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The Howard Brubaker Papers

Call Number



1907-1957, inclusive



18 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Howard Brubaker was an editor (Success and Liberator) and a contributor to many other periodicals from 1918 through the 1950's, including: Collier's, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Saturday Evening Post. Many of his contributions were political in nature and reflected his, at times, left-of-center point of view. The collection includes his manuscripts and copies of journals to which he contributed. Brubaker died in 1957.

Historical/Biographical Note:

Howard Brubaker was an editor of Success and Liberator and a contributor to Collier's Weekly, The New Republic, Saturday Evening Post, Country Gentleman, and many other magazines. He published over 100 short stories and a number of non-fiction pieces on contemporary affairs, especially national politics. He is best known for "Of All Things", a by-liner column that ran weekly in the New Yorker for over twenty-five years. This column was composed of six or eight two sentence paragraphs that offered humorous and satirical comments on contemporary happenings and personages. Many of these brief paragraphs were reprinted in newspapers across the country.


Folders are generally arranged alphabetically by subject.

The files are grouped into six series.

Scope and Content Note

The Howard Brubaker Papers are a part of the Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU libraries, housing nearly 200,000 volumes of English and American literature from 1700 to the present. Strengths of the collection include the development of the English and American novel, with an emphasis on the Gothic and the Victorian novel.

The papers consist of typescript copies of short stories, press clippings, and correspondence from family, various leftist and liberal organizations, literary agents, editors, publishers and fans.


Series I consists of Brubaker's original short story and newspaper column manuscripts, rough drafts, and story and column ideas and worksheets.

Series II consists of magazines, newspapers, and periodicals in which Brubaker's stories, paragraphs, and bon mots appeared in print.

Series III consists of Brubaker's personal and literary correspondence.

Series IV consists of Brubaker's financial and tax statements.

Series V consists of unprocessed newspaper clippings, mostly clipped by the Roemike clipping service, of Brubaker's appearances in newspapers across the country.

Series VI consists of a single box of oversized materials.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Howard Brubaker, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Howard Brubaker Papers; MSS 53; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.


The Howard Brubaker Papers are comprised of two distinct collections of Brubaker material, one of which was donated directly to the Fales Library and the other, which was transfered to the Fales Library from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in 1993. This collection was donated to the Franklin D. Roosevelt library by Mrs. Howard Brubaker on August 14, 1974. The two collections have been interfiled.

Related Material at the Fales Library and Special Collections

The Geoffrey T. Hellman Papers; Hellman was another frequent contributor to the New Yorker during the same period.

Collection processed by

Rob Fellman, Marvin Taylor

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:06:21 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from Brubaker finding aid.doc


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