Finding Aid for the Conference Press Records, 1936-1946

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2000
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Conference Press Records, 1936-1946

Collection number: 1379

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, June 1989
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, June 2002
© 2000 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Conference Press Records,
Date (inclusive): 1936-1946
Collection number: 1379
Creator: Conference Press
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: The Conference Press was spontaneously formed in the 1930s when three UCLA students visited William Saroyan at a Hollywood film studio. In 1936, the Press published Saroyan's Three Times Three, a collection of short stories. One of the stories, The Man With His Heart in the Highlands, went on to become a successful Broadway play. The collection consists of the typescript, proofcopy and copy of Three Times Three, correspondence, publicity and reviews, photographs and miscellaneous clippings.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Conference Press Records (Collection 1379). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

The Conference Press was spontaneously formed in the 1930s when three UCLA students visited Saroyan at a Hollywood film studio; all three were on the editorial staff of the Daily Bruin newspaper: Hal Levy (publisher of Westwood Scene), Gil Harrison (former editor), and Bill Okie (student of Max Reinhardt); in 1936 the Press published William Saroyan's Three Times Three, a collection of short stories, each with a preface by the author; one of the stories, The Man With His Heart in the Highlands, went on to become a successful Broadway play.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the typescript, proofcopy and copy in uncut sheets of Three times three; correspondence of the Press relating to distribution, copyright, and publicity; dated and undated correspondence to and from Saroyan; publicity and reviews of Three Times Three; and photographs and miscellaneous clippings. Also includes some business materials, a card index for Friends of the Conference Press, and correspondence related to Gertrude Stein's What Are Masterpieces? published by the Press.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. William Saroyan's Three Times Three (Box 1).
  2. Office records (Box 2).
  3. Gertrude Stein's What Are Masterpieces? (Box 2).
  4. Original cover design of Three Times Three (Box 3, oversize).
  5. Card index for Friends of the Conference Press (Box 2).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Saroyan, William, 1908- .
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946.
Conference Press--Archives.
Authors, American--20th century.
Publishers and publishing--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Manuscripts for publication.
Online resources.
Saroyan, William, 1908- -- Three Times Three.


Container Listing

 

Saroyan, William. Three Times Three 1936

 

Author Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

Saroyan, William - letters from, December 12, 1936.

Box 1, Folder 2

Saroyan, William - letters from, March 9, 1937.

Box 1, Folder 3

Saroyan, William - letters from, August 23, 1937.

Box 1, Folder 4

Saroyan, William - letters from, August 23, 1937.

Box 1, Folder 5

Saroyan, William - letters from, September 13, 1937.

Box 1, Folder 6

Saroyan, William - letters from, August 29, 1938.

Box 1, Folder 7

Saroyan, William - letters from, October 10, 1938.

Box 1, Folder 8

Saroyan, William - letters from, November 20, 1938.

Box 1, Folders 9-13

Saroyan, William - letters from, n.d.

 

Business Records

Box 1, Folder 14

Relating to Certificate of fictitious name.

Box 1, Folder 34

Invoices and correspondence with booksellers, etc. A - B, 1936-1940.

Box 1, Folder 35

Invoices and correspondence with booksellers, etc. C - L, 1936-1939.

Box 1, Folder 36

Invoices and correspondence with booksellers, etc. M - R, 1936-1940.

Box 1, Folder 37

Invoices and correspondence with booksellers, etc. S - Z, 1936-1938.

 

Manuscript Material

Box 1, Folder 16

Three Times Three. Subway circus etcetera, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 17

Three Times Three. Introduction, November 1936.

Box 1, Folder 18

Three Times Three. Subway circus etcetera. Preface, November 17, 1936.

Box 1, Folder 19

Three Times Three. Introductory notes to selections, n.d.

Box 1, Folders 20-21

Three Times Three, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

My grandmother (an excerpt from the chapter "The Living and the Dead" from the book Three Times Three), by William Saroyan
Box 1, Folder 22

Three Times Three. Introductory note to The question, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 23

Three Times Three(?). Untitled notes with headings: Barrelhouse, Baby, Beggars. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 24

Three Times Three(?). Untitled notes, n.d.

 

Post-Publication Material

Box 1, Folder 29

Laughlin, James - letters from, February 17, 1937.

Box 1, Folder 30

Laughlin, James - letters from, April 16, 1937.

Box 1, Folder 31

Printed announcements.

Box 1, Folder 32

Order blank.

Box 1, Folder 33

List of those sent review copies.

Box 2, Folder 1

Letter to: Rush Hughes, NBC, December 8, 1937.

Box 2, Folder 2

Draft letter(?) to: Dear Mr. Nesbitt, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 3

Photographs, ca. 1937.

Box 2, Folder 4

Negatives, ca. 1937.

Box 2, Folder 5

Articles announcing the book, about the Conference Press, etc. and clippings.

Box 2, Folder 6

Reviews. Clippings, January-December 1936.

Box 2, Folder 7

Reviews. Clippings, January 1937.

Box 2, Folder 8

Reviews. Clippings, February 1937.

Box 2, Folder 9

Articles about Saroyan.

Box 2, Folder 10

Playbills of Saroyan's plays, etc.

 

Publication Material

Box 1, Folder 15

Letters to U.S. Copyright office, with printed forms.

Box 1, Folder 25

Three Times Three.

Physical Description: Page proofs.
Box 1, Folder 26

Three Times Three. [Introductory notes]

Physical Description: Galley proofs.
Box 1, Folder 27

Three Times Three.

Physical Description: [uncut and unbound leaves]
Box 1, Folder 28

Design for stamping cloth binding, design for title on title page.

Box 3

Design for stamping cloth binding.

 

Office Records

 

Business Records

Box 2, Folder 11

Letterhead samples, business cards.

 

Stein, Gertrude. What Are Masterpieces?1940

 

Post-Publication Material

Box 2, Folder 15

Porter, Bern - letters from, 1940.

Box 2, Folder 16

Laughlin, James - letters from, 1940-1941.

Box 2, Folder 17

Rahv, Philip - letters from, 1945-1946.

Box 2, Folder 18

Saroyan, William - letter from, November 19, 1940.

 

Publication Material

Box 2, Folder 12

Laughlin, James - letters from, 1937.

Box 2, Folder 13

Laughlin, James - letters from, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 14

Cerf, Bennett - letter from, July 25, 1940.