Archive of Sidgwick and Jackson, Publishers
This collections contains material from the establishment of the firm to the mid-1960s. For the first thirty years most of the surviving records are of a formal nature. They include a run of eighty-seven letter-books, beginning in 1903 (before Sidgwick was in partnership with Jackson) and ending in 1941. With the legal agreements, minute-books of directors' meetings and account books, they provide a coherent picture of the workings of the firm. After the death in 1939 of Frank Sidgwick, who had been managing director since 1909, the papers, though greater in bulk, are more fragmentary, and it is therefore more difficult to piece together a clear record of the complex post-war business. Most information for this later period is contained in correspondence.
Frank Sidgwick was in partnership with A.H. Bullen (1857-1920) from 1902 to 1907, and there survives in this collection an interesting series of letters to him from Bullen, 1907-20, mainly relating to the Shakespeare Head Press. In the later period, the collection also contains files of correspondence relating to other publishers.
- Creation: 1903-1966
42.68 Linear metres (388 boxes)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Sidgwick and Jackson 1].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Sidgwick and Jackson 1-381
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 13874
Archive of Frank Sidgwick (1879-1939) and R.C. Jackson (1882-1917), publishers.
Biographical / Historical
Frank Sidgwick (1879-1939) and R.C. Jackson (1882-1917) went into partnership in 1908 to form the publishing firm of Sidgwick and Jackson.
Other Finding Aids
M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 52644-53024.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were bought from Elkin Mathews in 1962 and 1968.
- Bullen | Arthur Henry | 1857-1920 | Publisher Author (Person)
- Jackson | Robert Cameron | 1882-1917 | Publisher (Person)
- Sidgwick | Frank | 1879-1939 | Publisher (Person)
- Shakespeare Head Press (Organisation)
- Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, publishers | London (Organisation)
- Catalogue of the archive of Sidgwick and Jackson, Publishers
- Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
- EAD version 2019
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