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Running Press records

Ms. Coll. 727

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Running Press
Title:
Running Press records
Date [bulk]:
1978-1995
Date [inclusive]:
1972-2008
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 727
Extent:
58 boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Running Press Records are the institutional records of the Philadelphia based publisher which follow the growth and development of the company from its establishment in the early 1970s to 2008, six years after the company’s acquisition by the Perseus Book Group.
Cite as:
Running Press records, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Running Press Book Publishers was established in January of 1972 by brothers Stuart “Buz” and Larry Teacher and was headquartered at 38 South 19th Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time, Buz was a doctoral student at the Center for Criminology and Criminal Law at the University of Pennsylvania, having previously graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree in psychology and sociology. Larry was then owner of the Encyclopedia Discount Center, also located at 38 South 19th Street in Philadelphia.

The Teacher brothers were the first in their family to delve into the world of trade publishing and built many of their industry insights upon their family’s history as booksellers. Their stepfather, David Shuwall, owned and operated George Friend’s Book Shop in Washington D.C., named after their step-uncle and located at Ninth and New York Avenues. According to Buz Teacher, his family’s experience gave both brothers "a really good background for books in general, in that we saw what was being published and selling new, and we also had a feel for stable, classic backlist and used books." Their stepfather had little encouragement to give them when they announced their venture into publishing.  "He begged us not to go into publishing," Buz said.  "He was a very conservative person and jokingly told me to take my money and go on a long vacation instead. Anything other than publishing." In spite of their stepfather’s advice, Running Press maintained strong associations with booksellers throughout the years, seeking them out for advice and information on what titles customers were asking after but did not exist.

The Teacher brothers cited their naïveté to the ways of the publishing industry as a source of strength in the beginning. Starting out with a national sales force, a distribution network, and advertising--but no manuscripts or authors--the brothers were also without any preconceived or fixed ideas. This freedom allowed them to explore new ideas and approaches to publishing, forming the basis of their company’s eventual success.

In the early years Running Press’ primary focus was on establishing itself as a trade publishing house whose sales were based on a strong backlist. The brothers sought out titles that would fill market niches and at first chose a few that had entered the public domain. Examples of these early titles include: Leather Tooling: A Guide for Learners and  The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework. Early on, the brothers decided that they would publish only non-fiction books:  "books that we like, that we personally identify with. Our criteria are very simple: the book has to be able to tell a person how to do something, be something, or make something."

Another early title, What the White Race May Learn from the Indian, was brought to the brothers’ attention by Betsy Robbins, wife of the owner of Robbins Book Store in Philadelphia. Authored by Wharton James and originally published in 1908, the title was suggested because it is considered one of the earliest examples of the ecology and back-to-nature movement, a niche subject area in Running Press’ early days. After reading and loving the book, Larry Teacher decided to publish a new edition, as the title was in the public domain. This decision represents an early success, and  What the White Race May Learn from the Indian made it through four printings. Other early and innovative Running Press projects include  Gray’s Anatomy and the first popular books on alternative energy.

From the company’s beginnings until Larry retired in 1993, Buz Teacher headed the production and design departments, while Larry Teacher focused on editorial and contractual duties. Such were the primary, but not exclusive, functions of each, as both brothers managed the sales force and would constantly flow into the other’s areas, providing opinions and feedback on business decisions. This collaboration was one of the many ways in which they discarded the old model of publishing as a traditional gentleman’s profession and built Running Press on a new approach. Deliberately located away from the publishing epicenter of New York City, Running Press was free to focus its efforts on creating a strong backlist, generating original publishing concepts and new title ideas in-house, pricing their products intuitively, and spending a great deal of time and effort on innovative product packaging and intensive marketing efforts.

These efforts yielded many positive successes. Within five years, Running Press had four titles on the American Booksellers Association’s basic stock list. As they expanded from "a small, folksy little company," their headquarters moved out of 38 South 19th Street. Running Press’ new headquarters were located at 125 South 22nd Street in Philadelphia, in a Victorian carved-brownstone mansion built in 1889 by John Christian Bullitt. After Running Press restoring the building, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Buz was publisher and CEO of Running Press from 1972 to March 2003. During that time, the company had more than 100 employees, published 220 new titles each year and distributed their books worldwide. In the late 1980s, Running Press expanded by opening offices in New York and London. By this time, Running Press had established a strong backlist, from which they generated 60% of their yearly sales, a noteworthy accomplishment in the publishing industry.

Running Press Book Publishers housed four imprints: Running Press, Running Press Miniature Editions, Courage Books, and Running Press Kids. The main Running Press line included heavily illustrated books in categories like how-to, self-help, food and wine, photo essays, and children’s fiction and nonfiction. Created in 1989, Running Press Miniature Editions was a trademarked imprint containing meticulously constructed books in a two-inch-square format. The Miniature Editions line began with such classics as Shakespeare’s sonnets and selections from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, and went on to include a number of profitable licenses such as Disney, LucasArts (Star Wars), I Love Lucy, and the For Dummies series, as well as innovative book-plus kits.

Inspiration for the Miniature Editions came from a letter written to Running Press by a San Francisco bookseller who had noticed how strongly customers, and particularly children, were attracted to the miniature-sized line of foreign language dictionaries produced by the German publisher Langenscheidt. The Teacher brothers sent the bookseller a check for sharing his idea and went on to sell 70 million copies of Miniature Edition titles.

The third Running Press imprint, Courage Books, was a line of high-grade promotional titles on gift-book subjects such as sailing, horses, trains, collectibles, gardening, and cooking, and also featured a series of illustrated children’s classics. Running Press Kids grew out of the success of the company’s children’s publishing program and produced innovative books for children.

The list of Running Press authors included Stephen Hawking, Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers), Nobel laureate James D. Watson, Henry Louis Gates Jr., George Carlin, Malachy McCourt, Marlo Thomas, Stanley Crouch, John Lithgow and wine and spirits expert Michael Jackson. Bestselling books across all imprints included: Sisters (1994),  Daughters and Mothers (1997),  Diana: A Tribute to the People's Princess (1997) and Pat Croce’s  I Feel Great and You Will Too! (2000). Other Running Press titles of note titles include:  The Flowering of American Folk Art with the Whitney Museum,  Calder’s Universe, the definitive book on Alexander Calder's life and work,  The Windsor Style in America: The Definitive Pictorial Study of the History and Regional Characteristics of the Most Popular Furniture Form of 18th Century America,  Sir Winston Churchill: His Life Through His Paintings,  Women of Words, a personal introduction to 35 important writers, from Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley to Toni Morrison,  Masterpieces of American Jewelry, in conjunction with an exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum and  Strange Fruit, a biography of the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first direct musical assault on racial lynchings in the South. Running Press also published an interactive portfolio with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and created publishing programs with the Barnes Foundation and Wine Spectator.

Other notable steps taken by Running Press Book Publishers included their capitalizing on sales trends outside of the traditional bookstore selling arena. In the 1990’s, they expanded their market presence by taking advantage of the trend of increased book sales in general merchandise stores, discount warehouses, toy stores and supermarkets. Running Press succeeded in these non-traditional selling environments by inventing many popular variations on the standard format of books such as their Miniature Editions and compelling children’s titles.

On 14 March 2002, Running Press Book Publishers announced that it would be acquired by New York-based independent book company, The Perseus Book Group. The acquisition was advantageous to Perseus in a number of ways: it doubled Perseus’ increase sales growth as well as annual revenue while giving Perseus access to the specialty book market that Running Press had established over the years. The acquisition by Perseus was positive for Running Press as well. Buz Teacher, still Running Press’ president and publisher, joined Perseus’ Executive Committee and Board of Directors, taking a significant ownership stake while simultaneously maintaining Running Press’ editorial and marketing autonomy at the imprint level.

Buz retired in 2003 from Running Press and became a consultant in the publishing industry as well as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Press. Using his industry knowledge, he also served as an expert witness for other publishers involved in various legal issues concerning book publishing.

Scope and Contents

The Running Press Records are the institutional records of the Philadelphia based publisher which follow the growth and development of the company from its establishment in the early 1970s to 2008, six years after the company’s acquisition by the Perseus Book Group. The collection consists of 55 boxes, including two photograph albums and one oversized folder, spanning the years 1972 to 2008. It was donated in 2008 by Stuart “Buz” Teacher, who founded Running Press Book Publishers Company in 1972 with his brother, Lawrence.



The bulk of materials within the collection are concentrated within the years of 1978 to 1995. Primary types of materials within the collection include the following:



1. Correspondence. Contained within all series, with concentrations in Series I, II, and III. Correspondence of note includes the author/agent letters and faxes of Series I. These materials chart the development of book projects both from a business and creative perspective.



2. Book proposals. These are contained within Series I and cover the years 1977 to 2004. Book proposals for all four of Running Press’ imprints are included, with many successful titles such as: Tony Meeuwissen’s  The Key to the Kingdom, Michael Green’s  Unicornis: On the History and Truth of the Unicorn and  Georges Perrier's Culinary Techniques Cookbook. In addition to titles proposed by independent authors, there are materials from Running Press’ New Titles Group, which was responsible for generating ideas for new Running Press books across all imprints. Running Press’ New Titles Group proposals are contained within Series I. Administrative materials for the group, such as meeting agendas and memoranda, are contained within series IV.



3. Legal materials. Over the decades, Running Press was involved in a number of interesting legal matters. Those of note concerned intellectual property rights such as copyright and patent issues. One specific case for which there is a great deal of material concerns the Special Favors Patent case from the years 2001 to 2004.



