Jacob Robert Cominsky Papers

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Jacob Robert Cominsky Papers
Creator: Cominsky, Jacob Robert, 1899-1968
Call Number: A.C74
Dates: 1906-1968
Physical Description: 3 boxes, 67 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
I. Correspondence and Material by Subjects (3 boxes)
Box 1: Correspondence, 1918 - 1967
Box 2: Material by Subjects
Box 3: Material by Subjects Folder:
II. Albums and Scrapbooks (5 packages)
III. Letters, Articles, and Memorabilia (31 packages)
IV. Photographs (32 packages) (All are black and white and framed, unless noted)
Collection Overview
Title: Jacob Robert Cominsky Papers
Creator: Cominsky, Jacob Robert, 1899-1968
Call Number: A.C74
Dates: 1906-1968
Physical Description: 3 boxes, 67 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Jacob Robert Cominsky (1899-1968), a native of Rochester, New York, was a 1920 graduate of the University of Rochester. After graduation he became a reporter for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and, in a few years, its city editor. From 1928 to 1942 he was on the staff of the New York Times. In the latter year he joined the staff of the Saturday Review of Literature, then a small and financially weak publication. He was, in a large part, responsible for the success of the magazine, and was its publisher at the time of his death.

Scope and Content
The Cominsky Papers consist of letters, clippings, memorabilia, scrapbooks and albums, and photographs, which reflect the varied interests of Mr. Cominsky and the esteem with which his colleagues regarded him. Correspondents include George Eastman, Louis Wiley, Harry S. Truman, and persons associated with the Saturday Review and the field of publishing.

Arrangement
I. Correspondence and Material by Subjects, 1918 - 1967 (3 boxes)

II. Albums and Scrapbooks (packages 1 - 5)

III. Letters, Articles., and Memorabilia (packages 6 - 34; 67)

IV. Photographs (packages 35 - 66)

Indexed Correspondence in the Collection:

Anderson, Maxwell to Henry Seidel Canby, June 21, 1946. (Package 5)

Bradley, Omar Nelson to Jacob Robert Cominsky, April 10, 1952.(Package 6)

Dodds, Harold Willis to Arthur Hays Sulzberger, October 2, 1946. (Package 8)

Eastman, George to Jacob Robert Cominsky, June 29, 1925. (Package 2)

Eastman, George to Jacob Robert Cominsky, February 7, 1929. (Box 1)

Eastman, George to Jacob Robert Cominsky, July 17, 1929. (Box 1)

Eastman, George to Jacob Robert Cominsky, January 16, 1931. (Package 7)

Mencken, Henry Louis to Jacob Robert Cominsky, July 29, 1927. (Box 1)

Shaw, George Bernard to Dodd Mead & Company, December 14, 1932. (Package 9)

Sulzberger, Arthur Hays to Jacob Robert Cominsky, September 28, 1942. (Package 51)

Sulzberger, Arthur Hays to Jacob Robert Cominsky, October 8, 1946. (Package 8)

Truman, Harry S. to Jacob Robert Cominsky¸ April 16, 1952. (Package 10)

Truman, Harry S, to Jacob Robert Cominsky, January 28, 1953. (Package 11; photostat copy of letter is in Box 1)

Truman, Harry S. to Jacob Robert Cominsky, May 18, 1954. (Package 12; photostat copy of letter is in Box I)

Truman, Harry S. to Jacob Robert Cominsky, October 24, 1955. (Package 13)

Truman, Harry S. to Norman Cousins, October 1, 1962 (Package 3)

Unindexed correspondence includes letters from persons in the field of publishing and persons associated with the Saturday Review.

