Take a look inside the HarperCollins archives.

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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  • An ad promoting all of the Harper periodicals: Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s New Monthly, and Harper’s Bazaar.
  • The Adams Power Press.
  • An illustration depicting the Harper fire of 1853.
  • A 1900 letter from Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) to Harper & Brothers confirming their publishing agreement.
  • The original agreement between Herman Melville and Harper & Brothers for Moby-Dick, dated September 12, 1851.
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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  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • 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
  • Charlotte’s Web
B. White (Andy) writes to his editor Eugene Saxton (Gene), presenting his manuscript for Stuart Little... More
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  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
  • Marketing flyer promoting the 1946 publication of Little Fur Family, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams.
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Stuart Little by E. B. White (1945).
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).
  • Original contract for Thorn-Apple Tree
  • 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
  • Franklin F. Appleton
Collins Canada employees working in the general office during the 1940s More
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  • Original contract for Thorn-Apple Tree
  • A planning meeting at Collins Canada, circa 1940s
  • Employees in the Collins Canada mailroom, circa 1940s
  • The 1940 destruction of the Collins Bridewell Place offices.
  • Internal memo from Collins Canada announcing a hot air balloon publicity stunt
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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  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • Stuart Little
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Letter from E. B. White regarding Stuart Little
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.
  • The Committee on Bible Translation scholars.
  • The New King james Bible New Testament (Cover)
This stamp from Canada Post was created in 2000 to honor Harlequin’s history in the country. More
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  • Harlequin (Logo)
  • Collection of books
  • Anne O'Brien
  • Virgin River
  • Strange Loves of a seaman The Manatee by Nancy Bruff
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
  • Barometer Rising
Collins Canada employees working in the general office during the 1940s More
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  • Original contract for Thorn-Apple Tree
  • A planning meeting at Collins Canada, circa 1940s
  • Employees in the Collins Canada general office, circa 1940s
  • The 1940 destruction of the Collins Bridewell Place offices.
  • Internal memo from Collins Canada announcing a hot air balloon publicity stunt
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 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.
  • Anne O'Brien
  • The Perfect Neighbor
Crates of books sit in the Collins warehouse ready for distribution all over the world—from Johannesburg to Jerusalem to Madagascar. More
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  • William Collins II.
  • The 1940 destruction of the Collins Bridewell Place offices.
  • Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Collins Glasgow offices
  • Alistair MacLean signing books
  • The 1859 license granted to William Collins and Company, giving it permission to print the Bible.
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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  • Michael Bond
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • A Bear Called Paddington
In August 2009, the real town of Port Orchard, Washington (bestselling romance author Debbie Macomber’s hometown), turned itself into Macomber’s fictional town of Cedar Cove for five days... More
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  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Virgin River
  • Anne O'Brien
  • Robyn Carr
  • Sarah Morgan
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.
  • I’m OK—You’re OK
  • 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)
  • Flow
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Stella Miles Franklin submitted this letter along with the manuscript of her first novel, My Brilliant Career, to Angus & Robertson in Australia, in March 1899, when she was just nineteen years old. 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.”
  • The Man from Snowy River
  • The logo and address for J. & J. Harper Publishers
  • A&R LTD Logo
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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  • Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper, the first book published by Zondervan, circa 1933.
  • Zondervan Farmhouse
  • Bernie and Pat Zondervan outside their Grand Rapids headquarters
  • The Zondervans on their silver anniversary
  • The 1859 license granted to William Collins and Company, giving it permission to print the Bible.
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.
  • Anne O'Brien
  • The Hospital in Buwambo
  • Collection of books
  • Prince Charles reading a Harlequin Mills & Boon title
In this Western Union telegram dated September 14, 1967, from Cass Canfield Jr. (an editor at Harper) to Carmen Balcells (the agent of Gabriel García Márquez)... More
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  • Telegram dated October 21, 1982, in which Harper editor Cass Canfield Jr. congratulates Gabriel García Márquez on winning the Pulitzer Prize for One Hundred Years of Solitude.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez. One Hundred Years of Solitude. (Cover)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Editions of Color by Countee Cullen (1925), The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2003), Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks (1949), and a 1978 edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1934).
  • The cover of the Fall 1993/Winter 1994 Amistad catalog.
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
  • The 1859 license granted to William Collins and Company, giving it permission to print the Bible.
  • Zondervan Farmhouse
  • Women of the Old Testament by Abraham Kuyper, the first book published by Zondervan, circa 1933.
  • The Zondervan brothers
While at lunch with his editor, Iris Tupholme, Canadian author Timothy Findley reached into his pocket to read from a note that he had written on the inside flap of his cigarette package. More
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  • Original proposal for Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes
  • Candy package with Timothy Findley’s plans for his novella You Went Away
  • Pilgrim
  • Lawrence Hill
  • The Poisonwood Bible
Sam Moore was the founder of Royal Publishing, which acquired Thomas Nelson in 1969 and adopted its name. More
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  • The Thomas Nelson office on Paternoster Row in London.
  • A selection of Bibles (including the NIV and NKJV) published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
  • The New King james Bible New Testament (Cover)
  • Sam Moore
  • The logo and address for J. & J. Harper Publishers
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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  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Letter from Arnold Lobel regarding Frog and Toad Are Friends
  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • Original artwork suggested by Syd Hoff for Danny and the Dinosaur
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
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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  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • A 1972 edition of William’s Doll, written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by William Pène Du Bois.
  • Letter recommending Sounder for publication
  • Sounder
  • An advertisement for Is Sex Necessary? by James Thurber and E. B. White, published in The New York Times on January 19, 1930.
In this letter to Collins publisher Billy Collins, dated November 1954, C. S. Lewis—author of The Chronicles of Narnia series, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters, among others—outlines what he sees as his three types of “literary output”: “A. Religious and General. B. Fiction. C. Academic.” More
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  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • The Inklings.
  • Mere Christianity
  • A 1961 edition of The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
Here you can see the progression of the cover art for the Collins Crime Club title Nothing is the Number When You Die by Joan Fleming (circa 1940s). More
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  • Crime Club: Sign of Good Detective Novel
  • The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner (William Morrow, 1933) and The Corpse in the Green Pyjamas by R. A. J. Walling (Avon Books, 1941).
  • The Woman in White
  • And Then There Were None
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Old Yeller is the beloved tale of a boy and his loyal, clever, “big yeller” dog. More
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  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • Beezus and Ramona
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Stuart Little
  • Little House on the Prairie