4. Other. Also present within the collection are materials such as blueprints, newspaper clippings, VHS and Beta videotapes, books published by Running Press, and photographs. These other types of materials are spread throughout the collection, with the exception of the photographs, which comprise Series VIII.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2009

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Meredith McCusker

Access Restrictions

Boxes 52, 52, and 54 closed until 1 January 2024.

Access Restrictions

The bulk of this collection is open for research use; however, materials in the last series, Confidential records, are closed until January 1, 2024. Also, access to original audio/visual materials and computer files is restricted. The Kislak Center will provide access to the information on these materials from duplicate master files. If the original does not already have a copy, it will be sent to an outside vendor for copying. Patrons are financially responsible for the cost. The turnaround time from request to delivery of digital items is about two weeks for up to five items and three to seven weeks for more than five items. Please contact Reprographic Services (reprogr@upenn.edu) for cost estimates and ordering. Once digital items are received, researchers will have access to the files on a dedicated computer in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Researchers should be aware of specifics of copyright law and act accordingly.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Stuart “Buz” Teacher, January 2009

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Manuscripts, American--20th century
  • Photographs
Subject(s)
  • Authors
  • Book industries and trade
  • Literature
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Publishers and publishing--United States--History--20th century

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Bibliography

Blooston, George. "Running Running Press."  Publishers Weekly 12 Dec. 1986: 26- 29.

Grotta-Kurska, Daniel. "Shoestring Press."  Philadelphia Magazine 1 June 1974: 155-158.

"IDG Books Worldwide, Running Press to Launch Miniature Editions of …For Dummies Titles."  Business Wire 31 Mar. 1999.

Kirkpatrick, David D... "Independent Publisher Is Diversifying."  The New York Times 24 Mar. 2002: 7.

PR Newswire. "Perseus Books Group and Running Press Announce Merger."  PR Newswire 14 Mar. 2002.

Collection Inventory

I.  Proposed and Published Book Projects, 1978-2004. 5 boxes.

Series Description

A.  Author and Agent Correspondence.

Box Folder

American Quilts Postcard Book: Correspondence: Museum of American Folk Art, 1987, undated.

1 1

Richie Ashburn: Phillies Trivia: Correspondence, Promotional Events, Book, 1983.

1 2

J. J. Bittenbinder: Correspondence regarding Street Smart, 1992, undated.

1 3

Kitty Bruce: The Unpublished Lenny Bruce: Agent Andrew Francis, 1983-1985.

1 4

Cathy E. Crimmins: The YAP Handbook: Correspondence, 1983-1984, undated.

1 5

Albert J. Di Orio: Borrowed Time: A Bobby Darin Biography Proposal, 2000.

1 6

Ali Fujino: AG Industries: Correspondence and Project Proposals, 1987-1989, undated.

1 7

Arnold Goldstein: Complete Legal Kit misprint, 1988.

1 8

Michael Green: Zen and the Art of the Macintosh: Fan Mail, 1986.

1 9

Michael Green: De Historia Et Veritate Unicornis: On the History and Truth of the Unicorn: Fan mail, 1983-1985, undated.

1 10

Michael Green: A Walk Through The Shire: Correspondence, 1980-1981.

1 11

Michael Jackson: World Guide to Beer, 1987, undated.

1 12

Michael Jackson: Correspondence, 1990-1999.

1 13

Michael Jackson (Author) and Francis Kelly (Agent): Where to Drink Great Beer in America: Correspondence re: Contract, 1991.

1 14

Florence Kearney: Correspondence, 1988.

1 15

Agent: Frances Kelly: For Author Michael Jackson, 1991.

1 16

Kodak: Here's How Guide Series: Project Description, Business Correspondence, 1980-1981, undated.

1 17

Jennie Loristan-Clarke: The Complete Guide to Dressage, 1987.

2 18

Tony Meeuwissen: The Key to the Kingdom: Author Correspondence, 1991-2004.

2 19

Moore and Moore Publishing: NYC, 1989-1991, undated.

2 20

Charles Santore: The Windsor Style in America, Other Projects: Correspondence, 1982-2000.

2 21

West of the Rocky Mountains: Distribution Rights Inquiry, 1976.

2 22

Anne Lorimer Sirna: Winning at Work: Correspondence, 1981.

2 23

Nellie Toll: Without Surrender: Art of the Holocaust: Correspondence, 1978-1980.

2 24

25 Years of Wine Spectator Magazine Series Proposal, 2001-2003, undated.

2 25

The Art of Ice Sculpture. Proposal, undated.

2 26

Alan Axelrod: Office Superman. Proposal, undated.

2 27

The Barnes Foundation Book Proposal, 2003.

2 28

Roger Barrows: Images. Proposal, undated.

2 29

Bonnie K. Bealer and Bennet Alan Weinburg: A Coffee Lovers Guide to Caffeine: All About the Drug that Rules the World. Proposal, 2003.

2 30

The Best of Maine Antiques Digest, 2002.

2 31

BROM: The Plucker. Proposal, 2003.

2 32

B.  Running Press Publications: Project Proposal and Development.

Box Folder

Iris Burnett and David Fischer: Red Meat for Democrats Proposal, undated.

2 33

Lita Cohen: Antiques Appraisal Kit. Proposal, 2001.

2 34

The Corporate Minefield. Proposal, undated.

2 35

Sherri Hope Culver: Book Proposals, 1999.

2 36

Jean-Loup Daraux: The Magic of French Interior and Garden Design. Proposal, 2003.

2 37

Carlo De Vito: The Book of Days: How Many Days Do You Have Left? And How Can You Get the Most Out of Them? Proposal, undated.

2 38

Elaine J. Eisenmann, Nancy C. Widmann, Amy Dornkopelan: I Didn't See It Coming. Proposal, undated.

2 39

Ellen Geiger, Curtis Brown Ltd.: Sleepaway. Book Proposal, 2000.

2 40

Melanie Gerth, White Heat Ltd.: Lucy and Desi Scrapbook Proposal, 2003.

2 41

Gary Goldschnedier: Astrology at Your Fingertips. Proposal, undated.

2 42

Aliza Green: George Perrier's Culinary Techniques. Cookbook Proposal, 1997.

2 43

Aliza Green: George Perrier Entertains. Proposal, 1998.

2 44

Michael Green: Kumbha Mela: Arts of the After Culture. Proposal, 1988, undated.

2 45

Michael Green: Unicornis: On the History and Truth of the Unicorn. Proposal, 1983.

2 46

Vivian Grey: The Handbook on Writing Literature for Children. Proposal, 1977-1979, undated.

2 47

Lisa Guerrero: My View from the Side. Proposal, 2004.

2 48

Tim Hanni, MW: Wine Book proposal, 1999.

2 49

Gail Harlow: Making Bread. Proposal, undated.

2 50

Lou Harry: The Home Poker Game Kit. Proposal, undated.

2 51

The International Spy Museum Book. Proposal, 2002.

2 52

Steve Ison, Jeff Lotman: Animation Art Collectors Guide. Proposal, 1990.

2 53

Dave Jefferys: Dreamboats. Proposal, 2002.

2 54

Simon Jennings, InkLink UK: Half an Hour with the Greats of Literature, Art, and Music. Proposal, 1994.

3 55

Pamela Johnson: The Secret Society of Happy People. Proposal, undated.

3 56

L.A. Justice: Recipe for a Worry Free Life. Proposal, undated.

3 57

Jon Louma: The Black Mold Menace. Proposal, 2004.

3 58

Linda Lowery: Peace Quest. Proposal, 1988.

3 59

Rebecca Mathias: Mother's Work. Proposal, 2002.

3 60

Rallie McAllister: Libido. Proposal, 2003.

3 61

Tony Meeuwissen: The Key to the Kingdom. Reissue Proposal, 2003, undated.

3 62

Ray Murray and G. Rich Goldburg: The Film Festival Book: On the Festival Circuit. Proposal, undated.

3 63

Running Press New Titles Group. Proposals, 1988-2004, undated.

3 64

New York Magazine: The Best of New York. Proposal, undated.

3 65

North American Hunting. Proposal, 1989.

3 66

Philadelphia Daily News: Phillies Championship Season. Proposal, 1993.

3 67

The Photographer's Notebook. Proposal, 2000.

3 68

Postcard Books: Proposed Titles, undated.

3 69
John Prenis: The Dome Builder's Handbook.
Description

Mock-up of the cover, with mis-spelling of ediotr's name

3 69a

Richard Prosapio: Coyote Tales. Proposal, 1982, 1990-1991, undated.

3 70

Michael Regan: The Sports Fan Voodoo Kit. Proposal, undated.

3 71

Brian Roberts of Comcast. Proposal, 2004.

3 72

Bruce Robertson, Diagram Visual International, Ltd.: Literary Almanac: A Year by Year Record of Who Wrote What When. Proposal, 1998.

3 73

Norman Rockwell Competitive file, 1987-1988.

3 74

Running Press Book Project: Miniature Book and Wall Charts, 1991, undated.

3 75

Running Press Book Project: Personal Organizer, 1987.

3 76

Running Press Book Project: The Start Collecting Series: Coins, 1988.

3 77

Running Press Book Project: The Start Collecting Series: Fossils, 1988, undated.

3 78

Running Press Book Project: The Start Collecting Series: Stamps, 1988.

3 79

Running Press Book Project: World Atlas Miniature Book, 1990-1991.

3 80

Running Press Children's New Titles: 3-D Journals. Proposal, 2000.

4 81

Running Press Children's New Titles: The Blackboard Book. Proposal, 2002.

4 82

Running Press Children's New Titles: John Deere. Proposal, 2003- 2004, undated.

4 83

Running Press Children's New Titles: Kinesthetic Learning. Proposal, undated.

4 84

Running Press Classics Series: Memos and Market Research, 1986-1988.

4 85

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Anya Von Bremzen: Celebrating Spain. Proposal, undated.

4 86

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: City Tavern Cookbook Sequel. Proposal, 2001.

4 87

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Bob Dolezal, Dolezal and Associates: Wine Cellars- How To. Proposal, 2003.

4 88

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Dr. James A. Duke: Foraging Cookbook. Proposal, 1997.

4 89

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Aliza Green: George Perrier's Culinary Techniques. Proposal, 1997.

4 90

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Matt Kramer: Making Sense of Italian Wine. Proposal, 2003.

4 91

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Morimoto Cookbook. Proposal, 2003.

4 92

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: !Pasion! Cookbook. Proposal, 2002.

4 93

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Glenn Roberts and Catherine Horton: Rice Kitchen Cookery, Anson Mills South Carolina. Proposal, undated.

4 94

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Barry Snyder: Babette's Feast: The Cookbook. Proposal, 2002.

4 95

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: The Striped Bass Cookbook. Proposal, 1999.

4 96

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Trader Vic's Cookbook. Proposal, 2003.

4 97

Running Press New Cookbook Titles: Viking Gas Grill Cookbook. Proposal, 1999-2002.

4 98

Running Press Note Card Line: Failed Venture, 1998, undated.

4 99

Running Press Video Group: College Bound Video Project: Avatar, Cloverdale, Quarto, 1987-1988.

4 100

Running Press Video Group: Gary Delfiner: Projects: Group Creation, 1987-1988.

4 101

George Snyder: Women of the Olympia. Proposal, 1981- 1985, undated.

4 102

Phillip Seldon: Phillip Seldon's Complete Wine Course. Proposal, undated.

4 103

Secrets of the Ouija: The History, Art and Legends of Talking Boards. Proposal, 2000.

4 104

Piers Spence: Robots. Proposal, 2001.

4 105

Yestermorrow: Design Build School. Proposal, 2002.

4 106

Scott Tevis and Nancy Robins: Rate-A-Date. Proposal, 2003.

4 107

The Unorthodox Book of Jewish Records and Lists: Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd. Proposal, 1989.

4 108

Weird New Jersey Book. Proposal, 2002.

4 109

Women's Survival Manual: A Feminist Handbook on Separation and Divorce. Possible RP Title, 1972.

4 110

C.  Research.

Box Folder

National Zip Code and Post Office Directory, 1977-1979, undated.

4 111

MAIA Dinosaur: Research Article, 1987.

4 112

New Age: Articles, 1987.

4 113

Articles Distributed: Project Research, 1990-1992.

4 114

Video Tapes. Running Press sales pitch, "College Bound Video," Mr. Bill VHS and Betamax tapes [RESTRICTED], undated.

5 115

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II.  Publicity, Licensing, and Distribution, 1976-2008. 13 boxes.

Series Description

This series comprises correspondence and publications concerning Running Press in matters of publicity and rights management. The first subseries, "Correspondence: Business to Business" includes letter, faxes and emails between Running Press and other businesses regarding distribution, licensing, printing costs, and sales. Running Press correspondence with individual sales representatives and literary agents is also included. Subseries B:  "Publications" includes publicity materials such as catalogs (both Running Press Imprints and other companies), Running Press feature stories, advertisements and order forms published in  Publishers Weekly magazine, and copies of the weekly publication,  BP Report. Oversized materials include two copies of a Running Press Miniature Editions promotional poster and dummies of the 21 November 1991  Publishers Weekly Running Press 20th anniversary cover.

A.  Correspondence: Business to Business.

Box Folder

Advanced Marketing Services (AMS): Faxes, Correspondence, 1984-1991, undated.

6 116

Advanced Marketing Services (AMS): Trips- Titles, 1990, undated.

6 117

AG Industries: Ira Cooper/ Nelson Goodsell, 1986-1989, undated.

6 118

Ariel Books: Eisen, Durwood and Company Inc.: NYC: Projects, 1986-1989, undated.

6 119

Nick Bamforth, Fleetbooks, Columbus Books, Tabs, Alphabooks, Feffer and Simons, 1983-1984.

6 120

Bantam, Doubleday, Dell (BDD) Promotional Book Co. Inc., 1989-1991.

4 121

BDB Corporation: Leonard Riggio: Correspondence re: Rushdie Fatwa, 1989.

6 122

Becker & Mayer! Ltd.: Correspondence and Proposals, 1990-1993.

6 123

Bestseller Publications Ltd.: UK, 1989-1991.

6 124

Booklink: UK: Correspondence, 1989-1990.

6 125

Breslich and Foss: UK, 1990-1991.

6 126

Charles Letts and Co. Ltd., 2005.

7 127

Chelsea House Publishers, 1986.

7 128

Barry Chessler: Sales Person, 1988.

7 129

Melissa Crookman: Correspondence, 1990.

7 131

Collins, Angus and Robertson, Publishers: Australia, 1989-1991.

7 131

Core States, Philadelphia National Bank: Correspondence, 1993.

7 132

Cramp and Associates: Publishers Weekly ad for Running Press 20th Anniversary and  Velveteen Rabbit, 1990-1992.

7 133

Crawford House Press: Rights, 1991.

7 134

Cross Creek Books: Dan Woods: Correspondence, 1989.

7 135

Dan Diamond and Associates: NHL Guide Cover and NHL All Star Weekend, 1989-1991.

7 136

Daniel Weiss Associates, Inc.: Sweet Valley High Licensing, 1987-1990.

7 137

Disney Consumer Products: Nancy Parent: Licensing for Postcard Book Series, 1990-1992, undated.

7 138

Dorling Kindersley Ltd.: UK: Licensing, The Malt Whiskey Companion, Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch, 1989-1990, undated.

7 139

Dragon's World, LTD.: UK publisher: Hubert Schaafsma, 1989-1991.

7 140

Ebury Press: Random Century House Licensing, 1990.

7 141

Edison Sadd Editions, Ltd.: UK: Licensing Agreements, 1989-1991.

7 142

Excel Graphic Arts Company, 1990-1991.

7 143

Fabbri Representative Offices, Inc., 1990.

7 144

Financial Publishing Company, 1984-1986, undated.

7 145

Folio: Illustrators and Designers Agents: Nicholas Dawe: UK: Key to the Kingdom, 1990-1991.

7 146

Foreign Sales Representation: Correspondence, 1984-1988.

7 147

Fourth Estate Ltd.: UK, 1989-1991.

7 148

Freelancers: Correspondence.

7 149

Michael Friedman/ Running Press Joint Venture, 1987-1989, undated.

8 150

Michael Friedman Publishing Group, Inc., 1989-1993.

8 151

Garamond, formerly Phoebe Phillips Editions, 1989-1990.

8 152

General Publishing Company: Canada: Nelson Doucet, 1984-1988, undated.

8 153

William H. Gentz: Publicist: Correspondence, 1976-1979, undated.

8 154

Steve Goldstein Photography, 1991.

8 155

Goodman Associates Literary Agents: Elsie Simon Goodman, 1990.

8 156

Grolier Incorporated: NYC: Licensing Book of Knowledge for use in RP's Uncle Jim's Book of Things to Make for Children and Adults, 1976-1978, undated.

8 157

Grosset and Dunlap, Inc. Publishers: Correspondence, 1978-1980, undated.

8 158

GT Foulis & Co., 1989-1990.

8 159

Harkavy Press, 1990.

8 160

Harlequin, Mills and Boon: Distribution Rights, 1990.

8 161

Harper Collins Publishers: NYC, 1990-1991.

8 162

Houghton Mifflin Company, 1977-1979.

8 163

Ideal Libri: Italy, 1990, undated.

8 164

Ingram Book Company (Mr. Bill Distributor), 1978-1993, undated.

8 165

InkLink: Simon Jennings: UK, 1989-1992.

9 166

Ink Link: Editorial, Design, Visual Information, London, UK, Albert Jackson, 1991-1992.

9 167

Interact Theatre Company: Nicholas Hall, 1989.

9 168

International Book Marketing, Ltd: NYC: Allan Lang, 1989-1993.

9 169

International Book Marketing, Ltd., 1992.

9 170

The Ivy Press: UK: Proposals, 2003.

9 171

Jay A. Johnson, The Middle Atlantic Press, Salesman, 1977-1978, undated.

9 172

Joshua Morris Publishers, Inc.: Connecticut, 1986-1990.

9 173

Julian Holland Publishing, Ltd.: UK, 1989-1990.

9 174

Justin Knowles Publishing Group, Correspondence, Imprints. 1/1987.

9 175

Kaiman & Polon, Inc.: Worldwide Media Service, Inc., Business Correspondence, 1974-1989.

9 176

The Kellock Company, 1992-1993.

9 177

Key Porter Books, Ltd.: Canada, 1989-1991, undated.

9 178

Leadership House: Joanne M. Howard, Publisher, 1990.

9 179

Lee Fung Asco Printers Limited: Hong Kong, 1989-1990.

9 180

J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1989-1990.

9 181

Lothian Books: Australia: Peter Lothian, 1989-1990.

9 182

MacMillan Inc.: NYC, 1990-1992.

10 183

Marshall Cavendish Books, Ltd.: UK, 1990-1991.

10 184

Marshall Editions Limited: UK, 1990.

10 185

Meadowbrook Press: Ten Speed Press, 1984-1985.

10 186

Media Marketing Communications (MMC), 1990.

10 187

Michael O'Mara Books Limited: UK, 1989.

