Archives & Collections

Publishers’ Archives and Finding Lists

Listed on this page are various resources for those in search of the archives of individual publishers. Brief descriptions of some (but by no means all) of the archival collections follows each link. Most of the online records have finding aids and some can be searched with varying degrees of specificity. Lists such as those compiled by Albinski and Weedon provide location information above and beyond what we are able to include here, and we encourage researchers to use them for further information.  New resources may be added or corrections to these entries may be made by submitting them to the webmaster.

British Book Trade Archives (1830-1939): An extensive list of the known locations of the archives of British publishers, printers, booksellers and stationers active in the period 1830-1939. See Google Books.

Publishers’ Archives: Albinski List (19th & 20th c., US): An extensive list of the location of archives for U.S. publishers and periodicals.

Canadian Publishers’ Records Database: Records of publishing companies, authors, editors and organizations before 1995 relating to the history of secular English-language book publishing in Canada.

Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing:  Highlights archival documents relating to Canadian publishing history, including letters, manuscripts, photographs, diaries, artwork, interviews, and financial records in collections at McMaster University Library, Queen’s University Archives, and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Mainzer Verlagsarchiv/Mainz Publishing Archive: Mainz Publishing Archive comprises about 13,000 titles and 10,000 archive units containing various documents from the following German-language publishing houses: Rowohlt, Rotbuch, Syndikat, EVA, Weissbooks, Brockhaus, Eichborn and Faksimile Verlag.

The National Archives (United Kingdom) list of accessions to repositories related to publishing by year, from 1995.

Princeton University Library: Charles Scribner’s Sons.; Henry Holt; John Day Company; Derrydale Press; Story Magazine; the Quarterly Review of Literature; The Hudson Review; Doubleday; Harper and Brothers; G. P. Putnam; Princeton University Press.

Printing and Publishing: Sources University of Glasgow. Includes records from Blackie & Son, Collins, William Son & Co Ltd, Livingstone Bros, Lumsden of Arden, James McNab, George Outram, James Reid & Son, and the Scottish Typographical Association.

Reading University Library collections (19th & 20th c., UK): George Allen & Unwin; George Bell & Sons; A. & C. Black; the Bodley Head; Jonathan Cape; Chatto & Windus; William Clowes & Sons; Crosby Lockwood; Hogarth Press; Longman Group; Macmillan and Co.; Routledge & Kegan Paul; Secker & Warburg; Swan Sonnenschein & Co.; Virago Press.

The John Murray Archive, National Library of Scotland Manuscripts, private letters and business papers relating to the publishing house and its authors since 1768.

Lilly Library, Indiana University: Appleton-Century Co.; Bobbs-Merrill; Three Mountains Press; Charles and Albert Boni; Elkin Mathews, Ltd.; Calder and Boyars; Upton Sinclair correspondence to publishers.

Guide to Sale Catalogues in the British Library: Evans; Hodgson & Co. (and predecessors); Lewis; Phillips; Puttick & Simpson; Sotheby (including Samuel Baker and Baker & Leigh); Southgate; Wheatley.

The Weedon Guide to Research in Victorian Publishing Records: The aim of this site is to facilitate the research of book historians through listing the known locations of the archives of British publishers, printers, booksellers and stationers active in the period 1830-1939.

Special Collections and Libraries

Guides to these specialized resources allow researchers to plan a visit to the repository or often to conduct research from a remote location.

American Library Association. Archives. University of Illinois. Documents the history of the American Library Association and Librarianship

The American Newspaper Repository. Nicholson Baker

Cary Graphic Arts Collection, library of printing history, Rochester Institute of Technology

The Broadsides Collection. John Hay Library, Brown University

The Chapbook Collection. Lilly Library. Indiana University

Directory of Cartoon Research Libraries. Randall Scott, MSU Libraries

Dutch Museum of the Book (Museum Meermanno). The museum’s collections include books, coins and medals, letters, and manuscripts dealing with book design, bookplates and small prints.

Scottish Archive of Print and Publishing History Records

St. Bride Printing Library. London

William Augustus Brewer Digital Bookplate Collection. Housed in Special Collections at the Morris Library, University of Delaware

Digital Libraries and Resources

The Modernist Archives Publishing Project. A critical digital archive of early twentieth-century publishers, beginning with Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press (est. 1917).

Project Gutenberg. Encourages the voluntary creation and distribution of electronic books. The Project Gutenberg Consortia Center is designed for the collection and redistribution of eBooks that are public domain under the United States copyright laws.

Virtual Library of Bibliographical Heritage (BVPB). A cooperative project of the Ministry of Culture and the Autonomous Regions, which aims to distribute printed books and manuscripts from Spain’s Historical Heritage by digital facsimile.

Book Owners Online. A directory of historical book owners edited by David Pearson. Currently limited to seventeenth-century England, but hoping to expand to other periods and places.