Deighton, Bell & Co: Papers

Scope and Content

A. Retail accounts

B. Trade and publishing accounts

C. Stock books

D. General finance

E. Publishing contracts

F. Business correspondence

G. Papers relating to the estate of John Deighton

H. Company records relating to Deighton, Bell & Co.

J. Property

K. Private papers relating to the Smith family

L. Miscellaneous items

Administrative / Biographical History

Deighton, Bell & Co., Cambridge booksellers, was founded in the eighteenth century. The company's name originates from 1854, when the firm J. & J.J. Deighton was acquired by the publisher George Bell (1814-1890).

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Heffers, Cambridge, 10 November 1993.


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


For further information about the company and this collection see Jonathan Topham, 'Two centuries of Cambridge publishing and bookselling: a brief history of Deighton, Bell and Co., 1778-1998, with a checklist of the archive', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 11 (1998), pp. 350-403.

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