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  • Title
    Gerald Duckworth and Co Ltd
  • Held at
  • Reference
    MS959
  • Date
    c1933-c1998
  • Creator
    Gerald Duckworth and Co LtdMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    The initial deposit of this collection, c1933-c1958, comprises general correspondence files containing letters dealing with a wide variety of matters that affected the publishing house (reference MS959). The files contain considerable correspondence between the publisher and its authors. Many letters relate to day to day practical matters, such as the canvassing and selection of manuscripts. Other issues are broader responses to the politics of the time such as the depression of the book trade as a result of the rise of Fascism. Many of the firm’s records were destroyed as a result of enemy action in 1942 and in a fire in 1953, meaning that there are no records of sales or any accounts of the firm, beyond some invoices and receipts from the 1950s. An earlier fire in 1929 destroyed many of the records of the firm, and the general correspondence occasionally makes reference to the firm’s inability to consult their early correspondence in response to enquiries. A second deposit of files made in August 1998 (reference MS959B) contains files of press-cuttings and journal reviews, mainly c1970s-1980s, relating to books published by Duckworth as well as 'Author Files' and papers of former Managing Director, Colin Haycraft. Includes files on Penelope Fitzgerald, A. N. Wilson, Nicholas Kaldor, Brian Redhead, A.L. Rowse, Ernie Wise, Michael Dummett, Kenny Everett, Kenneth Dover, A. J. Ayer, Mary Beard, John Toshack, Francis Wyndham, Jack Trevor Story, John Vaizey, Ronald Dworkin, Quentin Crisp, Herbert Butterfield, Louis Blom-Cooper, Roy Porter, Geoffrey Grigson, John Sparrow, Rachel Kempson, and Isaiah Berlin.
  • Conditions of access
    Open for research although access to particular files may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. At least 24 hours notice is required for research visits.
  • Exent
    c350 boxes
  • Language
    English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • System of Arrangement
    The collection has been arranged according to the labelling from its original boxes. The series are as follows: MS959/1 General and Editorial Correspondence; MS959/2 Literary and Authors Agents Correspondence; MS959/3 Publishers Association Correspondence; MS959/4 Publishers Correspondence; MS959/5 Printers and Binders Correspondence; MS959/6 Accounts; MS959/7 Press Cuttings; MS959/8 Orders and Despatch; MS959/9 Miscellaneous. The second deposit (reference MS959B) has been listed at file level as it was found in the boxes. This is prior to a full on-line catalogue.
  • Finding aids
    The initial deposit (reference MS959) is fully catalogued online (click on the "contains" icon below). Pdf versions of the hard copy of this catalogue and of the box list of the subsequent deposit of later Duckworth archives (reference MS959B) are also attached to this description. M. J. Grant, "The Duckworth Papers in the University of London Library: A Sample of the Records of a Publishing House", University of London Library (1978) is available in the Special Collections reading room, Senate House Library.
  • Related files
  • Related
    The British Library, London, holds correspondence between Gerald Duckworth and Albert Mansbridge, 1934 (Ref: Add Ms 65259).
  • Level of description
    fonds
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