Minute book 1959-1972
Records of Arco Publications Ltd, publishers, London, England
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- ReferenceGB 248 UGD 243/18
- Dates of Creation1959-1972
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description0.1 metres (1 volume)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Arco Publications Ltd was incorporated as a limited liability company in 1959 with registered offices at 50 Margaret Street, London, England and later Portland Street, London, and a share capital of å£100. The first directors of the company were Howard Samuel and Reginald Gerard Davis-Poynter. Samuel was also a director of the Hour Press Ltd , publishers, London, whose board Davis-Poynter joined in 1961 and both were founding directors of Staples Press Ltd who shared offices with the Arco.
Upon Samuel's death in 1961, Basil Grey Lichfield was appointed as a director of Arco Publications Ltd. He was also a director of MacGibbon & Kee Ltd , publishers, London, who appear to have acquired Arco Publications Ltd in 1962 . By 1964, Arco had still not traded. MacGibbon & Kee Ltd were acquired by the Granada Group Ltd , media group, London, in 1968 along with Arco Publications Ltd, becoming a subsidiary of Granada's subsidiary publishing firm, Granada Publishing Ltd . In 1972 , Granada reorganised its publishing subsidiaries and Arco Publications Ltd became Hart-Davis, MacGibbon Ltd which acquired the business of the London publishing firms of Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd , London, and MacGibbon & Kee Ltd although these two companies remained companies in their own right.
In 1983 , the Granada Group sold Granada Publishing Ltd and its subsidiaries to the Scottish publishers, William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd , based in Glasgow and it appears that Hart-Davis, MacGibbon Ltd was dissolved around this time.
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Deposit : William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd via BACS : 1987
Other Finding Aids
GB 0248 UGD 243/1 Records of William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd
GB 0248 UGD 243/8 Records of Granada Publishing Ltd
GB 0248 UGD 243/13 Records of Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd
GB 0248 UGD 243/14 Records of MacGibbon & Kee Ltd
GB 0248 UGD 243/22 Records of Staples Press Ltd
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Held by William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow
Location of Originals
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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 input by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 27 May 2008