- Minute book and share ledger 1958-1976
Records of Staples Press Ltd, publishers, London, England
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Staples Press Ltd was incorporated as a limited liability company in 1958 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 Arco Publications Ltd who shared offices with the Staples.
Upon Samuel's death in 1961, Basil Grey Lichfield was appointed as a director of Staples Press Ltd. He was also a director of MacGibbon & Kee Ltd , publishers, London, who appear to have acquired Staples Press in 1962 . The company does not appear to have traded in its first few years of business but by the late 1960s appears to have been involved in producing translations of some English fiction books for export to India. MacGibbon & Kee Ltd were acquired by the Granada Group Ltd , media group, London, along with Staples Press Ltd.
In 1972 , Staples Press merged with Crosby Lockwood & Son Ltd, London, publishers of scientific and technical books, to form Crosby Lockwood Ltd . This company was then transferred to become a subsidiary of Granada Publishing Ltd , London, a subsidiary of the Granada Group Ltd. In 1983 , the Granada Group sold Granada Publishing Ltd and its subsidiaries to the Scottish publishers, William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd , based in Glasgow by which point the company was known as Crosby Lockwood Staples Ltd . This company became William Collins G(VII) Ltd in 1987 before being dissolved finally in 1993 .
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
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)
Alternative Form Available
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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents
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Held by William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd, Glasgow
Location of Originals
This material is original
No known publications using this material
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), 28 May 2008