10 188

Mitchell Beazley Publishers: UK, 1989-1991.

10 189

Morgan Samuel Editions: UK, 1990.

10 190

Mother Earth News, 1978, undated.

10 191

Multi Media Books, Ltd.: UK, 1987-1991.

10 192

National Gallery of Art: Washington D.C.: Permissions Correspondence, 1987.

10 193

National Publishing Company: Company Information, Brochures and Pamphlets, undated.

10 194

New Cavendish Books: A White Mouse Editions Imprint: UK: Allen Levy, 1990-1991.

10 195

New England Publishing Associates, Inc.: Elizabeth Frost Knappman, President, 1990.

10 196

NovaScience Inc.: Formerly Kristal Corporation: US, 1989-1990.

10 197

Octopus Illustrated Books: Paul Hamlyn Illustrated Publishing: UK, 1990-1991, undated.

10 198

Orion Books, Ltd.: UK: Running Press Miniature Books, 1992.

10 199

Orion Press International: Japan: The Unpublished Lenny Bruce, 1986.

10 200

Ottenheimer Publishers Inc: US, 1989-1990.

10 201

Ottenheimer Publishers, Inc.: Steven Bloom, 1987- 988, undated.

10 202

Outlet Book Company, 1990-1991.

10 203

Pavilion Books, Ltd.: UK, 1990-1991, undated.

10 204

Pearl Pressman Liberty/ Printers: Old Bids, 1973-1974.

10 205

Pell W. Foster: Scrabble Distribution: Selchow and Righter, 1982-1983.

10 206

Penn Hudson Financial: Robert M. Starr, 2000-2003.

10 207

Philadelphia Inquirer: Correspondence, 1987.

10 208

Steven J. Pincus: New Cavendish, Pincushion Enterprises, Inc., 1991.

10 209

Plexus Publishing Ltd.: Telexes, 1985-1986.

10 210

Plexus Publishing Limited: UK, 1989-1990.

10 211

Postcard Books: Licensing Agreements and Correspondence, 1989-1991, undated.

10 212

Quarto Marketing, Ltd.: Direct Mail Campaigns, 1981-1983.

11 213

Quarto: Michael Friedman, Notes/ Meetings, 1987-1989.

11 214

Quarto: Michael Friedman: Faxes: Travel Plans, 1992-1993.

11 215

Ed Rendell's Campaign for Literacy: Running Press Posters, 1989.

11 216

Brad Saul, Public Interest Affiliates, Radio Syndication and Eastern Airlines Deal, 1984-1986, undated.

11 217

Schlaifer, Nance and Co., Inc: Warhol Postcard Book and Confidentiality Agreement, 1988-1989, undated.

11 218

Lisa Dawn Schneider, 1990.

11 219

Scholastic Inc.: NYC: Diane Rubins, 1981-1981, undated.

11 220

Anthony M. Schulte: Correspondence, 1991-2003.

11 221

Selchow and Righter Company: Scrabble Pricing, 1982, undated.

11 222

Sheldrake Press Ltd.: UK, 1989-1990.

11 223

Simon and Schuster: Australia, 1989-1990.

11 224

Southeast Sales Representatives, 1979-1987.

11 225

Spielman and Associates, Inc.: Book Projects: Pocket Puzzle and Car Cassette, 1989, undated.

11 226

Stony Point Productions: Brad Waisbren: LA, 1981-1982, undated.

11 227

Stuart Teacher: Correspondence: Business, 1982-1986.

12 228

Stuart Teacher: Correspondence: Business, 1987.

12 229

Stuart Teacher: Correspondence: Business, 1988-1989, undated.

12 230

Stuart Teacher: Correspondence: Business, 1989.

12 231

Stuart Teacher: Correspondence: Business, 1990-1993, undated.

12 232

Stuart Teacher: Correspondence: Holiday Cards, 1990-1991.

13 233

Stuart Teacher: Correspondence: Personal & Business, 1988- 2005, undated.

13 234

Stuart Teacher Correspondence with Notorious Publishers and Journalists, 1984-1996, undated.

13 235

Stuart Teacher Correspondence: Radcliffe College Publishing Procedures Course: 40th Anniversary Forums, 1987.

13 236

Tien Mah Litho Printing, 1989.

13 237

Transworld Publishers Australia Pty. Ltd., 1989-1990.

13 238

Unieboek: The Netherlands, 1989-1990.

13 239

Virgin: UK, 1991.

13 240

Jim Vlk of Latimer-Ziegler Associates: Kmart Accounts, 1987-1989, undated.

13 241

Waldenbooks, 1978-1984, undated.

13 242

The Watts Group: Our Garden Year, 1989.

13 243

Webb & Bower (Publishers) Ltd.: UK, 1990-1991, undated.

13 244

George J. Weiser: Wieser and Wieser, Inc.: Wieser/ Markel, Inc., 1982, undated.

13 245

Jeffrey Weiss Group, Inc., 1987.

13 246

Weldon Russell Pty. Ltd.: Australia, 1989.

13 247

John Wiley, Canada: Exclusive Sales Agent and Distributor in Canada, 1977-1983.

13 248

Workman Publishing Company: Stanley Gould: Correspondence Re: Gould's Retirement, 1976, 1984-1985.

13 249

Worldwide Media Service: Ken Kaimen, 1989-1991.

14 250

B.  Publications.

1.  Catalogs & Salesman's Presentation Binder: Running Press Imprints.

Box Folder

Catalogs: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books (All Imprints), 2000-2001.

14 251

Catalogs: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books (All Imprints), 2002.

14 252

Catalogs: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books (All Imprints), 2003.

14 253

Catalogs: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books (All Imprints), 2004.

14 254

Catalogs: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books (All Imprints), 2005.

14 255

Catalogs: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books (All Imprints), 2006.

15 256

Catalogs: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books (All Imprints), 2007.

15 257

Catalogs: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books (All Imprints), 2008.

15 258

Catalogs: Running Press Book Publishers, 1988-1992.

15 259

Catalogs: Running Press Book Publishers, 1992-2000.

15 260

Catalogs: Courage Books: The Promotional Imprint of Running Press Book Publishers, 1988-2000.

15 261

Catalogs: Miniature Editions, Running Press Book Publishers, 1993-2000.

15 262

Salesman's Presentation Binder, 1972.

15 262a

2.  Outside Publications.

a.  Catalogs.

Box Folder

Catalogs from Other Companies, 1980-1989.

16 263

Catalogs from Other Companies, 1990- 2003, undated.

16 264

Catalogs: 40th Annual Art Directors Club of Philadelphia Awards Exhibit, Running Press Book Publishers on page 9, 1976.

16 265

Catalogs: Philadelphia's Publishers and Printers: An Informal History, Philadelphia Book Clinic, 1976.

16 266

Catalogs: The 39th Philadelphia Book Show: Sponsored by The Philadelphia Book Clinic, 1984.

16 267

Catalogs: The 40th Philadelphia Book Show: Sponsored by The Philadelphia Book Clinic, 1985.

16 268

b.  BP Report.

Box Folder

BP Report, 1990.

17 269

BP Report, 1991.

17 270

BP Report, 1992.

17 271

BP Report, 1993.

17 272

BP Report, 1994.

17 273

3.  Publishers Weekly.

Box Folder
Publishers Weekly: Back to Press Column Submissions, 1983-1984, undated.
17 274

1.  American Booksellers Association (ABA).

Box Folder

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Washington, DC: 1974, 1974.

43 574

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Chicago: 1976, 1975-1975, undated.

43 575

ABA: American Booksellers Association: San Francisco: 1977, 1977.

43 576

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Atlanta: 1978, 1977-1978, undated.

43 577

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Los Angeles: 1979, 1978-1979, undated.

43 578

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Atlanta: 1981, 1981.

43 579

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Washington, DC: 1988, 1988-1988, undated.

43 580

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Washington, DC: 1989, 1989-1989, undated.

43 581

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Las Vegas: 1990, 1990-1990, undated.

43 582

ABA: American Booksellers Association: New York City: 1991, 1991, undated.

43 583

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Anaheim: 1992, 1992-1992, undated.

43 584

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Miami: 1993, 1992-1993, undated.

44 585

ABA: American Booksellers Association: Los Angeles: 1994, 1993-1994, undated.

44 586

Publishers Weekly Advertisements: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books, 1990-1991.

17 275

Publishers Weekly Advertisements: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books, 1991.

17 276

Publishers Weekly Advertisements: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books, 1992.

18 277

Publishers Weekly Advertisements: Running Press, Miniature Editions, Courage Books, 1993.

18 278

Publishers Weekly Advertisements, 16 January 1995.

18 278a

Publishers Weekly Running Press Order Forms, 1983-1986.

18 279

Publishers Weekly Articles featuring Running Press, 1986-1998.

18 280

Buz's Stepping Down as RP Publisher: Correspondence: PW Issue, 1990.

18 281

Publishers Weekly: Running Press 20th Anniversary Cover, 1991. 2 copies.

18 282

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III.  Legal, 1972-2005. 6 boxes.

Series Description

The Legal series is broken into four subseries: Correspondence, Suits and Cases, the Special Favors Patent Application, and Billing. Material types include faxes, letters, legal documents, transcriptions, and case judgments. Folders within all subseries are arranged alphabetically by law firm name and then chronologically. There are two cases of primary importance included within this series. The first is Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Physicians’ Desk Reference and the second is Drinker, Biddle and Reath: Special Favors Patent Application. The  Physicians’ Desk Reference case began in 1978, when the Medical Economics Company, publisher of  Physicians’ Desk Reference, entered into an agreement to allow Running Press to sell the book. After this agreement had been made, Medical Economics Company cancelled Running Press’ order, which Running Press had already agreed to sell to B. Dalton Books. Running Press then discovered that Medical Economics did this with the intention of selling directly to B. Dalton. The case was ruled in favor of the defendant, Medical Economics Company, and against the plaintiff, Running Press. Included in the oversize folder is a poster for the  Physicians’ Desk Reference from 15 October 1979.

