Take a look inside the HarperCollins archives.

Billy Collins, William Collins Sons & Co.’s incumbent chairman, greets Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the Collins Glasgow offices as part of the company’s celebration of its 150th anniversary in 1969. More
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  • The 1940 destruction of the Collins Bridewell Place offices.
  • Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (Cover)
  • The Collins U.K. warehouse, circa 1948
  • Alistair MacLean signing books
  • Westbow
In this “Word of Apology” published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in January 1854, the Harper brothers address the devastating fire that ruined their New York City offices on Cliff Street in late 1853. More
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  • The Adams Power Press.
  • An ad promoting all of the Harper periodicals: Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s New Monthly, and Harper’s Bazaar.
  • An illustration depicting the Harper fire of 1853.
  • The original agreement between Herman Melville and Harper & Brothers for Moby-Dick, dated September 12, 1851.
  • An illustrated cover of Harper’s Weekly just after the outbreak of the Civil War, dated July 20, 1861.
Canadian author Timothy Findley’s only novella, You Went Away (1996), was based on his parents’ marriage. More
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  • Original proposal for Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes
  • Cigarette packet with Timothy Findley’s handwritten book proposal for Pilgrim
  • Pilgrim
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The Poisonwood Bible
To launch the new Canadian trade paperback imprint Totem, in September 1975, Collins Canada’s head of publicity Lucinda Vardey organized the release of hot air balloons over Toronto and neighboring suburbs. More
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  • Australian author Banjo Paterson, best known for writing “The Man from Snowy River.”
  • Original contract for Thorn-Apple Tree
  • A planning meeting at Collins Canada, circa 1940s
  • Franklin F. Appleton
  • Canadian White Circle Pocket Editions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1946) and Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan (circa late 1940s).
Prince Charles checks out The Pirate by Jayne Ann Krentz, a Harlequin Mills & Boon title, at the library in Perth, Scotland, in 1995. More
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  • Collection of books
  • The Hospital in Buwambo
  • Lawrence Heisey, a former soap salesman who was appointed president of Harlequin in 1971.
  • An advertisement for Is Sex Necessary? by James Thurber and E. B. White, published in The New York Times on January 19, 1930.
  • The Hospital in Buwambo by Anne Vinton, Harlequin’s first reprint (1957) of a Mills & Boon romance.
Signed with a paw print, this letter from “Padington” (circa 1966) was sent to Australian booksellers and sales staff, encouraging them to sell the latest Paddington title. More
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  • A Bear Called Paddington
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Michael Bond
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
Lawrence Hill’s agent, Janet Turnbull Irving, submitted this one-page summary for his as yet unwritten novel Migration to HarperCollins Canada Editor-in-Chief Iris Tupholme in 1998. More
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  • Lawrence Hill
  • The Book of Negroes
  • The Known World
  • Black Boy
  • Cigarette packet with Timothy Findley’s handwritten book proposal for Pilgrim
This 1963 marketing and publicity brochure for Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White includes a letter from White explaining how he got the idea for the story. More
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  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Stuart Little
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Marketing flyer promoting the 1946 publication of Little Fur Family, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams.
  • Where the Wild Things Are
Russell Hoban is known for his classic series about Frances, a badger who is a picky eater with a huge aversion to eggs (Bread and Jam for Frances). More
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  • Letter from Katherine White (E. B. White’s wife) regarding Stuart Little’s illustrations
  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • Original artwork suggested by Syd Hoff for Danny and the Dinosaur
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
Collins Canada employees working in the general office during the 1940s More
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  • Original contract for Thorn-Apple Tree
  • The 1940 destruction of the Collins Bridewell Place offices.
  • Employees in the Collins Canada mailroom, circa 1940s
  • A planning meeting at Collins Canada, circa 1940s
  • Internal memo from Collins Canada announcing a hot air balloon publicity stunt
Bernie and Pat Zondervan, founders of the religious publishing firm Zondervan, review some of their early publications on the silver anniversary of their company in 1956. More
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  • Bernie and Pat Zondervan outside their Grand Rapids headquarters
  • Zondervan Farmhouse
  • The Zondervan brothers
  • The 1859 license granted to William Collins and Company, giving it permission to print the Bible.
  • Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper, the first book published by Zondervan, circa 1933.
In June 1968, author John Donovan wrote to Ursula Nordstrom, head of the U.S. Harper Children’s division, asking her to read the manuscript... More
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  • A 1972 edition of William’s Doll, written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by William Pène Du Bois.
  • Letter recommending Sounder for publication
  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • Where The Wild Things Are
  • Sounder
This handwritten letter from Arnold Lobel to Ursula Nordstrom, head of the Harper Children’s division in the U.S., accompanied the submission of his manuscript for the now-classic Frog and Toad Are Friends. More
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  • Letter from Ursula Nordstrom regarding Frog and Toad Are Friends
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
  • Stuart Little
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Where the Wild Things Are
Grace Campbell’s debut novel, Thorn-Apple Tree, was one of the earliest works of fiction written by a Canadian to be published by William Collins Sons & Co. Canada Ltd. More
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  • Internal memo from Collins Canada announcing a hot air balloon publicity stunt
  • A planning meeting at Collins Canada, circa 1940s
  • The 1940 destruction of the Collins Bridewell Place offices.
