Penguin Collection: Historical Files

Scope and Content

The papers pertain to the history of Penguin Books, Ltd., over the first fifty years of business, and touch on the nature of pubishing, the use of paperback books in education, and the changes wrought in reading habits since the publication of the first Penguin books.

Administrative / Biographical History

These are the papers accumulated by Penguin relating to their "Fifty Penguin Years" book and exhibition of 1985 to celebrate the history of the company.


This collection is arranged by genre of material - including scrapbooks; photographs; video and audio cassettes of interviews; research files; files on specific series; files on typography and design; correspondence; advertising materials; and files on corporate logo design.

Access Information

Accessible to all bona fide readers with written permission from Penguin Books, Ltd.

Acquisition Information

On deposit from Penguin Books, Ltd.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available in Special Collections.

Alternative Form Available

See Fifty Penguin Years, released to accompany the Exhibition, by Linda Lloyd Jones and Jeremy Aynsley, pubished by Penguin Books, Ltd., 1985.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to copy material must be obtained from Penguin Books, Ltd.