Subject(s):
Periodicals--Publishing
Publishers and publishing
Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Cominsky, Jacob Robert, 1899-1968
Journalists
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was the gift of Mrs. Jacob R. Cominsky in June, 1969. Box 3, Folders 13 and 14 received from Mrs. Cominsky, Summer 1974. Packages 65-67 received from the estate of Mrs. Jacob R. Cominsky, Fall 2000.Access
The Jacob Robert Cominsky Papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Jacob Robert Cominsky Papers, A.C74, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Contents:
I. Correspondence and Material by Subjects (3 boxes)
Box 1: Correspondence, 1918 - 1967
Box 2: Material by Subjects
Folder:
Folder 1. Louis Wiley Correspondence, 1925 - 1929
Folder 2. Louis Wiley Correspondence, 1930 - 1935, undated
Folder 3. Clippings about Louis Wiley
Folder 4. Photographs of Mr. Cominsky
Folder 5. Biographical material on Mr. Cominsky
Folder 6. Clippings about Mr. Cominsky
Folder 7. Obituary notices about Mr. Cominsky
Folder 8. Obituary notice about Mrs. Rebecca Cominsky, 1938
Folder 9. Speeches
Folder 10. RBI 99th Commencement, 1959
Box 3: Material by Subjects Folder:
Folder 1. Saturday Review of Literature - Report on history and potential c. 1940
Folder 2. Navy material including USS Kearsarge
Folder 3. "Letter to the Editor" Project, 1942
Folder 4. "It Can't Happen Here" - But It Nearly Did [On Rochester Newspapers]
Folder 5. Society of the Genesee material, 1930 - 1941
Folder 6. High School Newspapers, Rochester, N.Y., 1925, 1934, 1935
Folder 7. New York Times Booklets on Newspaper Work
Folder 8. New York Times National Advertising Review of 1935; Program for 1936
Folder 9. Material relating to Advertising, 1930's and 1940's
Folder 10. Photographs
Folder 11. Newspaper Clippings
Folder 12. Memorabilia and Miscellaneous
Folder 13. Material related to Roslyn Weisberg (Mrs. Cominsky):Newspaper clippings
Folder 14. Material related Roslyn Weisberg (Mrs. Cominsky): Articles, programs, photographs
II. Albums and Scrapbooks (5 packages)
Package:
1. (Scrapbook) Contains material from the 1900's to 1920's, including Cominsky family photographs; and clippings, photographs, and memorabilia from student years at East High School, Rochester, and the University of Rochester.
2. (Scrapbook) Contains letters and telegrams to Mr. Cominsky and clippings about him, 1922 - 1941
3. (Album) [Mr. Cominsky's Twentieth Anniversary with Saturday Review] Contents include poem by John Ciardi and letters from Norton Simon, Norman Cousins, Herbert R. Mayes, Bennett Cerf, John Mason Brown, Harry S. Truman, De Witt Wallace, Marshall Field Jr., and others.
Contains letters and telegrams from Goodman Ace, Joseph Wilson, Cleveland Amory, Henry Clune, Bennett Cerf, Allen Wallis, and others. Also nineteen black and white photographs inserted in pocket in the back.
Contains letters and telegram from Maxwell Anderson, John Mason Brown, and others. Also, press releases, newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to the event.
III. Letters, Articles, and Memorabilia (31 packages)
Package:
6. Laminated Letter - Omar Nelson Bradley to Jacob Robert Cominsky, April 10, 1952.
7. Laminated Letter - George Eastman to Jacob Robert Cominsky, January 16, 1931.
8. Two Framed Letters - Harold Willis Dodds to Arthur Hays Sulzberger, October 2, 1946 and Arthur Sulzberger to Jacob Robert Cominsky, October 8, 1946.
9. Framed Copy of Document - George Bernard Shaw to Dodd Mead Co, December 14, 1932.
10. Laminated letter - Harry S. Truman to Jacob Robert Cominsky, April 16, 1952.
11. Framed letter and Envelope - Harry S. Truman to Jacob Robert Cominsky, January 28, 1953.
12. Laminated Letter - Harry S. Truman to Jacob Robert Cominsky, May 18, 1954.
13. Laminated Letter - Harry S. Truman to Jacob Robert Cominsky, October 24, 1955
14. Review by Harry Truman of Phonograph record, "The Confederacy." (Saturday Review, March 26, 1955)
15. Citation: "The Harry S. Truman Library To: The Saturday Review" acknowledging gift. (April 9, 1955)
16. Framed Envelope with postmark and cancelled stamp. Postmark: U.S. Navy Fleet Post Office, July 1 A.M. 1946; Cancellation: Atomic Bomb Test, Bikini Atoll
17. Framed Envelope with First day of Issue Cancellation. George Eastman Stamp, July 12, 1954.
18. Article on Mr. Cominsky; "Takes Executive Post with Saturday Review." (New York Times, September 25, 1942).
19. Article from Advertising Age March 9, 1964 about Saturday Review luncheon "to introduce the new $18,000,000 New York State Theater at Lincoln Center."
20. Article, "Advertising: Saturday Review Robust at 40" (New York Times, August 23, 1964)