The Special Favors Patent Application case materials span a five year period between 2001and 2005 wherein Running Press attempted to patent Special Favors, a process for creating custom book jackets for novelty or gift books. This book jacket customization was to be done by the customer via a website, where the completed book cover would have personalized front and back covers as well as spine. This cover could then be printed out on the customer’s home printer, downloaded to their computer, or printed out by Running Press. Running Press sought at least partial patent protection for the invention, but after 5 years, they were unsuccessful. Additionally, this subseries includes folders containing other successful patent applications used in researching and refining the Special Favors Patent Application.

A.  Correspondence.

Box Folder

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Various Legal Correspondence, 1978-1989.

19 283

Astor and Weiss: Licensing: Big Art by David Greenberg, 1978-1985, undated.

19 284

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Berm Studios/ United Wesco Inc., Damage Claims, 1979-1982.

19 285

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Douglas P. Coopersmith: Sale of 2031 Spruce Street, 1980.

19 286

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Bindery Associates, Tolkien Scrapbook, 1980.

19 287

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Maintenance Contract with STC Systems, INC., 1980, undated.

19 288

Astor, Weiss and Newman: How To Take a Test: ETS: Legal Correspondence, 1981-1984.

19 289

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Tug McGraw (Author), 1982-1984.

19 290

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Douglas Coopersmith: Correspondence, 1983-1989, undated.

19 291

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Douglas Coopersmith: The Book Press, 1983-1984.

19 292

Benasutti and Murray: Trivial Pursuit Trademark Infringement, 1984, undated.

19 293

Blank, Rome, Cominsky and McCauley, 1999-2000.

19 294

Legal, Government: Consumer Product Safety and Running Press Toy Safety Testing, 1978-1990.

19 295

Legal, Government: Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Requests, 1988-1989, undated.

19 296

Legal, Government: Library of Congress, National Serials Data Program, ISSN Applications, 1987-1989.

19 297

Hangley, Connolly, Epstein, Chicco, Foxman, Engelmyer and Ewing, 1989, 1997.

19 298

Housepian and Sandler: Library Publications Inc. vs. Pacific Intermountain Express (PIE) Company, 1978.

19 299

Sheldon Fogelman, Esq.: Selchow and Righter: Scrabble, 1980.

19 300

Sheldon Fogelman, Esq.: Al Di Orio: Bobby Darin Project, 1980.

19 301

Henry Kuller: Blank, Rome, Comisky and McCauley, Represented Running Press Inc. in its acquisition by Perseus Books LLC, 1998-2004, undated.

19 302

Maleson, Kimmelman and Ratner: Encyclopedia of Needlework Copyright, 1972-1974.

19 303

Maleson, Kimmelman and Ratner: Grey's Anatomy Copyright, 1974-1976.

19 304

Maleson, Kimmelman & Ratner/ Edelson, Udell, Kimmelman and Farrell: Nelson Kimmelman, Esq., 1976-1980.

19 305

Panitch, Schwarze, Jacobs and Nadel: Patent and Trademark Law Firm: Re: Photographs for Elvis book, 1984-1986, undated.

20 306

Panitch, Schwarze, Jacobs and Nadel: Patent and Trademark: Roberta Jacobs: Correspondence, 1986.

20 307

Parker, Duryee, Zunina, Malone, and Carter: David W. Sloan, Esq.: Correspondence Re: Grosett and Dunlap, 1978-1981.

20 308

Parker, Duryee, Zunino, Malone and Carter: Running Press/ Grey's Anatomy Coloring Book, 1980-1982.

20 309

Parker and Duryee: The Best of Maledicta: Corespondence, 1986-1987, undated.

20 310

Parker, Duryee, Rosoff, and Haft: Illustrator Contracts, 1993.

20 311

Seidel, Gonda, Goldhammer, and Abbot, P.C.: Alphabet and Image Ltd.: Publishers: Encyclopedia of Needlework, 1972-1982, undated.

20 312

Seidel, Gonda, Goldhammer, and Abbot, P.C.: Masterpieces Coloring Book, 1981.

20 313

Seidel, Gonda, Goldhammer and Panitch, PC: NORCO Graphics, Farmer's Almanac Trademark, 1982, undated.

20 314

Seidel, Gonda, Goldman and Panitch, P.C.: Fair Use Re: Celebrity Greeting Cards, Celebrity Likeness Use, 1983.

20 315

Seidel, Gonda, Goldhammer, and Abbot, P.C.: American Folk Art Postcard Book, Copyright Infringement Case, Winterthur Museum, 1987.

20 316

Seidel, Gonda, Goldhammer and Abbot, P.C.: Infringement of Postcard Book Trademark by Ballantine/ Del Rey/ Fawcett Books, 1988.

20 317

Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna and Monaco P.C.: Arthur Seidel: Daughters and Mothers/Girlfriends and Peter Rabbit, 1987-2001.

20 318

Silverman & Coopersmith: Selchow and Righter: RE: Scrabble, 1986-1987.

20 319

Silverman & Coopersmith: Running Press vs. HP Books, A Division of Price, Stern and Sloan, 1987-1988.

20 320

Silverman and Coopersmith: Johnathan S. Ziss: PAN-AM Customer Service Misinformation, 1988- 1989, undated.

20 321

Silverman and Coopersmith: Unsolicited Magazine Subscriptions/ Publications, 1989.

20 322

Silverman and Coopersmith: Correspondence, 1989-1990.

20 323

Silverman and Coopersmith: Correspondence, 1990.

20 324

Silverman and Coopersmith: Correspondence, 1991.

20 325

Silverman and Coopersmith: Correspondence, 1992.

20 326

Silverman and Coopersmith: Douglas Coopersmith: Trademark Application, 1993.

20 327

David Sloan, Lawyer: Transfer to Schwartz, Klink & Schreiber, 1984.

20 328

B.  Suits and Cases.

Box Folder

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Physicians’ Desk Reference: Correspondence, 1978-1979, undated.

20 329

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Physicians’ Desk Reference: Orders, 1978-1981, undated.

20 330

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Physicians’ Desk Reference: Publicity Files, 1978-1979, undated.

20 331

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Astor and Weiss Files, 1978-1982, undated.

21 332

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Larry Teacher's Deposition, 1979-1980, undated.

21 333

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Marc Ross' Deposition, 1979.

21 334

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Pre-Trial Examination of Stuart Teacher: Vol. 1, 1979.

21 335

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Pre-Trial Examination of Stuart Teacher: Vol. 2, 1979.

21 336

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Appendices: Appeals: Volumes I and Volume II, 1980.

22 337

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Appendices: Appeals: Volumes III and Volume IV, 1980.

22 338

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Plaintiff's Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment, 1980.

22 339

Astor and Weiss: Library Publications, Inc. t/a Running Press v. Medical Economics Company: Brief for Appellant, 1982.

22 340

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Gary S. Delfiner vs. Sisca, et al: Borrowed Time Bobby Darin movie, 1980-1983, undated.

22 341

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Boppert vs. Running Press: Small Claims Court, 1982-1983, undated.

22 342

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Dorothy Hoffman vs. Running Press, 2005.

23 343

Astor, Weiss and Newman: Running Press vs. Moe Septee, 1983-1984.

23 344

Cooper, Epstein and Hurewitz: Mark Hallet v. MacMillan Book Clubs, Inc.: Artwork Crossing the Flats, 1987-1988.

23 345

Sheldon Fogelman, Esq.: Mr. Bill Show, Walter Williams Settlements (Includes Mr. Bill book, VHS and Betamax Tapes), 1981-1996, undated.

23 346

Frank, Margolis, Edelstein and Scherlis: Neidorf vs. Edgewood Arms et al.: Slip and Fall Suing Case, 1976.

23 347

Maleson, Kimmelman and Ratner: The Plant Doctor: Patent and Trademark Case, 2005.

23 348

Narin and Chait: Attorneys: Fictitious Name Registration of "Running Press" , 1972.

23 349

Seidel, Gonda, Goldhammer, and Panitch, P.C.: Patent and Trademark: PAC-MAN, 1982.

23 350

Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna, and Monarco PC: Library Publications Inc., v. Five Mile Press: Patent Suit Settlement, 1993.

23 351

Silverman and Coopersmith: Running Press vs. Lisa Woods, 1989-1990.

23 352

C.  Special Favors Patent Application.

Box Folder

Drinker, Biddle and Reath: Special Favors Patent Application: Correspondence, 2001-2004.

23 253

Drinker, Biddle and Reath: Special Favors Patent Application: Correspondence, 2005, undated.

23 354

Drinker, Biddle and Reath: Special Favors Patent Application: United States Patents Related to Special Favors Application, 1975-1995.

23 355

Drinker, Biddle and Reath: Special Favors Patent Application: United States Patents Related to Special Favors Application, 1996-1998.

24 356

Drinker, Biddle and Reath: Special Favors Patent Application: United States Patents Related to Special Favors Application, 1999-2000.

24 357

Drinker, Biddle and Reath: Special Favors Patent Application: United States Patents Related to Special Favors Application, 2000-2005.

24 358

Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna & Monaco: U.S. Trademark Application, 10 December 1993.

24 358a

D.  Billing.

Box Folder

Astor and Weiss: Douglas Coopersmith: Billing, 1977-1986.

