Archives of Cambridge University Press, 1586 - 2021
Scope and Contents
These administrative records include Press Syndicate minutes, accounts, production records of the printing operation, papers of senior managers, photographs, building plans, files relating to Bible printing, and authors' correspondence.
'Printing' represents the manufacturing process, 'publishing' represents the editorial input, design and dissemination of the printed material. Until the late 20th century, the most senior employee of the Press was known as the 'Secretary to the Press Syndicate' and he liaised with the 'University Printer'. The most senior figure at the Press is now the Chief Executive.
It should be noted that records relating to the establishment of the Press, and papers created before the first Curators (later Syndics) in 1696, will be found in the University Archives rather than the Press Archive. For example, the Letters Patent of 26 Henry VIII (20 Jul. 1534) granting to the University the right to appoint three stationers within the University, and to print 'all manner of books,' is found in UA/Luard 162.
The Press Archivist is currently working to complete the catalogue of the Press Archive and will make further record descriptions available as soon as possible. Please use references found under the heading 'Former / Other Reference' to request the items currently available to researchers.
- 1586 - 2021
Conditions Governing Access
Scholarly access to this material may be restricted if it contains information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. Please apply in advance to the Cambridge University Press Archivist.
Biographical / Historical
The Press was established as the University's own printing house in 1696, although the University had been chartered to licence printers since 1534. The Press has been the Queen’s Printers since 1989.
78.75 cubic metre(s) (78.75 cubic metres) : Paper, vellum, glass and film negatives
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Other Finding Aids
Hard copy lists for some Press records are available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room of Cambridge University Library. See also the following introductory articles by E. Leedham-Green: 'A guide to the archives of Cambridge University Press' (Chadwyck-Healey Ltd: Bishops Stortford, 1973); 'University Press records in the University Archives: an account and a check list' in Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society VIII, 1984, pp.398-418.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Press records have been transferred to the University Archives on permanent loan at various dates from 1957 onwards.
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