Preliminary Guide to the John Todd Papers
MS.1992.76

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
John Todd papers
ID
MS.1992.76
Date [inclusive]
1951-1992
Extent
0.5 Linear feet 1 box.
Location Note
(MASC Staff Use: 2-7-18-6)
Language
English
Languages
Materials are in English.

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Biographical/Historical note

John W. Todd (1914-2007) was the owner and operator of Shorey's Bookstore in Seattle, WA. Todd bought the store in 1939 from Sam Shorey, his great uncle and the store's original owner who started the business in 1890. Under Todd's ownership, Shorey's Bookstore became renowned for being the oldest bookstore west of the Mississippi River and one of the world's largest antiquarian bookstores. Although the store endured several moves during its existence (at one time occupying a place at Pike's Place Market), Todd's family maintained control of Shorey's Bookstore until its closure in 2000. Todd also started his own publishing company called Shorey Publications in 1964.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains papers of John W. Todd (1914-2007), who was the owner and operator of Shorey's Bookstore in Seattle, WA. The collection consists of a large selection of Todd's poems and prose written from 1951 to 1991, as well as a history of Shorey's Bookstore titled "The Shorey Book Store: A Pioneer Seattle Educational Institution, Est. 1890."

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by John Todd to the Washington State University Libraries in 1992 (MS1992-76).

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Controlled Access Headings

Occupation(s)

  • Booksellers and bookselling--Washington (State)--20th century--Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • Todd, John

Subject(s)

  • Authors, American--20th century--Archives
  • Poets, American -- 20th century -- Archives.

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