Records of Adlard Coles Ltd, publishers, Southampton, England
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Robert Ross & Co Ltd was incorporated as a limited liability company in c1934 with its registered offices in Fareham, Hampshire, England, and from 1945 at Southampton, England. The company's directors were Kainer Adlard Coles and his wife Lilian Mabel Coles. The company specialised in the publication of educational and nautical books.
In November 1952 , the company name was changed to Adlard Coles Ltd , and the following year the company acquired the Yachtsman Publishing Co Ltd .1953 also saw P J Madge being appointed a director and secretary to the company. In 1962, the London-based publishers Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd purchased the entire share capital of the company and it became a wholly owned subsidiary. The following year, Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd was acquired by Granada Group Ltd , media group, London. Granada merged the business of Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd with another of their publishing subsidiaries, MacGibbon & Kee Ltd , acquired in 1968, to form Hart-Davis, MacGibbon Ltd in 1972 . Granada sold its publishing interests to the Scottish publishers William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd , Glasgow, in 1983 .
From 1962, Adlard Coles Ltd remained a registered company until 1990 when its name was changed to William Collins G(XII) Ltd before being dissolved in 1993 .
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Deposit : William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd via BACS : 1987
Other Finding Aids
Digital file level list available in searchroom
This collection forms part of the William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd finding aid (UGD 243) consisting of the records of that company and its related/subsidiary companies
Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)3040) and London (NRA31886)
Alternative Form Available
No known copies
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
None which affect the use of this material
Conditions Governing Use
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures
Held by William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow
Location of Originals
This material is original
No known publications using this material
Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names
Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.
Fonds level description compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 22 April 2003. Lower level descriptions input by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 27 May 2008