21. Article, "Advertising: 2 Events at Saturday Review" (New York Times, August 21, 1967) with picture of J. . Cominsky. The article has been engraved in metal.
a. Article "Advertising: 2 Events at Saturday Review" (New York Times, August 21, 1967) with picture of J. R. Cominsky. Laminated.
22. Mounted plaster phoenix with inscription "To Jack Cominsky ... from his appreciative colleagues" October 2, 1967.
23. Key to Louisville, Kentucky with T.D.S. by the Mayor, Charles Farnsley (May 8, 1950)
24. "What Publishing Means to Me," by J. R. Cominsky [Remarks made by Mr. Cominsky in 1947; printed in 1953]
25. Alumni-Alumnae Centennial Convocation Award to Jacob Robert Cominsky, A.B. 1920, University of Rochester, June 1950.
26. Plaque: "Federation of Jewish Philanthropies pays tribute to Jack R. Cominsky Golden Gifts Donor to the...Federation."
27. "Admiral of the Flagship Fleet" certificate to J.R. Cominsky, June 8, 1955.
28. Certificate of charter membership in the "Sabena International Helicopter Club" (March 3, 1957)
29. Brass Door Plate: "J. R. Cominsky"
30. Paperweight, engraved: "Saturday Review delivers highest concentration of passport holders to Panagra"
31. "Good Luck Jack" cartoon signed by colleagues [1942?]
32. Cartoon : "To J. R. Cominsky in sincere appreciation Frank Tashlin"
33. Scrapbook: To Jacob Cominsky on the occasion of his 20th Anniversary with Saturday Review, September 27, 1962 [empty]
34. Norman Cousins' editorial tribute, "Jack," Saturday Review, August 17, 1968. Framed with Saturday Review Staff Signatures on mat.
The following package was added to the collection in December 2000: Package 67: Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Ithaca College, presented to Jacob R. Cominsky, May 18, 1968, framed.
IV. Photographs (32 packages) (All are black and white and framed, unless noted)
Package:
35. "Norwalk, Connecticut - Railroad Station 1943" Mr. Cominsky with Eleanor Roosevelt.
36. JRC Back at the City Desk of the Democrat and Chronicle (1954)
37. Receiving Phi Beta Kappa Key from H. W. Sanford - Rochester, N.Y. June, 1946.
38. Class Reunion at Home of Wadsworth C. Sykes 1952. Held in Connection with Rochester's Centennial.
39. University of Rochester Board of Trustees' Meeting, June 6, 1958.
40. At Press Luncheon, Stanhope Hotel, N.Y., for "Photography in the Fine Arts." 5/7/59
41. Two photographs of Mr. Cominsky at races held at Bowie, Md. (April 4, 1953)
42. Mr. Cominsky at Tropical Park, Florida, December 13, 1958.
43. The Publishers and Broadcasters. New Aqueduct, September 18, 1959 (3 photographs)
44. Office scene -- Mr. Cominsky and two other businessmen [1960's?]
45. Mr. and Mrs. Cominsky in front of a Pan American plane [late 1950's?]
46. Newspaper article with photograph of Albert Coates, Roslyn Weisberg, and Frank Waller (photograph laminated)
47. Autographed photographic portrait of George Eastman
48. Autographed photographic portrait from Adolph S. Ochs; and a copy of a check from The New York Times (October 25, 1929)
49. Autographed sketched portrait from Louis Wiley (February 3, 1929)
50. Autographed photograph (5 x 6½ inches) from Louis Wiley (January 7, 1931)
51. Autographed photographic portrait and letter Arthur Hays Sulzberger to Jacob Robert Cominsky, September 28, 1942.
52. Autographed picture from Bennett Cerf.
53. Autographed photograph from Herb Mayes.
54. Autographed photographic portrait from Harry S. Truman (November 12, 1955)
55. Color photograph, autographed, from Ted Curtis.
56. Photographic portrait signed, "To Jack from his old friend - Hal. "
57. Autographed photographic portrait from Marshall Field.
58. Autographed photograph from Everette L. DeGolyer, Dallas, June 1947.
59. Color photograph of Everette L. DeGolyer in library (photograph laminated)
60. Everette L. DeGolyer in library.
61. Two photographs of General de Gaulle's press conference (May 16, 1967) and mounted invitation number 997.
62. Nine color photographs of office scenes [late 1950's]
63. Two photographs: Aboard USS Kearsarge on Shakedown Cruise - May 1946.
64. Original color photograph of Jacob R. Cominsky, ca. late 1960's, and digitally produced reproduction, December 1999, unframed (framed duplicate of digital reproduction on display in the Jacob R. Cominsky Reading Room, Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester).
The following packages were added to the collection in December 2000: Package:
65. Photograph of Jacob R. Cominsky, ca. 1950, framed.
66. Photograph of Jacob R. Cominsky at graduation ceremonies (perhaps when receiving honorary degree from Ithaca College, May 18, 1868?), framed.  See Part III of register (Letters, Articles, and Memorabilia), for framed honorary degree from Ithaca College (Package 67).


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