Dodd, Mead & Company.

Alternative names

Hide Profile

In 1839 Moses W. Dodd purchased an interest in a New York publishing firm established by John S. Taylor. The following year he severed his connection with Taylor and continued alone until his retirement in 1870. He was succeeded by his son, Frank H. Dodd, who, with his cousin Edward S. Mead, formed the firm Dodd & Mead. A retail department was added to the firm and in 1876 Bleecker Van Wagnen was taken as a partner. The firm was then renamed Dodd, Mead & Company.

From the guide to the Dodd, Mead mss., 1855-1992, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington) http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly)

The publisher, Dodd, Mead and Company, was begun in New York City in 1839 as the firm, Taylor and Dodd and continued publishing until 1990.

From the description of Dodd, Mead & Company archive, 1896-1974. (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 657821227

The publisher, Dodd, Mead and Company, was begun in New York City in 1839 as the firm, Taylor and Dodd and continued publishing until 1990.

Founded by Moses Woodruff Dodd and John S. Taylor, the publishing firm of Dodd, Mead & Co. originally published religious books. In 1840 Dodd bought out his partner and established the company as M. W. Dodd. The company was to evolve through two further changes in its name. In 1870, when Dodd’s nephew Edward S. Mead took over the firm, the publisher became Dodd and Mead. In 1876 Bleecker Van Wagenen became a partner and the name was changed to its final form, Dodd, Mead and Company.

Obligations of the World to the Bible, A Series of Lectures to Young Men (1839) was the first book published by Dodd. Although religious works dominated the early publication lists of M. W. Dodd, by the 1870s Frank Dodd, the son of Moses Dodd, had done much to change the emphasis of the publisher to a more general list. Early publications of popular fiction included Martha Finley’s Elsie Dinsmore and Edward P. Roe’s Barriers Burned Away . Edward S. Mead, a partner in Dodd, Mead, was also a writer for the company. He wrote a number of books for children and adults under the pseudonym Richard Markham. Through the 1890s and early 1900s Dodd, Mead and Company expanded publications to include a variety of British and American authors including: G. K. Chesterton, Jerome K. Jerome, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Paul Leicester Ford, George Barr McCutcheon, Hamilton Wright Mabie, and Agatha Christie.

In the late 1890s Dodd, Mead and Company introduced the work of a number of new poets including Robert W. Service, Bliss Carman, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. This archive is comprised of the contracts and correspondence between Dunbar, a prominent Black American poet, and Dodd, Mead. Dunbar’s Lyrics of Lowly Life was published in 1896, followed by Poems of Cabin and Field (1899), Lyrics of the Hearthside (1899), and a novel, The Sport of the Gods (1902).

During the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s Dodd, Mead and Company published a number of anthologies of Negro poetry, folklore, essays, stories, and humor. This archive contains contracts and permission files related to those publications. Some of the anthologies and their editors include: We Speak of Liberators (1970) and What We Must See edited by Orde Coombs, The Book of Negro Folklore (1958, 1969) edited by Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes, 3000 Years of Black Poetry (1969) edited by Lomax and Abdul, The Book of Negro Humor (1966) edited by Langston Hughes, and The Harlem Renaissance Remembered (1972) edited by Arna Bontemps.

The business operations of Dodd, Mead and Company were suspended in March 1989 pending the outcome of arbitration with its fulfillment house, Metro Services Inc. By the end of 1990 the company ceased publications.

Gregory Ames, "Dodd, Mead and Company," Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 49: American Literary Publishing Houses, 1638-1899 (Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1986). pp. 126-130. Calvin Reid, "Dodd, Mead Operations Suspended over Arbitration," Publishers Weekly, March 31, 1989. p. 11.

From the guide to the Dodd, Mead & Company archive, 1896–1974, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Publisher.

In 1839 Moses W. Dodd purchased an interest in a New York publishing firm established by John S. Taylor. The following year he severed his connection with Taylor and continued alone until his retirement in 1870. He was succeeded by his son, Frank H. Dodd, who, with his cousin Edward S. Mead, formed the firm Dodd & Mead. A retail department was added to the firm and in 1876 Bleecker Van Wagnen was taken as a partner. The firm was then renamed Dodd, Mead & Company.

From the description of Papers, 1855-1992. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 58916842

These are the papers of the publishing house in which Moses Woodruff Dodd (1813-1899) and his son Frank Howard Dodd (1844-1916) were involved. Moses Dodd was born in Bloomfield, N.J. and graduated from Princeton in 1837. Afterwards he studied in preparation for the Presbyterian ministry, but poor eyesight caused him to quit.

