Records of Harvill Press Ltd, publishers, London, England

Scope and Content

  • Journal 1958-1979;
  • Private ledger 1946-1951;
  • Ledger 1958-1979;
  • Annual returns 1949-1955;
  • Directors reports and accounts 1977.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harvill Press Ltd was established by 1946  as a publishers with its head offices in London, England, publishing a range of fiction and non-fiction books. By 1976  , the company was a non-trading imprint of William Collins, Sons & Co Ltd , publishers, Glasgow, Scotland, with a share capital of å£2,000. In 1989  , William Collins Sons & Co Ltd merged with the American publishers Harper & Row to form HarperCollins. Harvill Press became a subsidiary of Harper Collins Publishing Ltd , before changing its name to HCP (HP) Ltd in 1995. It was dissolved in 1996  . Around this time there was a management buy-out of Harvill Press Ltd and this firm was later acquired by Random House Group Ltd, publishers, London.


The material is arranged into series as shown in the scope and content. Within series items are generally arranged chronologically.

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

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