Records of Routledge & Kegan Paul

George Routledge began publishing in 1836 and founded his publishing company George Routledge & Co. in 1851. After briefly being known as Routledge, Warne & Routledge, it became George Routledge & Sons in 1865. In 1912 George Routledge & Sons merged with Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. to form Routledge & Kegan Paul. The Routledge Group was purchased by the Taylor & Francis Group in 1998.

The Routledge archives are divided, with ledgers, authors' agreements, printed catalogues and other papers 1853-1973 being held by the Library at University College London.

The University of Reading holds correspondence files covering the period 1935 to 1990, as well as review files 1950s-1990s.

Some material from the associated companies Methuen, Tavistock and Croom Helm (mainly publicity and editorial), International Thomson Publishing Services Ltd (records from the 1980s), Chapman & Hall, Sweet & Maxwell, Methuen, Spon, Eyre & Spottiswoode, Associated Book Publishers, and other minor subsidiaries ca. 1870-1970 is also included.

Some of the early records of Routledge, Kegan & Paul were microfilmed as part of the British Publishers' Archives on Microfilm project in the 1970s and 1980s including:

The archives of Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Henry S King 1858-1912

The archives of George Routledge & Co. 1856-1902

Please note that the University of Reading does not have sets of these microfilms or the accompanying indexes but copies are held by the British Library.

More information

  • Around 1500 correspondence files have been catalogued on Unicorn
  • Manuscript number MS 1489
publishing history correspondence, other archives/mss routledge and kegan paul

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