Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

ELKIN MATHEWS, LTD MSS.

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Inventory

I. Correspondence. Arranged chronologically, followed by individual files for Charles Scribner's Sons, Ltd., Harold W. Edwards and Ian Fleming.

Box 1: 1927 - 1937, Apr. 11

Box 2: 1937, Apr. 12 - Sept.

Box 3: 1937, Oct. - 1938, Mar. 19

Box 4: 1938, Mar. 20 - Aug.

Box 5: 1938, Sept. - 1939, Mar. 9

Box 6: 1939, Mar. 10 - Sept.

Box 7: 1939, Oct. - 1940, Feb.

Box 8: 1940, Mar. - Oct.

Box 9: 1940, Nov. - 1941, May

Box 10: 1941, June - Nov. 19

Box 11: 1941, Nov. 20 - 1942, Apr.

Box 12: 1942, May - Oct.

Box 13: 1942, Nov. - 1943, Mar.

Box 14: 1943, Apr. - Aug.

Box 15: 1943, Sept. - 1944, Jan. 20

Box 16: 1944, Jan. 21 - June

Box 17: 1944, July - Dec.

Box 18: 1945 - 1947, May

Box 19: 1947, June - Oct.

Box 20: 1947, Nov. - 1948, Mar. 20

Box 21: 1948, Mar. 21 - Aug. 10

Box 22: 1948, Aug. 11 - Dec.

Box 23: 1949, Jan. - May 20

Box 24: 1949, May 21 - Oct.

Box 25: 1949, Nov. - 1950, Feb. 19

Box 26: 1950, Feb. 20 - Aug. 13

Box 27: 1950, Aug. 14 - Dec.

Box 28: 1951, Jan. - Apr.

Box 29: 1951, May - Nov.

Box 30: 1951, Dec. - 1952, Apr.

Box 31: 1952, May - Oct.

Box 32: 1952, Nov. - 1953, Mar.

Box 33: 1953, Apr. - Aug.

Box 34: 1953, Sept. - 1954, Feb. 20

Box 35: 1954, Feb. 21 - July

Box 36: 1954, Aug. - Nov.

Box 38: 1954, Dec. - 1955, Apr.

Box 38: 1955, May - Oct.

Box 39: 1955, Nov., - 1956, May

Box 40: 1956, June - Nov.

Box 41: 1956, Dec. - 1957, Apr.

Box 42: 1957, May - Nov.

Box 43: 1957, Dec. - 1958, June

Box 44: 1958, July - Dec.

Box 45:

  • 1959 - 1984
  • Charles Scribner's Sons, Ltd. 1937 - 1944 (12 folders)
  • Edwards, Harold W. Dec., 1939 - 1940
  • Fleming, Ian. 1935 - 1966 (3 folders)

Box 81: Oversize

  • Fleming, Ian. Page proof for Fleming's "Spying is Big Business in Britain" for The Sunday Times, ca. 1960

II. Business - Financial. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 46:

  • Bank statements. 1936 - 1953 (6 folders)
  • Cancelled checks. 1944 - 1953 (14 folders)
  • Cash books. 1922 - 1935 (2 volumes)

Box 47:

  • Cash books. 1932 - 1980 (9 volumes) (see also: Box 80)
  • Commissions paid on sales (2 volumes)
  • Counterfoils for checks (see: Box 78)
  • Credit notes. 1936 - 1947 (4 folders)

Box 48:

  • Customer sales records:
    • American. 1927 - 1940 (4 folders)
    • British. 1927 - 1973 (9 folders)
    • Foreign. 1937 - 1969 (6 folders)

Box 49:

  • Customer sales records: Miscellaneous 1938 -1939
  • Foreign exchange statements. 1940 - 1952 (9 folders)
  • The Guild House. Sales, 1950
  • Invoices. 1935, May - 1945

Box 50:

  • Invoices. 1949, May - 1956, Apr.
  • Monthly totals for 1928 - 1939. Also includes: Foreign purchases for 1948 - 1953 and New books on order for 1948 (1 volume)
  • Petty cash. 1938, Oct. - 1941, May (1 volume)

Box 51:

  • Petty cash. 1941, Nov. - 1979 (5 volumes)
  • Postage books. 1938 - 1954, Jan. (3 volumes)
  • Purchases. 1933, Apr. - 1954, Oct. (2 volumes)
  • Quarterly statements. 1932-1939. Includes accounts receivable for 1970 (1 volume)
  • Receipts. W.H. Smith & Son, Ltd., 1940-1957
  • Receipts. 1933 - 1934

Box 52: Receipts. 1934 (cont.) - 1936

Box 53: Receipts. 1936 (cont.) - 1937

Box 54: Receipts. 1937 (cont.) - 1939

Box 55: Receipts. 1939 (cont.) - 1942

Box 56: Receipts. 1942 (cont.) - 1947

Box 57: Receipts. 1947 (cont.) - 1949

Box 58: Receipts. 1949 (cont.) - 1952

Box 59: Receipts. 1952 (cont.) - 1955

Box 60:

  • Receipts. 1955 (cont.) - 1968
  • Sales day registers. 1940, Mar. - 1951, Feb. (2 volumes)

Box 61:

  • Sales day registers. 1951, Mar. - 1984, Apr. Register for 1964 - 1965 includes purchases for Aug. 1973 - 1980; register for 1968 - 1969 includes various notes for 1985-1987; register for 1974, Aug. - 1978 includes purchases for 1980 - 1983 and employee wages, 1965 - 1970; register for 1983, May - 1984, Apr includes purchases and petty cash records for 1983 - 1984 (9 volumes)
  • Sales ledgers (profits). 1934, Oct. - 1942, May (2 volumes)
  • Share certificates (see: Box 80)
  • Stock inventory. ca. 1936 - 1951 (2 volumes) (see also: Box 80)
  • Tax papers. 1933 - 1955 (8 folders)
  • Miscellaneous pages from ledgers, etc.

Box 78: Counterfoils for checks

Box 80: Oversize

  • Cash book. 1968, Aug. - 1979, July (1 volume)
  • Share certificates. 1922 - 1932 (1 volume)
  • Stock inventory. 1951 - 1973 (1 volume)

III. Business - General. Arranged alphabetically by subject, followed by card files.

Box 62:

  • Addresses. Address books, changes of address cards, etc. (5 folders)
  • Advertisements. Typescripts, page proofs for The Times Literary Supplement, tear sheets, etc. for catalogues and individual items offered by Elkin-Mathews, Ltd.
  • Appraisals. Ann MacDonald children's book collection, 1969; Arnold Bennett manuscripts undated; Gerald E. Coke collections, 1936, 1938, 1947; Mary Webb Library, undated (5 folders)
  • Books in parts. Notebook
  • Catalogues. Typescripts, page proofs, galleys for various Elkin Mathews, Ltd. catalogues, 1940s - 1950s
  • Counterfoils for post office deliveries (see: Box 78)
  • The Guild House. Application to display advertisement, drawings for signage, etc.
  • Import/Export. Lists of exported items, applications for licenses, related printed materials
  • Insurance. Policies, etc., 1919 - 1952 (9 folders)
  • Legal. Mostly agreements concerning share holdings, partnerships, and personnel appointments. 1922 - 1956 (3 folders)
  • Lists. Nos. 1-38. Mimeograph lists of secondhand books for sale from Stortford Bookshop Ltd., later Elkin Mathews, Ltd. No. 38 is incomplete. undated (4 folders)

Box 63:

  • Lists - Miscellaneous. Elkin Mathews, Ltd. want lists or stock lists (8 folders)
  • Locations list. undated (1 volume)
  • Notes. Concerning individual items and collections (4 folders)
  • "Notes for the Guidance of Customers." 1954?
  • Paper. Orders for letterhead, labels, and order blanks; samples of paper;
  • Photographs. Advertising, catalog illustrations, etc.
  • Rationing. Mostly printed instructions concerning food and clothing rationing for employers
  • Renovations. Specs and floor plans, 1948 - 1951
  • Rental agreements. 1922 - 1933
  • Want lists from various individuals and book dealers. Typescript and printed. 1934 - 1948 (13 folders)

Box 64:

  • Want lists... (cont.). 1949 - 1954 (3 folders)
  • Printed. Mostly book dealer catalogues and advertisements (4 folders)
  • Clippings and tear sheets
  • Miscellaneous (2 folders)

Card files. Arranged alphabetically by author, subject, "Sold" and miscellaneous:

Box 65: Authors: A - Colen

Box 66: Authors: Coleridge - Gq

Box 67: Authors: Gr - L

Box 68: Authors: M - Rothenstein

Box 69: Authors: Rothenstein (cont.) - Whis

Box 70: Authors: Whit - Z; miscellaneous authors; Subjects: Advertising - Arts & Crafts (A-D)

Box 71: Subjects: Arts & Crafts (E-Z) - Catastrophes

Box 72: Subjects: Children - Fine Printing (A-O)

Box 73: Subjects: Fine Printing (O-Z) - Jest

Box 74: Subjects: Language - Photography

Box 75: Subjects: Puzzles, games, etc. - Travel

Box 76: Subjects: Typography - Writing books; miscellaneous subjects

Box 77: "Sold"

Box 78: Miscellaneous

IV. Personal. Arranged alphabetically by subject

Box 79:

  • Advertisements and order forms for books written by PM
  • Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. 1938 - 1956. Annual reports, programs, newsletters, minutes, etc. (8 folders)
  • Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. Training scheme, 1948-1949
  • The British Council, Books and Publishing Advisory Panel agenda. Oct. 31, 1952
  • Cash book. 1945 - 1947
  • National Book League. 1947 - 1952. Minutes, annual reports, etc. (2 folders)
  • Organizations, societies, etc. Announcements, minutes, etc.
  • Photographs: PM in BBC studio; two group photographs
  • Royalty statement. 1948. For Book-Collecting as a Hobby
  • Share certificates (Nos. 7-9) for The Stortford Bookshop; "Summary of Share Capital and Shares of Elkin Matthews (sic)" - PM, William Greville Worthington and Ian Fleming named as directors
  • Takeley Welcome Home and War Memorial Fund Committee. Minutes of meetings, 1945-1947 and miscellaneous papers
  • Writings:
    • A Book Collector's Group, [1949?]
    • Book Collecting (Part II). Contract only
    • Books from Abroad, undated
    • A Deathbed Repentance, Noblesse Oblige, the Count de Fumerol (play), undated
    • The Fifty Book of the Year, undated
    • The French Book Trade Exhibition, Mar. 1952
    • Goethe and the Book Collector, [1948?]
    • The History of Children's Books, Apr. 3, 1947
    • Impressions of the Dorchester Luncheon, June 1947
    • The International Conference at Copenhagen, the Social Side, 1947
    • Is There Money in Old Bibles? [1949?]
    • The John Gribbell Sale in New York, [1941?]
    • The Library of St. Clement Danes, June 18, 1942
    • The Man of Property, undated
    • The Modern Library at Watlington Park, undated
    • Mr. Carter Reports Progress, [1938]
    • The Newton Sale: Third and Final Section, undated
    • Notes on Sales, 1937 - 1944 (4 folders)
    • A Personal Chapter, [1947]
    • Post-War German Printing, undated
    • The Price of Rare Books, [1944?]
    • Printing for the Blind: A Short History of Its Typography [1938]
    • Private Libraries: Dr. and Mrs. Philip Gosse, undated
    • Private Libraries: Mr. Boies Penrose, undated
    • Private Libraries: Mr. Gerald Coke, undated
    • Private Libraries: Mr. Maurice Buxton Forman, undated
    • Private Libraries: Mr. Roland Knaster, undated
    • Private Libraries: Professor A. Wolfe, undated
    • Private Libraries: The Rev. Canon R. B. Fellows, undated
    • Private Libraries: Sir Ambrose Heal, undated
    • Rare Book Notes, undated
    • Robert John Thornton and His Temple of Flora, May 21, 1947
    • Rousseau's Emile, [1947?]
    • The Simplicity of Book Collecting, [1938?]
    • What Is a First Edition (with O. E. Deutsch), undated
  • Writings: book reviews; lectures/speeches; untitled and fragments (5 folders)
  • Writings by others
  • Miscellaneous (2 folders)

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