In 1839 Moses Dodd bought an interest in the publishing house of John S. Taylor, but in 1840, when it became clear that the company was in financial difficulty, Dodd started his own bookselling and publishing business. Many of the books Dodd published reflected his own interests in religious and moral subjects.

Moses Dodd's son Frank joined the company in 1859 and he became increasingly involved in its operation. When Moses Dodd retired on January 1, 1870, Frank Howard Dodd went into partnership with Moses's nephew Edward S. Mead (1845-1894). The company published an increasing variety of material including children's books and fiction, and had particular commercial successes with works by Martha Finley (1828-1909) and Edward P. Roe (1838-1888).

From the description of Business records, 1836-1939. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207130716

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence, 1907 Nov. 23-Nov. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence with Belle Greene, 1907 Sept. 26-Oct. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1954-1970. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence, 1907 July 31-Aug. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Graham, Alice Walworth. Alice Walworth Graham papers, 1884-1992 (bulk 1922-1975). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Belle Greene, 1909 Dec. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed, 1909 Aug. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead and Company fonds. -- McMaster University
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Autograph letter signed : Livingston to Belle Greene, 1909 Aug. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Belle Greene, 1909 Aug. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : from Robert Dodd to Junius Spencer Morgan, 1907 Sept. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Papers on "The future of political science in America," 1933-1940. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Pierpont Morgan, 1908 Jan. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead mss., 1855-1992 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn Walter Terry papers, 1913-1982 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937. Edith Wharton collection, 1868-1981 (inclusive). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence, 1907 Feb. 25-Mar. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Inventory of the General Alvord Van Patten Anderson Papers: Ragan MSS 00146., 1886-1976. Cushing Memorial Library,
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Platt, Sherman Phelps, 1918-. Reminiscences of Sherman Phelps Platt, Jr. : oral history, 1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence, 1907 June 5-12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf William Edwin Rudge (Firm). Correspondence with Edward Larocque Tinker, 1926-1927. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter, 1902 November 28, New York City [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham,[Staten Island] / Ross. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Autograph File, P, 1554-2005. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter, 1907 Feb. 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf McCutcheon, George Barr, 1866-1928. McCutcheon/Dodd, Mead mss. : papers, 1903-1944. Indiana University
creatorOf Blackmore, R. D. (Richard Doddridge), 1825-1900. Letters of R.D. Blackmore, 1892-1897. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Correspondence, literary manuscripts, sound recordings, and other material, 1873-2001. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Loula Grace Erdman. Texas Woman's University Library, Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
referencedIn Andrews, William Loring, 1837-1920. Collection of scrapbooks and associated materials relating to the book arts, 1867-1920. Grolier Club
creatorOf Besant, Walter, Sir, 1836-1901. Papers of Sir Walter Besant [manuscript], 1888-1922 bulk 1888-1901). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Dodd, Mead & Company archive, 1896-1974. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Form letter, 1907 Jan. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Edith Wharton collection, 1868-1981 (inclusive) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970. Papers of John Dos Passos [manuscript], 1896-1970. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence, 1907 Oct. 10-19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company archive, 1896–1974 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Josephine A. Dolan Collection of Nursing History, undated, 1833-1993 Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
referencedIn Edwin Way Teale Papers, undated, 1799-1995. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
creatorOf Dodd, Mead, and Company,. Records pertaining to George Bernard Shaw, 1874-1966. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Paul Leicester Ford papers, 1869-1902, 1885-1895 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Pierpont Morgan, 1909 Apr. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. Papers of Don Blanding, 1948-1958 (bulk 1948-1953). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence, 1907 May 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : as above, 1909 Aug. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Belle Greene, 1909 June 29. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Locker-Lampson, Frederick, 1821-1895,. Autograph letters signed to Frederick Locker-Lampson from various people [manuscript], 1879-91. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co. announce an exhibition of the celebrated Pope Library recently acquired by them [prospectus] : this collection, brought together by the late Mrs. Norton Quincy Pope, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has long been known as one of the finest and most important private libraries in America : it contains illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, early English literature, Americana, first editions of modern authors, extra-illustrated books, French books with illustrations, fine art works in French and English, standard sets in all departments of literature, original manuscripts and autograph letters, portraits and engravings suitable for extra-illustrating, original drawings, etc., etc. : this collection, together with the latest additions to their stock of rare and fine books, will be on view and for sale, beginning with October 22nd, 1895 ..., 1895 Grolier Club
