Book-of-the-Month Club

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The Book-of-the-Month Club, founded in 1926, is a United States mail-order business, customers of which are offered a new book each month.

From the description of Book-of-the-Month Club records, 1939-1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71131595

The Book-of-the-Month Club (BOMC) was founded in 1926 by Harry Scherman (1887-1969) in partnership with Maxwell Sackheim (1890-1982) and Robert K. Haas (1890-1964). Created to satisfy a perceived demand for quality literature that could not be met outside of urban centers, it was one of a number of direct-mail clubs developed in the 1920s, including the Literary Guild and Dollar Book Club. The BOMC went public in 1947, though the Scherman family maintained a controlling interest until sale of their shares in 1977 to Time Inc.

From the description of Book-of-the-Month Club records, 1946-1979. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702188757

The Book-of-the-Month Club (BOMC) was founded in 1926 by Harry Scherman (1887-1969) in partnership with Maxwell Sackheim (1890-1982) and Robert K. Haas (1890-1964). Created to satisfy a perceived demand for quality literature that could not be met outside of urban centers, it was one of a number of direct-mail clubs developed in the 1920s, including the Literary Guild and Dollar Book Club. The BOMC went public in 1947, though the Scherman family maintained a controlling interest until sale of their shares in 1977 to Time Inc.

The BOMC sold new releases to its membership through recommendations published in a monthly catalog. Pre-publication manuscripts were submitted to the BOMC for review and were considered through a tiered system of in-house and outside editors culminating in an editorial board, referred to as judges in BOMC literature, that met monthly to consider vetted submissions.

