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Archive of Sidgwick and Jackson, Publishers


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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

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Sidgwick and Jackson 1].

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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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought from Elkin Mathews in 1962 and 1968.

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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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom