Deighton, Bell and Co., booksellers: business archive

Scope and Content

The archive includes [A] retail, and [B] trade and publishing accounts, [C] stock books, [D] financial account books, [E] publishing contracts, [F] business correspondence, [G] testamentary and [J] property papers, and [K] Smith family papers.

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Heffers Ltd, 1993.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed list, appended to Jonathan R. Topham, 'Two centuries of Cambridge publishing and bookselling: a brief history of Deighton, Bell & Co., 1778-1998, with a checklist of the archive', Transactions of Cambridge Bibliographical Society, XI:3 (1998), is available at the desk in the Manuscripts Room.

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.