24 359

Sheldon Fogelman, Esq.: Billing, 1980-1981.

24 360

Maleson, Kimmelman and Ratner: Billing, 1976-1978.

24 361

Parker, Duryee, Zunina, Malone, and Carter: David W. Sloan, Esq.: Billing, 1980-1982.

24 362

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IV.  Administrative Records, 1979-2004. 18 boxes.

Series Description

This series consists of in house communication in the form of interoffice memos, meeting agendas, meeting minutes, production and sales reports as well as Stuart Teacher’s Assistant Binders from 1991 to 1997. Series highlights include documentation surrounding the Running Press New Titles Groups, which held meetings to discuss new book project development and publishing as well as production scheduling. In addition to the main Running Press New Titles Group, there were others which had subject area specialties. These focused New Titles Groups consisted of the following: Children’s, Cookbooks, Courage and Miniatures New Titles.

Stuart Teacher’s Assistant Binders are of note in that they are the close to complete records of all business to business correspondence that occurred at Running Press between the years 1991 to 1995. This correspondence was originally housed in three ring binders in a loose alphabetical and then chronological order. While the majority of the materials are exclusive to this series, there are some duplicates which overlap with the contents of Series II, Publicity, Licensing, and Distribution, subseries A, Correspondence: Business to Business.

A.  Interoffice Memos.

Box Folder

Interoffice Memos: Out of Print Books, 1987-1989, undated.

25 263

Interoffice Memos: General, 1987.

25 364

Interoffice Memos: General, 1988.

25 365

Interoffice Memos: New Titles Updates and Books in Warehouse Notifications, 1988-1989, undated.

25 366

Interoffice Memos: From Buz and Larry, 1989.

25 367

Interoffice Memos: General, 1989-1990, undated.

25 368

Interoffice Memos: RP Book Price Changes, 1989.

25 369

Interoffice Memos: Printing Schedules, 1989.

25 370

Departmental Memos, 1989-1990.

25 371

Interoffice Memos: Buz and Larry Out of Office, 1990.

25 372

Interoffice Memos: General, 1990.

25 373

Interoffice Memos: General, 1990-1991.

25 374

Memos: From Laurie Wolford, 1990-1991.

25 375

Interoffice Memos: To Larry, 1990.

26 376

Interoffice Memos: General, 1991, undated.

26 377

Interoffice Memos: Advertising Budget, 1991-1993.

26 378

Interoffice Memos: General, 1992.

26 379

Interoffice Memos: General, 1993.

26 380

Interoffice Memos: General, 1994, undated.

26 381

B.  Meetings.

1.  Sales Meetings.

Box Folder

Running Press Sales Meetings: Spring 1986, 1985.

27 382

Running Press Sales Meetings: Fall 1986, 1985, undated.

27 383

Running Press Sales Meetings: Spring 1987, 1987.

27 384

Running Press Sales Meetings: Spring 1988, 1988.

27 385

Running Press Sales Meetings: Fall 1988, 1988.

27 386

Running Press Sales Meetings: Spring 1989, 1989.

27 387

Sales Meeting: The Ant Farmers Handbook.

27 388

Running Press Sales Meetings: Spring 1990, 1990.

27 389

Running Press Sales Meetings: Fall 1990, 1990.

27 390

Running Press Sales Meetings: Spring 1991, 1990.

27 391

Running Press Sales Meetings: Fall 1991, 1991.

27 392

Running Press Sales Meetings: Spring 1992, 1991.

27 393

Running Press Sales Meetings: New York, 1992, 1992.

27 394

Running Press Sales Meetings: Fall, 1993, 1993.

27 395

Running Press Sales Meetings: Spring, 1994, 1993.

27 396

Running Press Sales Meetings: Fall, 1994, 1994.

27 397

Running Press Sales Meetings: Spring, 1995, 1994.

27 398

2.  Running Press New Titles Group.

Box Folder

Running Press New Titles Group: Correspondence, 1989-2004, undated.

27 399

ABA Reports of Interest to the New Titles Group, 1991-1996.

28 400

RP New Titles Group: Reports: Royalty, Stock, Inventory Statements, 1998-2004, undated.

28 401

RP New Titles Group: Meeting Agendas, 2002.

28 402

RP New Titles Group: List Closing, 2002.

28 403

RP New Titles Group: New Book Mock-ups, undated.

28 404

Running Press Children's New Titles Group, KNT: Correspondence, 1994-2004, undated.

28 405

Running Press Children's New Titles Group, KNT: Correspondence - Ira Cooper, 1996-2003.

28 406

Running Press Children's New Titles Group, KNT: Meeting Agendas, 1999-2003, undated.

28 407

Running Press Children's New Titles Group, KNT: Book Proposals, 2001-2003.

28 408

Running Press Children's New Titles Group, KNT: Publishing Schedules, 2003-2005.

28 409

Running Press Children's New Titles Group, KNT: Power Point Presentations, 2003-2004.

28 410

Running Press Children's New Titles Group, KNT: Inventory, Sales Reports, Printing Quotes, 2004, undated.

28 411

Running Press New Titles Group: Cookbooks: Correspondence, 1997-2002, undated.

28 412

Running Press New Titles Group: Cookbooks: Outside Resources: Articles and Advertisements, 1998-2002, undated.

28 413

Running Press New Titles Group: CNT: Courage New Titles, 1996-2004, undated.

28 414
Running Press New Titles Group: Courage Children's Classic $9.98, 1992-2002.
Note

Includes bookmarks created for "Courage Classics for Children," coming Fall 1992

28 415

Running Press New Titles Group: MNT: Miniatures New Titles: Correspondence, Agendas and Notes, 1989-2004.

29 416

Running Press New Titles Group: Outside Publications, Used for Research, 1993-2003, undated.

29 417

Teacher Brothers Branded Products, Branding: Mini Kits/ Mini Books, 2001, 2004, undated.

29 418

New Titles Fact Sheets: Folder 1 of 2, 1996-1997.

29 419

New Titles Fact Sheets: Folder 2 of 2, 1996-1997.

29 420

3.  Running Press Marketing Meetings.

Box Folder

Marketing Meeting Notes: Meeting Summaries, 1988-1989.

30 421

Meeting: Four Seasons Meeting, 1991.

30 422

4.  Books In Progress (BIP) Meetings.

Box Folder

Books In Progress (BIP) Meetings: Agendas, Notes, 1987.

30 423

Books In Progress (BIP) Meetings: Agendas, Notes, 1988.

30 424

Books In Progress (BIP) Meetings: Agendas, Notes, 1989.

30 425

Books In Progress (BIP) Meetings: Agendas, Notes, 1990.

30 426

Books In Progress (BIP) Meetings: Agendas, Notes, 1991.

30 427

Books In Progress (BIP) Meetings: Agendas, Notes, 1992.

30 428

Books In Progress (BIP) Meetings: Agendas, Notes, 1993.

31 429

5.  Design/ Production Meetings.

Box Folder

Design/ Production Meetings: 1980 Almanac Meeting Minutes, 1979.

31 431

Design/ Production Meetings: Book Cover Spec Sheets, 1987-1988.

31 432

Design/ Production Meetings: Cover Meeting, 1990.

31 433

Design/ Production Meetings: Project Specs and Vendor Costs, 1991, undated.

31 434

C.  Reports.

Box Folder

Reports: Notebook Sales to Date, 1984-1985.

31 435

Reports: Sample Cover and New Titles Updates, 1987.

31 436

Reports: Book Production Schedules, 1989.

31 437

Reports: Running Press Publicity Report, 1990.

31 438

Reports: Ship Date Schedules, 1991-1992.

31 439

Reports: Printing Schedules, 1991.

31 440

Reports: Printing Schedules, 1992.

31 441

Running Press Marketing Report, 1992.

32 442

Reports: Printing Schedules (1993); Sales (1994).

32 443

Reports: Running Press Monthly Sales (2001); Books in Progress (2004).

32 444

D.  Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binders.

Box Folder

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-E: 1991: Advanced Marketing Services, 1991.

32 445

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-E: 1991: Tom Fritzinger, 1991.

32 446

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-E: 1991: B. Dalton, etc., 1991.

32 447

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-E: 1991: Becoming- Edison Sadd Editions Ltd., 1991.

32 448

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-E: 1991: Disney, 1991.

32 449

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: F-G: 1991: Fante's- Mr. William Gross, 1991.

32 450

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: F-G: 1991: Folio: Nick Dawe: UK, 1991.

32 451

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: F-G: 1991: Michael Friedman Publishing: UK: Michael Friedman, 1991.

32 452

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: H-L: 1991: Ursula Hobson- Lucas Arts Entertainment Company, 1991.

32 453

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: H-L: 1991: InkLink: UK: Simon Jennings, 1991.

32 454

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: H-L: 1991: International Book Marketing Ltd.: NYC: Allan Lang, 1991.

33 455

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: H-L: 1991: Michael Jackson (Author) and Frances Kelly (Agent), 1991.

33 456

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: M and M Books- ProMark Realty, 1991.

33 457

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991:Marshall Cavendish Books, Ltd., 1991.

33 458

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1991.

33 459

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: Morgan Samuel Books, 1991.

33 460

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: MultiMedia Books Ltd., 1991.

33 461

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: Nathan Image: Benedicte Montant, 1991.

33 462

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: Neil Lawrence and Associates Pty. Ltd., 1991.

33 463

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: Nishimura Company: Japan: Marano Nishimura.

33 464

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: Octopus Illustrated Publishing: Octopus Publishing Group Ltd.: UK: K.T. Forester, 1991.