From the guide to the Book-of-the-Month Club records, 1946-1979, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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referencedIn Council on Foundations, 1991-1992 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
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referencedIn Haas, Robert K., 1890-1964. Reminiscences of Robert K. Haas : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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referencedIn William Allen White Papers, 1859-1944, (bulk 1899-1944) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Clara Kathleen Rogers papers, 1860-1934. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Stone, Robert, 1937-. [Miscellaneous printed material by and about Robert Stone.] Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Sears, Donald A. Correspondence of Donald A. Sears, 1966-1970. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Book-of-the-Month Club. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1954. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Book-of-the-Month Club. Book-of-the-Month Club records, 1939-1967. Library of Congress
referencedIn Marquand, John P. (John Phillips), 1893-1960. Reminiscences of John P. Marquand : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn James Parton papers, 1914-1986. Houghton Library.
referencedIn William Zinsser Papers, ca. 1946-1998 Fales Library & Special Collections
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referencedIn John Steinbeck Collection, 1937 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Basil Davenport papers, 1899-1964 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Book-of-the-Month Club records, 1946-1979 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958. Reminiscences of Dorothy Canfield Fisher : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Papers, 1944-1988 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Sackheim, Maxwell, 1890-. Reminiscences of Maxwell Sackheim : oral history, [1905-?]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Kohlman, Edwina. Reminiscences of Edwina Kohlman : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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referencedIn Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. Ernest Hemingway collection, 1920-1962. Yale University Library
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referencedIn Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Letters and miscellaneous art work by Warren Chappell [manuscript], 1940-1987. University of Virginia. Library
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referencedIn Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987. Papers of Glenway Wescott [manuscript], 1945-1962. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Book of the Month Club. Letter, 1970, to Julian Muller. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Gail Godwin Papers, 1913-2008 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Macrae, John, 1898-. Letter to Christopher Morley [manuscript], 1943 September 15. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Papers of Eugene O'Neill [manuscript], 1918-1947. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lowrie, Rebecca Lawrence, 1891-1975. Rebecca Lawrence Lowrie papers, 1846-1996, 1909-1977 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Baker Street Irregulars (Organization : U.S.) archive, 1923-2007. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Henry Seidel Canby papers, 1825-1959 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn William Faulkner Collection, [1942-1953] University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Lynch, Warren, 1915-1977. Reminiscences of Warren Lynch : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Thompson, Ralph, 1904-. Papers, 1944-1956. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-1999. Clifton Fadiman papers, [ca. 1965]-1968. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. : Series I., General Correspondence, 1922-1977 (bulk 1946-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Rosin, Axel G., 1907-. Reminiscences of Axel G. Rosin : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Woodbridge Bingham Papers, 1876-1986 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Wood, Meredith, 1895-1974. Reminiscences of Merdith Wood : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Ogg, Oscar. Reminiscences of Oscar Ogg : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Book-of-the-Month Club. Correspondence to W. A. Swanberg, 1965. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1971. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Hyle, Gordon. Reminiscences of Gordon Hyle : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series V., Editor Files, 1873-1984 (bulk 1960-1980). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Ernest Hemingway collection, 1920-1962 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. Letter, 1937 Jan. 25 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Walker, Edith. Reminiscences of Edith Walker : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Book-of-the-Month Club. Book-of-the-Month Club records, 1946-1979. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn John Macrae Jr. Collection, 1943 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Harry Scherman Papers, 1937-1969 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Book-of-the-Month Club project : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Highet, Gilbert, 1906-1978. Reminiscences of Arthur Gilbert Highet : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Thompson, Ralph, 1904-. Correspondence, 1945-1972, New York, N.Y., from various people, v.p. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Scherman, Harry, b. 1887. Reminiscences of Harry Scherman : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Canfield, Dorothy, 1879-1958. Dorothy Canfield Fisher letters and memoriam, 1943 and 1958. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Marquand, John P. (John Phillips), 1893-1960. Correspondence, 1892-1960. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. The garden of Eden : a novel / Ernest Hemingway. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Canby, Henry Seidel, 1878-1961. Reminiscences of Henry Seidel Canby and Amy Loveman : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn John Phillips Marquand correspondence, 1892-1960. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Dorothy Canfield Fisher papers, 1935-1950 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lowrie, Rebecca Lawrence, 1891-1975. Papers, 1909-1977. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Al Silverman Papers, 1951-2003 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. Ernest Hemingway collection, 1920-1962. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Starr, Louis Morris, 1917-1980. Oral history interview of Warren Chappell and photographs [manuscript], 1978. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Book-of-the-Month Club. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1936-1939. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Book-of-the-Month Club Records, 1939-1967, (bulk 1939-1960) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Papers, 1916-1972 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn White, William Allen, 1868-1944. William Allen White papers, 1859-1944 (bulk 1899-1944). Library of Congress
referencedIn Ullman, Allan, 1908-1982. Reminiscences of Allan Ullman : oral history, 1979. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Seaver, Edwin, 1900-. Reminiscences of Edwin Seaver : oral history, 1976. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Chappell, Warren, 1904-1991. Papers of Warren Chappell [manuscript], 1870-1994. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Canby, Henry Seidel, 1878-1961. Henry Seidel Canby papers, 1825-1959. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958. Dorothy Canfield Fisher letters and memoriam, 1943 and 1958. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Clifton Fadiman Papers, 1966-1970. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Highet, Gilbert, 1906-1978. Gilbert Highet papers, 1929-1978. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Book-of-the-Month Club. Correspondence to Chaim Potok, 1969-1972. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Thompson, Ralph, 1904-. Reminiscences of Ralph Thompson : oral history, 1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn James Parton papers, 1914-1986. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Robert and Merle Haas papers, 1911-1976 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Book of the Month Club. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Silverman, Al. Al Silverman papers, 1951-2003. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Haas, Robert K., 1890-1964. Robert and Merle Haas papers, 1911-1976. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Shaw, Harry, 1905-1998. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1954. University of Pennsylvania Library
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associatedWith Benét, William Rose, 1886-1950. person
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correspondedWith Bingham, Woodbridge. person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
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Books--United States--Reviews
Books--Reviews
American literature
Book clubs (Bookselling)
American literature--20th century
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