Records of Staples Press Ltd, publishers, London, England

Scope and Content

  • Minute book and share ledger 1958-1976

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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

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

No known copies

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

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 243/18 Records of Arco Publications Ltd

Location of Originals

This material is original


No known publications using this material

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), 28 May 2008

Geographical Names