Founded: 1897 by Frank Nelson Doubleday & S. S. McClure
First Paperback Series: Anchor Books (1953-)
Status: Imprint, as Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, of Penguin Random House
Cult of the Colophon, PW, Aug. 6, 1927, at 384-389 (Doubleday's colophon is on page 386).
Frank Nelson Doubleday (1862-1934): Head of Great Publishing Firm Dies at Age of 72, PW, Feb. 3, 1934, at 583-586.
DOUBLEDAY: THE STORY OF A COMBINED OPERATION IN BOOK PUBLISHING (Doubleday, Doran 1945).
Doubleday Establishes One Overall Paperback Dept., PW, July 11, 1960, at 42-43:
Doubleday is greatly expanding its entire paperbound publishing program and establishing a separate new quality paperback department which will carry the overall name of Anchor Books and will include the present Anchor line, Dolphin Books, the Science Study Series, Made Simple Books and several other entirely new Doubleday paperback lines, details of which will be announced later. Of the various Doubleday paperback enterprises only Image Books, the Catholic line edited by John J. Delaney, will remain outside the new Anchor Books department as a separate enterprise of the Doubleday trade department.
The new Anchor Books department will be headed by Leonard Shatzkin, Doubleday's research director, who played a large role in developing the Doubleday Merchandising Plan (PW, Feb. 23, 1959). Pyke Johnson, Jr., who has been editor of the present Anchor Books line since 1958 (PW, Sept. 15, 1958), will be editor-in-chief of the entire new paperback department. [AND MUCH MORE].
Doubleday, PW, June 20, 1960, at 4 (noting Doubleday's Paperbacks & Books of College-Interest catalog, directed at the university market and arranged by series, then title).
Doubleday Reorganizes Its Paperback Distribution, PW, Oct. 17, 1960, at 41-42.
Doubleday occasionally published catalogs of all their paperbacks in print, starting in late 1961 (see PW, Aug. 21, 1961, at 93). [Scans of 1964 edition]
F.N. Doubleday, THE MEMOIRS OF A PUBLISHER (Doubleday 1972).
Terry Considine Williams, Once Doubleday Was a King, Now House Gets a New Look, NY TIMES (Oct. 6, 1999), https://www.nytimes.com/1996/10/06/nyregion/once-doubleday-was-a-king-now-house-gets-a-new-look.html (about the Garden City printing plant).
Partial Company History
1897: founded as Doubleday & McClure Company by Frank Nelson Doubleday & S. S. McClure
1900: Nelson Doubleday split off from McClure and formed Doubleday, Page & Company with Walter Hines Page
1910: moved operations to Garden City, NY
1927: merged with the George H. Doran Company to form Doubleday, Doran
1944: became Doubleday and Company
1953: started quality paperback imprint Anchor Books
1976: Doubleday purchased Dell Publishing
1986: Nelson Doubleday, Jr., sold Doubleday to Bertelsmann
1988: portions of Doubleday became part of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
1998: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group became a division of Random House
2008-2009: Doubleday merged with Knopf Publishing Group to form Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group