Series A (the first deposit):
Records, 1850-1984, of Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd and its predecessors: Records of George Routledge & Co comprise six Publication Books, 1850-1902, with imperfect indexes; ten Publishing Journals, 1902-1948, containing publishing details of books first published between 1902 and 1930, including details of subsequent editions, and all containing letters and notes referring to the publications list; five volumes of contracts, 1853-1899; four Wage Books, 1869-1946, two of them indexed; 'Book of the Year 1897', described as a chronicle of the times and a record of events, mainly comprising letters of thanks to Edmund Routledge from or on behalf of recipients of his new work of that name, including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Lord Salisbury, and the Archbishop of Canterbury (Frederick Temple), and also including copies of a 'Sketch' interview with Routledge, 1898, with a photograph of him; volume of miscellaneous sales extracts, 1898-1905; four Indexes, 1904-1914, giving a secondary arrangement of reprints of works according to their series or library. Records of J C Nimmo Ltd comprise a folder of contracts with related correspondence, 1889-1904; notes assessing the value of bookstock near the time of the merger with Routledge, c1904. Records of Nicholas Trbner comprise five Publication Books, 1851-1897; eight Publication Account Books, 1854-1893. Records of Henry S King, continued in use under Kegan Paul, Trench & Co, and of Kegan Paul, Trench, Trbner & Co Ltd comprise nine Publication Books, 1871-1912; seven Publication Account Books, 1877-1883; three Publication Ledgers: Royalty and Commission Accounts, 1882-1893, 1896-1932, indexed; three undated Indexes to the Publication and Publication Account Books, two arranged by author, one by title; contracts with authors, 1871-1911, arranged alphabetically; 36 Publication Account Books to various categories of publications, 1883-1914; nine Print and Paper books, 1882-1915, indexed; two Sheet Stock & Binding Books, 1890-1907, indexed. Records of Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd comprise 59 Stock Books, 1902-1948, including ten annual Commission Stock Books, 1912-1922; five Quire Stock Books, 1902-1937; ten Royalty Accounts, 1906-1939; two undated General Indexes; 13 volumes of Trade Accounts, giving details of business with British and foreign booksellers, 1933-1952; one volume of Bills Receivable, 1951; one Petty Cash book, 1953-1963; one box of Keyser & Co Account Books, 1928-1958; four boxes of book reviews, 1934-1956; one file of dividend warrants, 1950-1952; one box of miscellaneous catalogues, 1964-1973; nine boxes of undated prospectuses; one file of Louise Heilger's Course in Letter-writing, an undated manuscript; three packets of undated photographic plates. Printed catalogues to published works, partial before 1912 but almost complete thereafter, comprise 41 volumes for George Routledge & Co, 1852-1909; seven volumes for Kegan Paul, Trench, Trbner & Co, c1877-1910; three volumes for Nicholas Trbner , 1882, 1888; 57 volumes for Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1912-1973. The records include no copybooks of general correspondence nor letters from authors except those attached to contracts.
Series B (the second deposit):
Further records of Routledge & Kegan Paul, dating mainly from the 20th century, include minutes of Directors' meetings, 1902-1953 (6 volumes); register of members from 1905 (1 volume); typescript volumes recording dates of publication, 1900s-1960s (11 volumes); two card indexes with details of titles, 1950s-1970s; minutes of editorial meetings, 1979-1983 (1 file); printed flyers for books (1 box); book reviews, 1930s-1940s (1 box); papers relating to exhibitions, 1968-1970 (1 file); typescript minutes of sales seminars, 1977-1980 (1 file); typescript company newsletters, 1974-1983 (1 file); files relating to accounts and agents, largely dating from the 1970s (3 boxes); American correspondence, 1960s (4 boxes); correspondence, including sales, 1960s-1970s (3 boxes); financial records including royalty statements, 1970s (13 boxes); two sequences of royalty accounts, to the 1970s (37 boxes); files of correspondence on authors' royalties, 1970s (4 boxes); files on foreign royalties, 1970s (3 boxes). "Historical documents" (3 boxes) comprise miscellaneous papers relating to the history of the company, including various contracts relating to company business, 1878-1903, and 20th-century staff contracts and agreements relating to premises; a register of seals, 1902-1946; cuttings on the history of the company, 1888-1951, including obituaries of founders of the constituent companies; a printing block for a diagram of the company structure. Financial records include ledgers, journals, payroll and accounts.