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Memorandum of Agreement

Description:

Contract between Theodore Roosevelt and G. P. Putnam's Sons to publish Hunting Trips of a Ranchman.

Resource Type: Legal document

Subject: Publishers and publishing; G.P. Putnam's Sons; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1885-03-21

The pirate publisher - an international burlesque that has has the longest run on record

Description:

A man, identified as the "Pirate Publisher," stands at center with one foot on a large book labeled "Law." He is wearing 17th century court dress, a large hat with four plumes labeled "American, French, German, [and] English," and a long cape that appears to be made from the title pages of pirated works of literature; and he is carrying two moneybags. Authors from "America, Germany, France, [and] England" form a half-circle behind him, including "Mark Twain, C. D. Warner, G. W. Cable, E. C. Stedman, F. Brete Hart [i.e., Bret Harte], J. Hay, O. W. Holmes, F. R. Stockton, J. G. Whittier, T. B. Aldrich, W. D. Howells, J. R. Lowell, Heyse, Ebers, Scheffel, Zola, Sardou, A. Daudet, Jules Verne, Gilbert, Browning, Burnard, Hughes, Tennyson, [and] W. Collins." Some hold papers labeled "James Payn, Louis Carroll, Thomas Hardy, [and] R. L. Stevenson." They are accusing the man of illegally publishing their work without compensating them, while the man maintains that he has a legal right to publish their books. There is a jack-in-the-box labeled "The Hugh Conway Posthumous Producer." The jack holds a knife in one hand and a gun in the other. Includes choruses "of British Authors...French Victims...German and other Sufferers, [and] Humble American Authors."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Copyright, International; Copyright infringement; Authors, American; Authors, English; Authors, French; Authors, German; Publishers and publishing; Jack-in-the-box

Date: 1886-02-24

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to the Houghton Mifflin Company

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt asks that his book The life of Thomas Hart Benton be sent to three people listed.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Authors and publishers; Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858; Tebbets, John Sever

Date: 1887-01-08?

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to the Houghton Mifflin Company

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt asks that his book Gouverneur Morris be sent to the people listed.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Authors and publishers

Date: 1888-02-25

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to the Houghton Mifflin Company

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt never received the proofs. But if the publisher is in a hurry, they need not send it.

Resource Type: Postcard

Subject: Manuscripts; Publishing

Date: 1888-02-28

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to the Houghton Mifflin Company

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt asks that the index be completed and sent to him.  He also asks that they send books to those on the list out of his allotted free copies.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Authors and publishers; Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816

Date: 1888-03-08?

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to the Houghton Mifflin Company

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt points out some mistakes in the proofs, asks if they can be put in an errata, and thanks them for the copies of Gouverneur Morris.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Authors and publishers

Date: 1888-04-13

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Edmund Clarence Stedman

Description:

Commissioner Roosevelt suggests that Edmund Clarence Stedman contact Putnam's to loan a copy of Hunting Trips of a Ranchman. Stedman might also want to consult Essays on Practical Politics and what Roosevelt believes to be his best work, Winning of the West. He is sending the sixth report of the Civil Service Commission, which he wrote.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Books and reading; Authors and publishers; United States Civil Service Commission

Date: 1890-01-13

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Richard Watson Gilder

Description:

Civil Service Commissioner Roosevelt inquires if anything on Kit Carson's life is to be published.  Roosevelt describes Carson with admiration and writes that he should not be forgotten.  He also suggests that Henry Cabot Lodge would write an article and makes several other suggestions regarding possible articles.  Roosevelt promises to writes his three articles about hunting and expresses hope that the copyright bill will go through.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Publishers and publishing; Legislation; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924; Carson, Kit, 1809-1868

Date: 1890-03-30

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Richard Watson Gilder

Description:

Civil Service Commissioner Roosevelt proposes an article, co-written with Henry Cabot Lodge, about immigration in the United States.  Roosevelt also presents an idea for an article in which he will criticize reverence for literary works simply because they are old.  He uses Demosthenes and Cicero versus President Lincoln's Gettysburg speech as an example.  Roosevelt also inquires about his other submissions.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Publishers and publishing; Emigration and immigration; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924

Date: 1893-04-01

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