Sanford J. Greenburger Literary Agency records, 1921-1977  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Greenburger, Sanford J. (Sanford Jerome), 1906-1971Hochhuth, RolfSanford J. Greenburger Associates.
Sanford J. Greenburger Literary Agency records
1921-1977 (inclusive)
57.0 linear feet, (38 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 801
Sanford J. Greenburger (1903-1971) became a literary agent and founded his own literary agency that specialized in representing European writers and publishers in the U.S. The collection contains author and publisher correspondence, manuscripts, personal files, and photographs.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Additional Reference Guides

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Sanford J. Greenburger (1903-1971) was born in upstate New York in 1903 and died in New York City in 1971. He spent his early working years in Hollywood, where he made valuable connections that proved helpful in his later career as a literary agent and foreign publisher's representative. Greenburger would later found the the Sanford J. Greenburger literary agency in 1932.

Though he was an independent agent for much of his career, in the 1930s he was associated with an agency known as the International Literary Bureau. From that connection, Greenburger learned about foreign publishers, translation rights, and foreign literary agencies.

Greenburger's success in the field of foreign publishing and publication rights is demonstrated by his long association with major European publishers, such as Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore of Milan, Giuliu Einaudi, and the Rowoht Verlag.

Within his own agency, Greenburger pioneered the editorial scouting business, advising European publishers which American writers to translate and publish. The agency built a prestigious reputation by representing such icons as Kafka and Sartre, and contemporary authors including Dan Brown, Nelson Demille, and Robin Preiss Glasser. The agency specialized in representing European writers and publishers in the U.S.

Source: Sanford J. Greenburger agency website:

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains author and publisher correspondence, manuscripts, personal files, and photographs.

The agency files contain important bio-bibliographical information. The collection is an important source of information about the market for American works in translation in Italy and Germany, the market for German and Italian works in America, as well as information about European and American publishing during the late 1930s - late 1970s.

The initial donation consists of author and publisher correspondence and manuscripts organized by sender's last name or organization title.

The 1978 Addenda contains correspondence organized alphabetically by name or organization title and entries occasionally include manuscripts, contracts and agreements, royalty statements, cartoons, newspaper clippings, financial information, research, and photographs.

The 1979 Addenda consists of correspondence (both personal and business), and manuscripts submitted to the agency with over 85 authors represented and 185 manuscripts. The Greenburger-Author correspondence contains information about contracts, accounting, foreign publication, copyrights, reviews, and literary criticism. There is also Greenburger-Aubrey-Rowohlt correspondence that contains business related letters. Also available are Greenburger’s personal documents and correspondence that illuminate the causes he was interested in.

Manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by author, and entries often include related correspondence, drafts, revisions, reviews, cartoon illustrations, layouts, notes, research files, and tearsheets. Manuscripts include plays, novels, short stories, non-fiction articles and reports. The manuscripts and related material by and about Rolf Hochhuth represent the most extensive and most controversial part of the Greenburger collection. In addition to the subject matter, the Hochhuth section demonstrates the intricacy of the manuscript process. Other important authors represented are Ingrid Greenburger, Dobrica Cosic, Bela Kiraly and Olaf Ruhen.

Photographs include pictures of authors connected with the agency, as well as pictures of Adolph Hitler and his associates.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sanford J. Greenburger Literary Agency records, Ax 801, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors and publishers--Correspondence
  • Literary agents--United States
  • Literary agents--United States--Correspondence
  • Publishers and publishing--Europe--History--20th century
  • Publishers and publishing--United States--History--20th century
  • Personal Names :
  • Greenburger, Sanford J. (Sanford Jerome), 1906-1971
  • Greenburger, Sanford J. (Sanford Jerome), 1906-1971--Correspondence
  • Hochhuth, Rolf
  • Corporate Names :
  • Sanford J. Greenburger Associates--Records and correspondence.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Photographs