John Carter: Papers

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8230: Bibliographical files

Twelve files of notes, articles and correspondence with librarians, bibliographers, publishers and others on bibliographical matters, grouped by author or subject.

MS.Add.8231: Miscellaneous files, A-Z

Nineteen files of correspondence, press cuttings, notes, sales catalogues and other material, arranged in alphabetical files by subject or author.

MS.Add.8232: Public speaking and published pieces

Thirteen files of lectures, speeches, talks, articles, press cuttings, obituaries of other people, and letters to the press.

MS.Add.8233: The Soho Bibliographies

Correspondence about the project (launched in 1951), lists of possible bibliographies, comments on individual efforts, progress reports, reviews and other material, 1951-1974. The papers relate to the publisher Rupert Hart-Davis, as well as authors, libraries, etc. There are four chronological files of general correspondence and two files on special topics.

MS.Add.8234: The Book collector

Six files of correspondence and articles relating to the Book collector, 1955-1972, and miscellaneous correspondence relating to Sotheby's, Eton College, etc., 1946-1973.

MS.Add.8235: English Speaking Union lecture tours

Correspondence, newscuttings, maps, travel plans and other papers relating to the tours of 1961-1963, including a typescript of the E.S.U. lecture 'A Renoir is a girl's best friend', 1963.

MS.Add.8236: Articles

Copies of articles from the Antiquarian bookman, the Book collector and other publications, with related correspondence.

MS.Add.8237: ABC for book collectors

Correspondence concerning editions of ABC for book collectors, 1951-1973.

MS.Add.8238: Books and book collectors

Correspondence concerning Books and book collectors and other works, 1947-1973.

MS.Add.8239: University Microfilms

Five files of correspondence relating to University Microfilms and its publishing programme, and to other bibliographical matters, 1942-1973.

MS.Add.8240: Confidential correspondence

Administrative / Biographical History

John Waynflete Carter (1905-1975), bibliographer and bookseller, was born at Eton on 10 May 1905. He was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge, and in 1927 joined the London branch of Scribner's, the New York bookdealers. During the Second World War, he worked for British information services in London and New York. He returned to Scribner's in 1946, where he was the managing director until 1953. Thereafter, he was assistant to the British ambassador in Washington, 1953-1955, and an associate director at Sotheby's, 1956-1972. Carter was the Sandars Reader in Bibliography at Cambridge University in 1947. He published books and articles on A.E. Housman, book collecting and bibliographical topics, and contributed to the Book collector and the Times literary supplement. His works include Books and book collecting (1948) and ABC for book collectors (1952). He was also the author, with Graham Pollard, of An enquiry into the nature of certain nineteenth-century pamphlets (1934), an exposure of the forger T.J. Wise. Carter died at St George's Nursing Home, Westminster, on 18 March 1975.

Access Information

MS.Add.8240 is closed to readers until 2010. The rest of the collection is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs J.W. Carter, 1977.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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