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Business records, 1836-1939. American Antiquarian Society
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : Robert Dodd to Belle Greene, 1909 Sept. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Carnegie Book Shop. Trade catalogs of booksellers, 1906-1967. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn George Cary Eggleston Collection, 1874-1904 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence, 1907 Feb. 18-23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Gissingana collection, [ca. 1893-1947] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Adams, Charles Kendall, 1835-1902. Charles Kendall Adams papers, 1882-1892. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Belle Greene, 1909 Nov. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Pierpont Morgan, 1909 Jan. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : Luther S. Livingston to Belle Greene, 1907 Feb. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn George Edward Woodberry papers concerning Edgar Allan Poe, 1829-1928. Houghton Library.
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter to Pierpont Morgan, 1907 Dec. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence, 1908 Nov. 2-5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Autograph letter signed : Livingston to Belle Greene, 1909 Nov. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter, 1907 Nov. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1901-1934. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Pierpont Morgan, 1908 Nov. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Pierpont Morgan, 1907 Sept. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Letter signed : to Pierpont Morgan, 1908 Nov. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Sara Teasdale Collection, 1888-1934 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Papers, 1855-1992. Indiana University
creatorOf Dodd, Mead & Company. Correspondence, 1907 Jan. 22-26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Oscar Williams papers concerning The war poets, 1944-1945. Houghton Library.
Role Title Holding Repository
Direct Relationships
Relation Name
associatedWith Abbott, John S. C. 1805-1877. person
associatedWith Adams, Charles Kendall, 1835-1902. person
associatedWith Anderson, Alvord Van Patten person
associatedWith Andrews, William Loring, 1837-1920. person
correspondedWith Balanchine, George. person
associatedWith Besant, Walter, Sir, 1836-1901. person
associatedWith Blackmore, R. D. (Richard Doddridge), 1825-1900. person
associatedWith Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. person
associatedWith Bond, Raymond Tostevin, 1893- person
associatedWith Burne-Jones, Edward Coley, Sir, 1833-1898. person
associatedWith Champney, Elizabeth W. 1850-1922. person
associatedWith Chase, Arthur M., 1873- person
associatedWith Dodd, Edward Howard, 1869- person
associatedWith Dodd, Frank Courtenay, 1875- person
correspondedWith Dodd, Frank H. person
associatedWith Dodd, Frank Howard, 1844-1916. person
associatedWith Dodd & Mead. corporateBody
associatedWith Dodd, Mead and Company (New York) corporateBody
correspondedWith Dodd, Moses Woodruff, 1813-1899 person
associatedWith Dolan, Josephine A. collector person
associatedWith Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970. person
associatedWith Finley, Martha, 1828-1909. person
associatedWith Ford, Paul Leicester, 1865-1902 person
associatedWith Graham, Alice Walworth. person
associatedWith Greene, Belle da Costa, person
associatedWith Green, Horace, 1885-1943. person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, J. Jefferson. person
associatedWith Lewis, Howard Corwin, 1890- person
associatedWith Locker-Lampson, Frederick, 1821-1895, person
associatedWith Lockett, Alice. person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940, person
associatedWith McCutcheon, George Barr, 1866-1928. person
correspondedWith Mead, Edward S. person
associatedWith Mead, Edward S., 1845-1894. person
associatedWith Moldenhauer, Hans, collector. person
associatedWith Morgan, J. Pierpont 1837-1913, person
associatedWith Morris, William, 1834-1896. person
associatedWith Patch, Blanche. person
associatedWith Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart, 1844-1911. person
associatedWith Platt, Sherman Phelps, 1918- person
associatedWith Pope, Abbie Hanscom person
associatedWith Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. person
correspondedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Stern and Reubens. corporateBody
correspondedWith Teale, Edwin Way, 1899- person
correspondedWith Terry, Walter person
correspondedWith Van Wagnen, Bleecker person
associatedWith Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937. person
associatedWith William Edwin Rudge (Firm). corporateBody
associatedWith Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964 person
correspondedWith Woodberry, George Edward, 1855-1930 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)
New York (N.Y.)
Subject
Publishers and Publishing
Authors
Private libraries--19th century
Publishers and publishing--20th century
Publishers and publishing--19th century
Copyright licenses
Occupation
Function

Corporate Body

Active 1954

Active 1970

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6v44q1m

Ark ID: w6v44q1m

SNAC ID: 50761228