Records of Hatchards Ltd, booksellers, London, England

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1965-1972;
  • Annual returns and annual reports 1956-1981;
  • Memorandum and articles of association 1956.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hatchards Ltd was incorporated as a limited liability company in 1956  to acquire the business of Collsack Ltd , booksellers, London, England. Hatchards Ltd was a subsidiary of William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd , publishers, Glasgow, Scotland, and acted as a London-based bookstore for their publications. In 1971 the shop on Piccadilly, London, was employing 65 people rising to 90 people by 1977. At some point around 1990  , William Collins Sons & Co Ltd sold the bookstore and the company became registered as William Collins G(XIV) Ltd . This company was dissolved in 1996  . In 2003, the Hatchards store continued to trade on Piccadilly and was owned by HMV Media Group plc, London.


The material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series items are generally arranged chronologically.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

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

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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

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow


None expected

Related Material

GB 0248 UGD 243/1 Records of William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd

Material in other repositories: no material associated by provenance

Location of Originals

This material is original


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

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, April 2003. Lower level description compiled by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 27 May 2008

Geographical Names