Blackwood Papers: part of the literary archives of the firm of William Blackwood and Sons, publishers. Edit




  • 1805-1900, undated. (Creation)


  • 940 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • 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.

  • Bibliography

    These papers were used by Mrs Oliphant and Mrs Gerald Porter in compiling ‘Annals of a Publishing House: William Blackwood and His Sons’, 3 volumes (Edinburgh, 1897-1898).

    For a shorter but chronologically more extensive history of the firm, see ‘House of Blackwood, 1804-1954’ by F D Tredrey (Edinburgh, 1954).

  • Arrangement

    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

  • Separated Materials

    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.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1942 (MSS.4001-4936), 1961 (MSS.4937-4940), by Messrs William Blackwood and Sons, Ltd, Edinburgh.

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