  • Barometer Rising
  • Alistair MacLean signing books
A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then seventeen, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands. More
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  • Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper, the first book published by Zondervan, circa 1933.
  • The 1859 license granted to William Collins and Company, giving it permission to print the Bible.
  • Bernie and Pat Zondervan outside their Grand Rapids headquarters
  • Ursula Nordstrom.
This humorous letter from 1970 was written by Ursula Nordstrom, head of the U.S. Harper Children’s division, to Frog and Toad Are Friends author and illustrator Arnold Lobel. More
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  • Danny and the Dinosaur
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Letter from Katherine White (E. B. White’s wife) regarding Stuart Little’s illustrations
  • Original artwork suggested by Syd Hoff for Danny and the Dinosaur
Bernie and Pat Zondervan (founders of religious publishing firm Zondervan) in their first store in Grand Rapids in 1933, shortly before they began publishing books. More
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  • Zondervan Farmhouse
  • Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper, the first book published by Zondervan, circa 1933.
  • Bernie and Pat Zondervan outside their Grand Rapids headquarters
  • The 1859 license granted to William Collins and Company, giving it permission to print the Bible.
  • The Zondervans on their silver anniversary
A copy of the first book ever published by Mills & Boon, Arrows from the Dark by Sophie Cole (1909), signed by Messrs. Gerald Mills and Charles Boon. More
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  • The Hospital in Buwambo by Anne Vinton, Harlequin’s first reprint (1957) of a Mills & Boon romance.
  • An advertisement for Is Sex Necessary? by James Thurber and E. B. White, published in The New York Times on January 19, 1930.
  • Prince Charles reading a Harlequin Mills & Boon title
  • The Hospital in Buwambo
  • Collection of books
This letter from E. B. White’s wife, Katharine White, to Ursula Nordstrom, head of the U.S. Harper Children’s division, expresses her husband’s excitement... More
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  • Stuart Little
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
When acclaimed illustrator Garth Williams was commissioned to create new illustrations for Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, he traveled west to see the actual sites Wilder referred to in her writings and to meet Laura herself. More
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  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Marketing flyer promoting the 1946 publication of Little Fur Family, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams.
  • Charlotte’s Web
A handwritten page from the original manuscript of “The Man from Snowy River” by Banjo Paterson. More
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  • The Angus & Robertson bookshop in Sydney (1916).
  • Australian author Banjo Paterson, best known for writing “The Man from Snowy River.”
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The logo and address for J. & J. Harper Publishers
John Gray sent 330 pages of his manuscript for Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus to his editor Susan Moldow on September 25, 1991, accompanied by this handwritten note. More
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  • First edition of I’m OK—You’re OK by Thomas A. Harris from 1969.
  • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. A Practical Guide for Imporving Communcation and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships. Jhn Gray, Ph.D. (Cover)
  • I’m OK—You’re OK
  • Flow
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
This letter from Agatha Christie (here signing with her second married name, Mallowan) shows the close relationship she had with Collins publisher Billy Collins. More
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  • Agatha Christie
  • Agatha Christie.
  • Agatha Christie and Collins enjoying a drink at a party.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • And Then There Were None
In this photograph, Charles H. Sweeny, Editorial and Production, F. F. Appleton, publisher (center), and Margaret V. Paull, staff artist and typographer, plan the first Canadian production of Little Grey Rabbit Books. More
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  • Canadian White Circle Pocket Editions of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1946) and Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan (circa late 1940s).
  • Australian author Banjo Paterson, best known for writing “The Man from Snowy River.”
  • Internal memo from Collins Canada announcing a hot air balloon publicity stunt
  • Original contract for Thorn-Apple Tree
  • Employees in the Collins Canada mailroom, circa 1940s
Collins Canada employees working in the general office during the 1940s More
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  • Employees in the Collins Canada general office, circa 1940s
  • A planning meeting at Collins Canada, circa 1940s
  • The 1940 destruction of the Collins Bridewell Place offices.
  • Original contract for Thorn-Apple Tree
  • Internal memo from Collins Canada announcing a hot air balloon publicity stunt
This stamp from Canada Post was created in 2000 to honor Harlequin’s history in the country. More
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  • Harlequin (Logo)
  • Brochure from the 2009 celebration of Debbie Macomber’s fictional town of Cedar Cove
  • Collection of books
  • Virgin River
  • A collection of titles published by Harlequin.
Illustrator Syd Hoff sent these sketches to Ursula Nordstrom, head of the U.S. Harper Children’s division, as suggestions for the now-classic Danny and the Dinosaur. More
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  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Letter from Katherine White (E. B. White’s wife) regarding Stuart Little’s illustrations
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Stuart Little