Records of Arco Publications Ltd, publishers, London, England

Scope and Content

Minute book 1959-1972

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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

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

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

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)

Location of Originals

This material is original


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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 input by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 27 May 2008

Geographical Names