Take a look inside the HarperCollins archives.

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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  • 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
  • The Hospital in Buwambo
  • The Hospital in Buwambo by Anne Vinton, Harlequin’s first reprint (1957) of a Mills & Boon romance.
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).
  • Internal memo from Collins Canada announcing a hot air balloon publicity stunt
  • Australian author Banjo Paterson, best known for writing “The Man from Snowy River.”
  • Original contract for Thorn-Apple Tree
  • Employees in the Collins Canada mailroom, circa 1940s
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
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Michael Bond
  • 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)
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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  • Original artwork suggested by Syd Hoff for Danny and the Dinosaur
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
  • Stuart Little
  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
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.
  • Sam Moore
  • The New King james Bible New Testament (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
  • Candy package with Timothy Findley’s plans for his novella You Went Away
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
  • 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
  • The Zondervans on their silver anniversary
Harper editor and chairman of the board Cass Canfield sent this letter, dated April 10, 1951, to Eleanor Roosevelt... More
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  • Profiles in Courage
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • A page from the Fall 1937 Harper & Brothers catalog touting This Is My Story by Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • The Downing Street Years
  • A Time to Heal by Gerald R. Ford (1979).
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.”
  • Middlemarch
  • The logo and address for J. & J. Harper Publishers
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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  • Danny and the Dinosaur
  • Letter from Katherine White (E. B. White’s wife) regarding Stuart Little’s illustrations
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Letter from Ursula Nordstrom regarding Frog and Toad Are Friends
  • Virginia Kirkus.
Canadian author Timothy Findley’s only novella, You Went Away (1996), was based on his parents’ marriage. More
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  • Cigarette packet with Timothy Findley’s handwritten book proposal for Pilgrim
  • Original proposal for Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes
  • Pilgrim
  • Lawrence Hill
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
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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  • Queen Elizabeth II visiting the Collins Glasgow offices
  • The 1940 destruction of the Collins Bridewell Place offices.
  • William Collins II.
  • Alistair MacLean signing books
  • The logo and address for J. & J. Harper Publishers
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
  • A&R LTD Logo
  • The logo and address for J. & J. Harper Publishers
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)
  • A 1961 edition of The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis.
  • Mere Christianity
  • The Inklings.
  • Agatha Christie
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
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures bt Maurice Sendak. an I CAN READ book. (Cover)
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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  • Anne O'Brien
  • Virgin River
  • 16 Lighthouse Road
  • Susan Mallery
  • Gena Showalter
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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  • Letter from Arnold Lobel regarding Frog and Toad Are Friends
  • Letter from Katherine White (E. B. White’s wife) regarding Stuart Little’s illustrations
  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Charlotte’s Web
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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  • A planning meeting at Collins Canada, circa 1940s
  • Internal memo from Collins Canada announcing a hot air balloon publicity stunt
  • A 1972 edition of William’s Doll, written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by William Pène Du Bois.
  • Employees in the Collins Canada general office, circa 1940s
  • Australian author Banjo Paterson, best known for writing “The Man from Snowy River.”
Agatha Christie, known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime, is the best-selling novelist in history, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. More
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  • Agatha Christie.
  • Letter from Agatha Christie
  • Agatha Christie and Collins enjoying a drink at a party.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • And Then There Were None
The day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (April 5, 1968), Harper honorary director Cass Canfield sent this telegram... More
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  • Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt regarding a new autobiographical book
  • A leader of his people tells The Montgomery Story. Stride Toward Freedom by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Cover)
  • Profiles in Courage
  • Native Son (Cover)
  • A page from the Fall 1937 Harper & Brothers catalog touting This Is My Story by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Old Yeller is the beloved tale of a boy and his loyal, clever, “big yeller” dog. More
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  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • Sounder
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Beezus and Ramona
  • Stuart Little
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
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Stuart Little by E. B. White (1945).
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.
  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • Letter recommending Sounder for publication
  • Sounder
  • Where The Wild Things Are
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)
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Virginia Kirkus.
  • Marketing flyer promoting the 1946 publication of Little Fur Family, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams.
This original illustration by Italian artist Giorgio de Gasperi was used as cover art for a 1965 edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe published by Collins in the U.K. More
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  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
  • The Inklings.
  • A 1961 edition of The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis.
  • Michael Bond
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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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez. One Hundred Years of Solitude. (Cover)
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • A Time to Heal by Gerald R. Ford (1979).