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Reviews on file collection: Literary Clippings

Identifier: SCU-RBSC-1997-1

Over sixty authors represented include: Nelson Algren, Algernon Blackwood, Arna Bontemps, Ray Bradbury, Willia Cather, Winston Churchill, James Dickey, W/E.B. DuBois, Lord Dunsany, John D. Eisenhower, Robert A. Heinlein, Zora Neale Hurston, Martin Luther King, LeRoi Jones, Robert Lowell, Somerset Maugham, Eugene O'Neill, Richard Nixon, J.C. Powys, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Anne Tyler, Robert Penn Warren, and Thornton Wilder. The files for Archibald MacLeish and Erich Maria Remarque were donated in 2006 by Matthew J. Bruccoli.


  • 1927 - 1970

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Materials in this collection are not to be reproduced without written permission from Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina.


35 boxes


The clippings were stored folded in recycled billing envelopes, packed in small candy or shoe boxes, and sorted only by author, not date or work reviewed. By the time of transfer, storage conditions had led to much of this packing material becoming moldy, and many individual clippings are extremely brittle; in 2004, following review, a decision was made to preserve and rehouse only the author-collections that related to the library’s other special collections or to recurrent teaching or research interests. It is worth noting also that the clippings for several major authors for which the library is well-known (including Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Rawlings) either went directly to the author or had been successfully sold off by Mrs. Brandt before the library acquired the balance of the morgue.


The collection is comprised of book reviews from the morgue of a clipping service covering the period 1927-1970. The Hemstreet Press Clippings service was purchased by Estelle L. Boyd in 1927 and moved to Walton, N.Y. In 1929, the emphasis of the business changed to focus on book reviews and the name of the business changed accordingly to the Literary Clipping Service. At its peak some 3000 authors subscribed and clippings were filed for over 18,500 authors. Mrs. Boyd's daughter, Dorothy Brandt, continued to add new items to the non-subscription morgue under the name Reviews on File. In 1996, the Thomas Cooper Library acquired approximately 50 boxes of the remaining clippings.

Repository Details

Part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-3847

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