Penguin and related archives
A history of Penguin Books through an interactive timeline.
Special Collections holds a wide variety of materials on the establishment and business life of Penguin Books Ltd., and some of its imprints, as well as a large collection of Penguin books from 1935 to date.
The Penguin Archive
The Penguin Archive contains the archives of Penguin Books Ltd. from its foundation in 1935 to the 1990s. It includes a wide variety of materials on the establishment and business life of Penguin Books Ltd., as well as social events, legal cases (particularly the Lady Chatterley's Lover trial of 1960), exhibitions on the company's history, and the private lives of prominent figures in the early history of the company, including Sir Allen Lane, Eunice Frost, Betty Radice and Hans and Tanya Schmoller. There are also materials relating to translations that were published.
The Penguin Book Collection
An extensive collection of the publications of Penguin Books Ltd. from its first book in 1935, Andre Maurois’s Ariel, to the present day. The earliest books, dating from 1935 to 1969, were originally part of Sir Allen Lane’s personal collection of approximately 7,800 Penguin books, mostly signed by the author or editor.
Hamish Hamilton Archive
The Hamish Hamilton Archive (1931-1986) includes editorial files and notable correspondences with authors by Jamie Hamilton and editors such as Roger Machell.
Rough Guides Archive
The archive, including first editions of Rough Guide books, merchandising materials (including posters, dumpbins, sponge bags), and compact discs, was donated by Rough Guides' founder and Bristol graduate, Mark Ellingham.
Contains descriptions of many of our archive collections.