Heinemann Educational Books Ltd Manuscripts Collection

Scope and Content

A collection of manuscripts, typescripts, and proof copies relating to works of prose-fiction and non-fiction published by Heinemann Educational Books Ltd. The collections includes manuscripts and typescripts relating to works published in the Heinemann African Writers Series; Heinemann Caribbean Writers Series; Heinemann Studies in African Literature series; Heinemann Secondary Readers series; and miscellaneous other Heinemann works relating to Africa.

Administrative / Biographical History

Heinemann Educational Books Ltd was formed in 1961 when what had previously been the educational department of the UK publisher William Heinemann Ltd was re-organised as a separate company. The new company operated a number of international offices, including in Ibadan and Nairobi. Heinemann Educational Books was responsible for the publication of the Heinemann African Writers Series (from 1962) and Heinemann Caribbean Writers Series (from 1970).

In 1985, William Heinemann Ltd and Heinemann Educational Books Ltd were acquired by Octopus Publishing. Octopus was in turn taken over by Reed Books in 1987. In 1997, William Heinemann Ltd was sold to Random House, however, Heinemann Educational remained part of the Reed Elsevier group, as an imprint of Harcourt Education International. Harcourt Education International (including the African Writers Series) was sold by Reed Elsevier in 2007 to the publisher Pearson.


The collection is arranged into five series: African Writers Series [HEB/AWS]; Caribbean Writers Series [HEB/CWS]; Studies in African Literature [HEB/SAL]; Secondary Readers [HEB/SER]; and miscellaneous Heinemann Educational Books publications relating to Africa [HEB/MISC].

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

The largest part of the Heinemann Educational Books Ltd Manuscript Collection was presented to SOAS Library by the publisher in the 1970s and 1980s; some works were donated or deposited directly by the authors themselves; and a small number of works were later purchased.

Conditions Governing Use

No copying of this collection is permitted due to deposit agreements.

Related Material

The company archive of Heinemann Educational Books Ltd, 1946-80, is held at The Archive of British Publishing and Printing, Special Collections, University of Reading. These records include correspondence between the publisher and the writers, and reviewers' reports on manuscript.