Hamish Hamilton Archive: DM1352

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Hamish Hamilton Ltd. was founded in 1931 by Jamie Hamilton, the former London representative of Harper & Brothers of New York. Using American contacts, Hamilton was able to publish a wide selection of eminent American authors' works previously unavailable in the UK. During World War II Hamilton was seconded to the American Division of the Ministry of Information. In 1965 Hamish Hamilton Ltd. was purchased by the Thomson Organisation, although Hamilton remained as Managing Director until 1972, as Chairman until 1981, and as President until his death in 1988. In 1985 Penguin Books acquired the company from the Thomson Organisation and in 1989 it was entirely absorbed into Penguin, where it remains as an imprint.

The collection is arranged as follows:
Contracts
Rights and copyright files
Associated legal material
Correspondence with authors
Correspondence with editors
Editorial files
Files on specific authors

Surname Index to the Hamish Hamilton editorial files:
Surnames A-D (464 Kb, doc)
Surnames E-H (352 Kb, doc)
Surnames I-L (207 Kb, doc)
Surnames M-P (300 Kb, doc)
Surnames Q-T (320 Kb, doc)
Surnames U-Z (161 Kb, doc)

Dates of Creation: 1931-1986

Extent: 525 archive boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: On deposit with University of Bristol Library Special Collections from Penguin Books Ltd.

Access Conditions: Accessible to all bona fide readers with permission from Penguin Books Ltd.  Please note that the Allen Lane Files are currently only listed to box level, and care must be taken when using them.  A typescript catalogue is available in Special Collections.

Copyright/Reproduction: Permission to copy material must be obtained from Penguin Books Ltd. and the University of Bristol Library Special Collections.

See also:
Hamish Hamilton company history, Hamish Hamilton website.
Location Register of 20th-century English Literary Manuscripts: database of information about the location of literary authors’ manuscripts.

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