Blackwood Papers: part of the literary archives of the firm of William Blackwood and Sons, publishers.
Scope and Contents
The papers consist mainly of letters written by authors to Blackwood as their publisher, and by others in search of publication, but they also include some manuscripts and proofs of works considered for publication, together with some papers of William Edmondstoune Aytoun and John Wilson ('Christopher North'). Broadly, this is the incoming correspondence of the firm during the nineteenth century. The outgoing correspondence, so far as it is represented by copies in letter-books, etc., remained with Messrs Blackwood, as did the material relating solely to commercial and financial matters.
- Creation: 1805-1900, undated.
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940 Volumes ; Folio and under.
Language of Materials
The papers have been arranged and bound in volumes as follows:
MSS.4001-4734. Correspondence MSS.4735-4891. Manuscripts and proofs MSS.4892-4894. Contributors' lists MSS.4895-4934. Aytoun papers MSS.4935-4936. Wilson financial papers MSS.4937-4940. Additional papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented, 1942 (MSS.4001-4936), 1961 (MSS.4937-4940), by Messrs William Blackwood and Sons, Ltd, Edinburgh.
Printed items received with the papers but which contain no manuscript additions have been transferred to the printed book collections of the National Library of Scotland.
For a shorter but chronologically more extensive history of the firm, see ‘House of Blackwood, 1804-1954’ by F D Tredrey (Edinburgh, 1954).
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