33 465

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: Peter Owen: UK: Re: The Fun Book of Optical Illusions, 1991.

33 466

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: M-P: 1991: Pavilion: UK, 1991.

33 467

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Q-Z: 1991: Random Century Group-Wordsworth Editions, 1991.

33 468

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Q-Z: 1991: Quarto Publishing, 1991.

33 469

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Q-Z: 1991: Arthur Seidel: Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna and Monaco P.C.: Re: The Five Mile Press Pty. Ltd., 1991.

33 470

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Q-Z: 1991:Silverman, Coopersmith and Frimmer: Douglas P. Coopersmith, 1991.

33 471

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Q-Z: 1991: Two- Can Publishing, 1991.

33 472

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Q-Z: 1991: Van Der Meer Paper Design Ltd., 1991.

33 473

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Q-Z: 1991: Worldwide Media Service, Inc., 1991.

33 474

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Q-Z: 1991: Zachary Kwinter Books Ltd./H.C. Blossom Ltd., 1991.

33 475

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: American Airlines- Dragon's World, 1992.

34 476

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: The Artworks: UK: Alan Manham, 1992.

34 477

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Advanced Marketing Services, 1992.

34 478

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Barnes and Noble Inc.: Leonard Riggio, 1992.

34 479

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: BDD Promotional Book Co., 1992.

34 480

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: David M. Broad, 1992.

34 481

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Brompton Books Corporation: Warren Dohn, 1992.

34 482

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Alastair Campbell: Morton House, 1992.

34 483

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Children's Crisis Treatment Center, 1992.

34 484

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Colour Library Books: UK: Bill Dancer, 1992.

34 485

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Ira Cooper: AG Industries, 1992.

34 486

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Cramp and Associates: Jeff Cramp, 1992.

34 487

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Crawford House Press: Tony Crawford, 1992.

34 488

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Diagram Visual Information Ltd.: Bruce Robertson, 1992.

34 489

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Disney Publishing Group: Nancy Parent, 1992.

34 490

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Dorling Kindersley Ltd.UK, 1992.

34 491

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1992: Duncan Baird Publishers UK, 1992.

34 492

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E-I: 1992: Eddison Sadd- International Publishing Consultants Ltd., 1992.

34 493

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E-I: 1992: Ebury Press: UK, 1992.

34 494

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E-I: 1992: Folio: UK: Nick Dawe and Tony Meeuwissen, 1992.

34 495

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E-I: 1992: Michael Friedman Publishing: UK: Michael Friedman, 1992.

34 496

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E-I: 1992: Tom Fritzinger: AMS, 1992.

34 497

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E-I: 1992: HarperCollins Reference: UK: Caroline McCreath, 1992.

34 498

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E-I: 1992: InkLink: UK: Simon Jennings, 1992.

34 499

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E-I: 1992: International Book Marketing Ltd.: NYC: Allan Lang, 1992.

35 500

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: J-M: 1992: JR Cigars- MultiMedia Books Ltd., 1992.

35 501

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: J-M: 1992: Joshua Morris Publishers: US, 1992.

35 502

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: J-M: 1992: Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna, and Monaco P.C.: Mallesons Stephen Jaques: Australia: Solicitors and Notaries: Re: Five Mile Press and Miniatures Trademark Infringement, 1992.

35 503

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N-S: 1992: Allan Lang- Sandviks Bokfoforlang: Sigurd Sandvik, 1992.

36 504

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N-S: 1992: Nathan Image: Benedicte Montant, 1992.

36 505

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N-S: 1992: Octopus Illustrated Publishing: Octopus Publishing Group Ltd.: UK: K.T. Forester, 1992.

36 506

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N-S: 1992: Orion Books, Ltd.: Orion House, 1992.

36 507

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N-S: 1992: Ottenheimer Publishing, 1992.

36 508

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N-S: 1992: Pavilion Books, 1992.

36 509

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N-S: 1992: Quarto Publishing, 1992.

36 510

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N-S: 1992: Regency House Publishing, 1992.

36 511

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N-S: 1992: Rollins Burdick Hunter, 1992.

36 512

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Siedel- Z: 1992: Simon and Schuster Australia to Zany Brainy, 1992.

36 513

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Siedel- Z: 1992: Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna, and Monaco P.C.: Mallesons Stephen Jaques: Australia: Solicitors and Notaries: Re: Five Mile Press and Miniatures Trademark Infringement, 1992.

36 514

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Siedel- Z: 1992: Silverman, Coopersmith and Frimmer, 1992.

36 515

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Siedel- Z: 1992: Worldwide Media Service, Inc., 1992.

36 516

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Interoffice Memos, 1992.

36 517

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1993: The Artworks- Chris Conti, 1993.

37 518

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1993: Advanced Marketing Services, 1993.

37 519

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1993: CLB Publishing: Colour Library Books: Bill Dancer, 1993.

37 520

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1993: David Bateman Ltd., 1993.

37 521

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1993: Designimation Inc., 1993.

37 522

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1993: Diagram Visual Information Ltd. UK: Bruce Robertson, 1993.

37 523

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1993: Alastair Campbell: Digital Wisdom Publishing, 1993.

37 524

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1993: Alastair Campbell: Digital Wisdom Publishing, 1993.

37 524

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A-D: 1993: Dorling Kindersley Adult Division, 1993.

37 525

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E- I: 1993: Ebury Press: Random House: UK-Irving Place Inc., 1993.

37 526

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E- I: 1993: Excel Printing Company: Samuel Chung, 1993.

37 527

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E- I: 1993: Folio: UK: Nick Dawe, 1993.

37 528

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E- I: 1993: Michael Friedman Publishing Group, Inc., 1993.

37 529

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E- I: 1993: Tom Fritzinger, 1993.

37 530

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E- I: 1993: Harlaxton Publishing: UK, 1993.

37 531

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E- I: 1993: Harper Collins: Collins Reference: UK: Caroline McCreath, 1993.

37 532

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E- I: 1993: InkLink, London Simon Jennings, 1993.

37 533

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: E- I: 1993: International Book Marketing Limited: Allan Lang, 1993.

37 534

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: J-M: 1993: Josh Morris Publishers, Inc. - Mondadori, 1993.

38 535

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: J-M: 1993: Mallesons Stephen Jaques: Running Press v. Five Mile Press, 1993.

38 536

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Scott Newcombe- Star Standard Industries Pte. Ltd., 1993.

38 537

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: The Orion Publishing Group Ltd., 1993.

38 538

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Pavilion Books, 1993.

38 539

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Philadelphia Magazine, 1993.

38 540

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Pavilion Books, 1993.

38 539

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Philadelphia Magazine, 1993.

38 540

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Quarto Publishing, 1993.

38 541

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Herb Rappaport, 1993.

38 542

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Reed Consumer Books, 1993.

38 543

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Shotz, Miller and Glusman P.C., 1993.

38 544

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Silverman and Coopersmith: Douglas Coopersmith, 1993.

38 545

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- S: 1993: Studio Editions: KT Forester, 1993.

39 546

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Seidel- Z: 1993: T.Y. Wong (PTE.) - Zany Brainy, 1993.

39 547

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Seidel- Z: 1993: Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna and Monaco, P.C.: Running Press vs. Five Mile Press, 1993.

39 548

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Seidel- Z: 1993: Silverman, Coopersmith and Frimmer, 1993.

39 549

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Seidel- Z: 1993: Van Der Meer Paper Design: Atie Van Der Meer, 1993.

39 550

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Interoffice Memos, 1993.

39 551

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Copy of Planner, 1993.

39 552

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A- C: 1994: Acorn Financial Services-Conran Octopus Limited, 1994.

40 553

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A- C: 1994: Advanced Marketing Services: Tom Fritzinger, 1994.

40 554

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A- C: 1994: Colour Library Book Publishing: Bill Dancer, 1994.

40 555

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- R: 1994: Neil Lawrence and Associates Pty Ltd.- Rollins Hudig Hall, 1994.

40 556

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- R: 1994: Pavilion Books: UK, 1994.

40 557

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- R: 1994: Philadelphia Magazine: Janet Bukovinsky, 1994.

40 558

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- R: 1994: Quarto Publishing, 1994.

40 559

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- R: 1994: Herb Rappaport, 1994.

41 560

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: S- Z: 1994: St. James Club- Yangjisa Co. Ltd., 1994.

41 561

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Interoffice Memos, 1995.

41 562

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A- C: 1995: Advanced Marketing Services-The Creative Umbrella, 1995.

41 563

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: A- C: 1995: Colour Library Book Publishing: Bill Dancer.

41 564

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- R: 1995: National Science Industries-Reed Illustrated Books, 1995.

42 565

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- R: 1995: Pavilion Books: UK, 1995.

42 566

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- R: 1995: Quarto Publishing, 1995.

42 567

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: N- R: 1995: Herb Rappaport, 1995.

42 568

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: S- Z: 1995: Salamander Books Ltd.- Zigzag Publishing Ltd., 1995.

42 569

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: S- Z: 1995: Van Der Meer Paper Design: Atie Van Der Meer, 1995.

42 570

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: S- Z: 1995: Walt Disney: The Disney Publishing Group, 1995.

42 571

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Seidel, Gonda, Lavorgna and Monaco PC, 1994-1997.

42 572

Stuart Teacher's Assistant Binder: Silverman and Coopersmith, 1994-1997.

42 573

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V.  Events, 1974-2004. 6 boxes.

Series Description

Over the years Running Press participated in a variety of national and international book fairs such as the American Booksellers Association (ABA), the Bologna Children's Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair. Buz Teacher travelled abroad to Australia to secure business contacts concerning distribution rights and Hong Kong for new print and packaging ideas and contracts. London was also a destination for Running Press for new book ideas and rights, as evidenced by the bi-annual visits and establishment of a Running Press office there.

