- Minutes 1946-1958;
- Register of members and share ledgers 1946-1954.
Records of Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd, publishers, London, England
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd was incorporated as a limited liability company in 1946 with registered offices on Connaught Street, London, England. The first directors of the company were the publishers Rupert Hart-Davis and Edward Young, and the author David Garrett. The initial capital of the company was £15,000 and it was increased to £60,000 in 1949 in order to build new premises. The company employed a number of salesmen who travelled around the country selling the fiction and non-fiction titles produced by the company. In 1962 , the company acquired the education and nautical publishers Adlard Coles Ltd , Southampton.
In 1963 , the company was acquired by Granada Group Ltd , media group, London. Granada merged the business of Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd with another of their publishing subsidiaries, MacGibbon & Kee Ltd , acquired in 1968 , to form Hart-Davis, MacGibbon Ltd in 1972 , although Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd continued as a company in its own right. In 1983 , Granada sold its publishing interests to the Scottish publishers William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd , Glasgow. Rupert Hart-Davis Ltd remained a registered company until it was dissolved finally in 1993 .
The material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series items are generally arranged chronologically.
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
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
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures
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 descriptions input by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 27 May 2008