Archives of Secker & Warburg

The firm of Secker and Warburg was founded as Martin Secker in 1910 and purchased by Fredric Warburg in 1936. Apart from its work in introducing foreign writers such as Colette, Kafka, Mann and Musil to English readers, is particularly associated with Norman Douglas and George Orwell. In the early 1980s the firm became part of the Heinemann Group, which was in turn taken over by Reed International and more recently by Random House.

The collection contains records dating from 1945-1990s and includes general, editorial, publicity and production correspondence, some of which relates to the above authors. There is also correspondence files for US publishers and literary agents, files of correspondence with Secker editors such as Tom Rosenthal and Barley Alison, and publicity photographs of authors.

The Random House Group Library and Archive has review files from the 1920s and some author files from 1984.

Some early company records relating to Martin Secker Ltd can be found in the USA:

Readers will need the permission of Random House publishers before consulting material in this collection.

More information

  • The collection is currently in an uncatalogued state. Please contact us regarding availability of material
  • Manuscript numbers MSS 1090, 2081

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