Materials in this series consist of correspondence on setting up business appointments at book fairs and general fair information. Travel itineraries, business dinners and side trips for pleasure are also included. The photographs in Series VIII should also be referred to, as they document these events with images of the fairs and convention centers as well as some of the traditional business dinners held at Ristorante Isoletta in Frankfurt over the years. Included in the oversized materials folder are maps of Frankfurt and Australia, as well as a newspaper clipping from the 1989 American Booksellers Association (ABA) fair held in Washington D.C.

A.  Book Fairs.

2.  Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Box Folder

Bologna Children's Book Fair: 1989, 1989-1989, undated.

44 587

Bologna Children's Book Fair: 1990, 1989-1990.

44 588

Bologna Children's Book Fair: 1991, 1991.

44 589

Bologna Children's Book Fair: 1992, 1992-1992, undated.

44 590

Bologna Children's Book Fair: 1993, 1992-1993, undated.

44 591

Bologna Children's Book Fair: 1994, 1994.

45 592

Bologna Children's Book Fair: 1995, 1996.

45 593

3.  Frankfurt Book Fair.

Box Folder

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1985, 1984-1985, undated.

45 594

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1986, 1986-1986, undated.

45 595

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1987, 1987-1988, undated.

45 596

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1988, 1988-1988, undated.

45 597

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1988: Correspondence and Notes, 1988-1988, undated.

45 598

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1989, 1989-1989, undated.

45 599

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1990, 1989.

45 600

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1991, 1991, undated.

46 601

Frankfurt Book Fair: Dinner: 1991, 1991, undated.

46 602

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1992, 1992, undated.

46 603

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1993, 1993, undated.

46 604

Frankfurt Book Fair: 1994, 1994, undated.

46 605

Stuart Teacher's Notes from Book fairs: New Book Deals and Licensing, 2001-2004.

47 606

B.  Overseas Trips.

1.  Australia.

Box Folder

Australia Business Trip: Rights, Distribution, 1989.

47 607

Australia Business Trip: February 1990, 1990.

47 608

2.  Hong Kong.

Box Folder

Hong Kong: 1986, 1986.

47 609

Hong Kong: 1989, 1989, undated.

47 610

Hong Kong: 1991, 1990-1991.

47 611

Hong Kong: 1992, 1992, undated.

47 612

Hong Kong: 1993, 1992-1993.

47 613

Singapore: 1989, 1988-1989.

47 614

Association of American Publishers: Trade Paperback Publishing Conference: Buz's Speech "How to Produce Trade Paperbacks" , 1978.

47 615

3.  London.

Box Folder

London Appointments, 1989-1990, undated.

48 616

London Trip: September, 1990, 1990.

48 617

London Trip: January, 1991, 1990-1991.

48 618

London Trip: September, 1991, 1991, undated.

48 619

London Trip: January, 1992, 1991-1992.

48 620

London Trip: September, 1992, 1992.

48 621

London Trip: February, 1993, 1993.

48 622

London Trip: September, 1993, 1993.

48 623

London Trip: January, 1994, 1994.

48 624

London Trip: September, 1994, 1994.

48 625

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VI.  Internal and Employee Matters, 1981-2003. 2 boxes.

Series Description

This series consists of documents related to personnel matters and the company culture at Running Press. The first subseries, Buz Teacher's Selected Running Press Materials, contains materials such as product dummies, early sales representative order forms and promotional Miniature Edition packages, which provide an overview of the evolution of Running Press as a company. Oversized materials for this subseries consist of a Philadelphia Daily News article from December 1993 and a copy of the  New York Times Book Review Bestsellers list which features  Sisters by Carol Saline at the number 15 non-fiction position.

The second subseries, "Employee Matters: Handbooks, Position Duties, Outings," contains materials related to employee life at Running Press. Job advertisements, insurance information, policy manuals and handbooks are included. Also incorporated into the subseries are materials related to employee outings and parties held over the years at the expense of the company. The third subseries,  "Property Expansion and Renovation," documents the physical expansion of Running Press over the years. It was exceptional that Running Press was able to secure space for their distribution center so close to the Center City Philadelphia headquarters. The proximity of the Belmont Avenue distribution center was used to the company’s advantage by holding bi-annual sales meetings there. Photographs of these sales meetings can be found in Series VIII, and include famous Running Press food author Georges Perrier. Within the oversized files, there are blueprints for the distribution center expansion dated to 1995.

A.  Buz Teacher's Selected Running Press Materials.

Box Folder

Buz Teacher's Selection of Running Press Sleeved Memorabilia and Documents, 1981, 1982, 1995, undated.

49 626

Buz Teacher's Selection of Running Press Sleeved Memorabilia and Documents, 1989-2003, undated.

49 627

Buz Teacher's Selection of Running Press Sleeved Memorabilia: award given by Core States Bank to Running Press for increased line of credit, 1993, "The Whole Ball of Wax" Dummy Created by William B. Jones after interview: hired to RP. 1998, Illuminations, Miniature Editions: Serenity and Zen Wisdom, © 2005.

49 628

B.  Employee Matters: Handbooks, Position Duties, Outings.

Box Folder

Employment Advertisement: Publishers Weekly Ad, Publicity, 1990-1992.

49 629

Prudential Insurance: Cost Information of Employee Plans, 1993.

49 630

Running Press Book Publishers Policy Manual, 1995.

49 631

Employee Duties: Secretary to the Publisher, Assistant to the Director of Sales, undated.

49 632

Employee Handbook Running Press, undated.

49 633

Forms: Wage Status Change, undated.

49 634

RP Office Outing: Copabanana, Shore Picnic, Office Party, 1989-1991.

49 635

RP Office Outing: Delaware Park, August 1991, 1990-1992.

50 636

RP Office and Convention Party Invites, 1991, 1997, undated.

50 637

C.  Property Expansion and Renovation.

Box Folder

Running Press Warehouse and Conference Centers, 1982-1995, undated.

50 638

Running Press Improvements: Design and Décor of Larry's Office, 1989-1992, undated.

50 639

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VII.  Financials, 1972-2003. 1 box.

Series Description

These materials cover accounting and warehouse matters, in the form of check requests, purchase orders, warehouse receiving worksheets and sales estimates. These materials are not complete, but provide an overview of accounting and warehouse paperwork.

Box Folder

Requests for Checks and Account Coding, 1983-1988, undated.

50 640

Purchase Orders from RP Warehouse at Belmont Avenue, 2001-2003.

50 641

Warehouse Receiving Worksheets, 2002-2003.

50 642

Sales Estimates, 2003.

50 643

Cash ledger, 1972.

50 643a

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VIII.  Photographs, 1976-early 2000s. 1 box (+ 2 albums).

Series Description

Photographs are mostly in 5 X 7 and 4 X 6 formats. Panoramic and photocopied photographs are housed in a legal sized folder. Chronologically, these photographs begin with the 1977 American Booksellers Association (ABA) fair in San Francisco and continue their coverage until the early 2000’s with Buz Teacher’s trip to Hong Kong. Many of the photographs are undated and this date range end remains approximate. Album 1 features the following events: the 1989 Bologna Book Fair, the shared Running Press and Quarto Frankfurt Book Fair stand from the early 1980’s, publishing business dinners at the Ristorante Isoletta in Frankfurt, BookExpo America (BEA) [formerly American Booksellers Association (ABA)] from 1997, 2000, and an undated yearly event.

Album 2 features the following events: Buz Teacher’s trip to Hong Kong in 1998, an undated Hong Kong trip from the late 1990’s or early 2000’s, a Running Press Sales Conference held at the Belmont Distribution Center, interior photographs from the second distribution center at 32nd and Reed Streets in Philadelphia, interior photographs of Running Press headquarters, and a 2001 meeting with Running Press author Mister Rogers. Other photographs included in the second album are Running Press promotional author photographs and other publicity shots. Oversized photographs housed in the folder 644 include: Hong Kong, BookExpo America (BEA) 1997 and 2000, a 1997 Sales Conference at the Belmont Distribution Center, and undated Frankfurt Book Fair and Ristorante Isoletta publishing dinner images. There is also an undated photocopied photograph of the Teacher Brothers with illustrator Tony Meeuwissen, who created the Key to the Kingdom card set.

Box Folder

Oversized photographs, 1997, 2000, undated.

51 644

Album.

52

Album.

53

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IX.  Addendum: material added in 2010. 2 boxes.

Series Description

Letters and other materials added to the collection by Buz Teacher in 2010, including some of the files relating to the controversy regarding Daughters and Mothers.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1972-1989.

54 645

Correspondence, 1990-1999.

54 646

Correspondence, 2000-2009.

54 647

Correspondence, no date.

54 648

Party invitations & greeting card.

54 649

Perseus acquisition of Running Press.

54 650

Articles about the Teacher brothers.

54 651

Lawrence Teacher.

54 652

Dictionary of Law.

54 653

How to Protect Yourself.

54 654

"Key to the Kingdom" .

54 655

Miscellaneous notes.

54 656

Bookfair badges, 1988-1989.

54 657

Bookfair badges, 1990-1992.

54 658

Bookfair badges, 1993-1997.

54 659

Daughters & Mothers.

55

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X.  Confidential Records.

Conditions Governing Access note

This series is restricted until January 1, 2024.

Box

Confidential Records, Closed until January 1, 2024.

56

Confidential Records, Closed until January 1, 2024.

57

Confidential Records, Closed until January 1, 2024.

58

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