating to McCarthy and her work, and an audio tape of the 1989 memorial service for McCarthy.|
|Forms of Materials:||Correspondence, typescripts, clippings, audio tape, realia.|
William Jovanovich was born Vladimir Jovanovich in Colorado 1920, the youngest child of a Polish mother and Montenegrin father, who worked as a coal miner. Educated in Denver elementary schools and the University of Colorado, Jovanovich served in the navy during World War II. In 1943 he married Martha Evelyn Davis, with whom he had three children. Unable to comlete graduate study after the war, he joined the publisher Harcourt Brace and Company as a college textbook salesman. He rose quickly through the company's management ranks. In 1953 he became head of Harcourt's school division and the company's president the following year. Jovanovich presided over the steady expansion of Harcourt, Brace's enterprises, acquiring other publishing firms and even purchasing several theme parks. In 1970, with company shareholders's approval, the firm changed its name to Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich (HBJ). Under Jovanovich's leadership, the company published several important authors, such as Günter Grass, Umberto Eco, and Italo Calvino. Jovanovich worked direclty with a number of these writers, including Hannah Arendt, Milton Friedman, and Mary McCarthy. Jovanovich and McCarthy first met in 1958, and their professional relationship evolved into a close personal that lasted until McCarthy's death in 1989. Jovanovich continued to play an important role in the management of HBJ until his departure from the company in 1990. In addition working as a publisher, Jovanovich also wrote a number of books, including a memoir, The Temper of the West. Jovanovich died in 2001 at age 81 in San Diego, California.
This collection includes personal and professional correspondence with Mary McCarthy, correspondence with McCarthy biographers, typescripts of McCarthy's publications with Harcourt, Brace and Javonovich, newspaper clippings relating to McCarthy and her work, and an audio tape of the 1989 memorial service for McCarthy.
This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without 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.
- Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975
- Gelderman, Carol W.
- Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984
- Kiernan, Frances
- McCarthy, Mary, 1912-1989
- Harcourt Brace Javanovich.
- Politics and literature -- United States - 20th century.
- Publishers and publishing--United States.
- Watergate Affair, 1972-1974.
Encoded by Mark Seidl, October 2011.
William Jovanovich Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
Processed by Mark Seidl, October 2011.
This collection was purchased in 2009 from the Jovanovich Family via Glen Horowitz Bookseller.
Series I. Correspondence, 1960-1999, bulk 1974-1990 (Folders 1.1-1.20)
|Corespondence concerning a variety of personal and professional matters, including the administration of the estate of McCarthy's friend, philosopher Hannah Arendt, and the resolution of playwright Lillian Hellman's libel suit against McCarthy. Also included is correspondence between Jovanovich and his assistants and McCarthy biographers Carol Gelderman and Frances Kiernan. Arranged chronologically.|
Series II. Mary McCarthy typescripts and Publication Materials, circa 1963-1991, bulk 1986-1991
|This series consists mainly of typescripts of McCarthy's books published by Harcourt Brace Javonovich. These include her autobiography, How I Grew, with her hand-written corrections, and The Mask of State on the Watergate affair. Also included are correspondence and other materials pertaining to the publication of these and other books. Arranged chronologically.|
Series III. Miscellaneous Materials, circa 1975-1990, bulk 1989
|This series consists of materials concerning a gift to Jovanovich from the McCarthy estate and McCarthy's final hospital visits. Also included is McCarthy's remembrance of her friend Nichola Chiaromonte and an audiotape of the memorial service for McCarthy at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City in the fall of 1989. Arranged alphabetically.|
|Folder 1.1||WJ - Mary McCarthy Letters, 1960|
|Folder 1.2||Mary McCarthy, 1966-1975|
|Folder 1.3||"Mary McCarthy," 1971-1973|
|Folder 1.4||Mary McCarthy - WJ, 1974-1984|
|Folder 1.5||Mary McCarthy - WJ, 1974-1979|
|Folder 1.6||Mary McCarthy - WJ on H.[annah] A.[rendt] Estate, 1976|
|Folder 1.7||WJ gift to M. McCarthy, 1976|
|Folder 1.8||WJ - M. McCarthy on Eliz. Y[oung]-B[rühl] biography of H.[annah] A.[rendt], 1977|
|Folder 1.9||Mary McCarthy 1982, 1979-1982|
|Folder 1.10||McCarthy - WJ: Hellman, etc., 1979-1984|
|Folder 1.11||Mary McCarthy - Hannah Arendt, 1981-1982|
|Folder 1.12||Carol Gelderman, 1981-1982|
|Folder 1.13||Mary McCarthy - WJ, 1981-1983|
|Folder 1.14||Mary McCarthy, 1981|
|Folder 1.15||Mary McCarthy, 1984-1987|
|Folder 1.16||Mary McCarthy, 1984-1989|
|Folder 1.17||Mary McCarthy - WJ Correspondence, 1985-1987|
|Folder 1.18||Mary McCarthy Papers, 1985|
|Folder 1.19||Last Days of Mary McCarthy, 1987-1990|
|Folder 1.20||WJ - Frances Kiernan, 1990-1999|
|Folder 1.21||Stones of Florence Intro. (Blur), circa 1963|
|Folder 1.22||Mary McCarthy Mask of State, 1974|
|Folder 1.23||Cannibals and Missionaries et al., 1979-1980|
|Folder 1.24||Mary McCarthy Cannibals and Missionaries, 1979 February 23|
|Folder 1.25||Mary McCarthy Manuscript - An Intellectual Autobiography or How I Grew, 1982|
|Folder 1.26||How I Grew - Ms. 1, 1986|
|Folder 1.27||How I Grew - Ms. 2, circa 1986|
|Folder 1.28||Mary McCarthy - How I Grew, 1986-1988|
|Folder 1.29||How I Grew - Vol. I - Mary McCarthy Manuscript, 1989|
|Folder 1.30||How I Grew - Vol. I - Ch. 1, circa 1989|
|Folder 1.31||Mary McCarthy - 3 Chap. - How I Grew Vol. II, 1991|
|Folder 1.32||"Mary McCarthy's Autobiography," circa 1986-1991|
|Folder 1.33||Gift From Mary McCarthy Estate, 1990|
|Folder 1.34||Mary McCarthy - Hospital, 1989|
|Folder 1.35||Mary McCarthy Memorial Service, 1989 November 8|
|Folder 1.36||Nichola Chiaromonte - Mary McCarthy, circa 1975|