Curtis publishing company

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Publishing firm specializing in periodicals, including Ladies' Home Journal, Saturday Evening Post, and Country Gentleman, founded by Cyrus H.K. Curtis (1850-1933).

From the description of Curtis Publishing Company records, circa 1887-1960. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155905462

Cyrus H. Curtis, a pioneer of modern magazine publishing in the United States, established the Curtis Publishing Company in 1891 in Philadelphia. Prior to this, Cyrus Curtis started his career by publishing a local weekly in Portland, Oregon, until a fire destroyed the plant. He later moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he started to publish The People's Ledger magazine. He continued to publish the magazine after he moved to Philadelphia in 1876. The Curtis Publishing Company became one of the most influential publishing companies in the United States during the early 20th century, having published Ladies Home Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, Holiday, The American Home, Jack & Jill, and Country Gentleman.

From the description of Curtis Publishing Company records, ca. 1891- ca. 1968. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 419517916

The Curtis Publishing Company was organized by Cyrus H. K. Curtis in Philadelphia in June 1891. Curtis had published the Ladies' Home Journal since 1883. He purchased the Saturday Evening Post in 1897 and The County Gentleman in 1911.

From the description of Records, 1912-1920. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122573140

Curtis Publishing Company was founded by Cyrus H. Curtis in 1890. Curtis started a weekly magazine in Boston, The people's ledger in 1872 and moved the paper to Philadelphia in 1876. He sold it in 1878 and began a farm family paper, Tribune and farmer (1878-1885), the following year. The ladies' home journal became a paper in its own right in 1883, having grown out of the women's section of the Tribune. The circulation of the Journal grew to 1 million in 10 years.

In 1897, Curtis bought the Saturday evening post for $1,000 and sales rose from 2,000 copies to 2.7 million in 1911. Curtis acquired the Country gentleman in 1911. He also entered the newspaper field but this venture proved unsuccessful. Curtis was also interested in music and donated substanially to its development in Philadelphia.

From the description of Letters, 1920-1922. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122525988

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referencedIn Curtis Mutual Benefit Society. Correspondence to Franklin Baldwin Wiley, 1904-1913. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf A.H. Roffe & Co. Trade catalogs of booksellers, 1877-1962. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Correspondence to Franklin Baldwin Wiley, 1905-1911. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Records, 1957-1959. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Rochford, Daniel, 1900-1989. Papers, 1925-1983. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions archives, 1810-1961. Houghton Library
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Letters, 1920-1922. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Blair, Clay, 1925-1998. Papers, 1575-1998 (bulk 1945-1998). Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn MacGregor, Charles D. Papers, 1934-1963. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Papers, 1856-1994 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Curtis Publishing Company records, circa 1887-1960. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Administrative Records, 1941-1952. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Curtis Publishing Company records, ca. 1891- ca. 1968. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Typed letter from the Saturday evening post, Philadelphia, to William Jefferson Winter, New York [manuscript], 1907 November 12. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Wiley, Franklin Baldwin, b. 1861. Franklin Baldwin Wiley papers, 1879-1929. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Schanche, Donald Arthur, 1926-1994. Don A. Schanche papers, 1937-1994. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Edward William Bok Papers, 1880-1926, (bulk 1920-1925) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn History of Indiana University, 1968-1981 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Trade literature, 1948-1956. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Williams, Robert Gray, 1878-1946. Papers, 1856-1946. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Correspondence to Chaim Potok, 1967. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Wilmington Trust Company. Trust Dept. Investment analysis files ("C"), 1909-1959 (bulk 1931-1954). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Curtis, Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar, 1850-1933. Papers, 1912-1938. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Dowdey, Clifford, 1904-1979. Papers of Clifford Dowdey [manuscript], 1941-1967. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dowdey, Clifford, 1904-1979. Papers, 1941-1967. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Donald Barker Papers, 1902-1922, 1913-1914 The Huntington Library
referencedIn Bok, Curtis, 1897-1962,. William Curtis Bok and Nellie Lee Holt Bok papers 1836-1991 1905-1984. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Ellis, Richard Williamson, 1894-1982. Papers, 1916-1977. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Gould, Bruce, 1898-. Bruce and Beatrice Blackmar Gould correspondence, 1909-1967 (bulk 1950-1960). Princeton University Library
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Letter,1900, Jan 2, Philadelphia, Pa. [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, Staten Island, N.Y. / Benjamin Northrop. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Letter, 1912, march 2, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, Staten Island, New York / S.E. Martin, Secretary to Mr. Curtis. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930. Edward William Bok papers, 1880-1926 (bulk 1920-1925). Library of Congress
referencedIn Arthur Ernest Morgan papers concerning Edward Bellamy, 1912-1944. Houghton Library
creatorOf Pipes, Jeanette Botkin. Papers, 1917-1929. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Clay Blair Papers, 1575-1998, 1945-1998 Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Curtis Publishing Company. Records, 1912-1920. Hagley Museum & Library
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associatedWith Alexander, William Valentine. person
associatedWith American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. corporateBody
correspondedWith Barker, Donald, 1902-1922 person
associatedWith Blair, Clay, 1925-1998. person
associatedWith Bok, Curtis, 1897-1962, person
associatedWith Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930. person
associatedWith Clay Blair, 1925- person
associatedWith Curtis, Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar, 1850-1933. person
associatedWith Curtis Mutual Benefit Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Dowdey, Clifford, 1904-1979. person
associatedWith Ellis, Richard Williamson, 1894-1982. person
associatedWith Gause, J. Taylor person
associatedWith Gould, Bruce, 1898- person
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith Lorimer, Wright. person
associatedWith MacGregor, Charles D. person
correspondedWith Marge, 1904- person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940, person
correspondedWith Morgan, Arthur Ernest, 1878-1975 person
associatedWith Parlin, Charles C. 1898- person
associatedWith Pipes, Jeanette Botkin. person
associatedWith Rochford, Daniel, 1900-1989. person
correspondedWith Schanche, Donald Arthur, 1926-1994. person
associatedWith Unitarian Service Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
associatedWith Wiley, Franklin Baldwin, b. 1861. person
associatedWith Williams, Robert Gray, 1878-1946. person
associatedWith Wilmington Trust Company. Trust Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
correspondedWith Winter, William Jefferson, 1878-1929 person
associatedWith Youker, Henry Sherwood. person
associatedWith Young, Robert, 1927-2008, person
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Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject
Publishers and Publishing
Newspapers--Industries--19th century
Advertising, Magazine
Stock ownership
Prize contests in advertising
Journalism--Editing
Corporate reorganization
Periodical vendors
Periodicals--Circulation
Newspapers--Industries--20th century
Market surveys
Sales personnel
Sales management
Magazine publishing
Periodicals--Publishing
Periodicals--Marketing
Journalism--Study and teaching
Saving and investment
Periodicals
Occupation
Activity
Periodical vendors

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