What does the Archive contain?
- Stationers' Company Registers or Entry Books of Copies 1554-1842 (Copyright records for the period 1842-1924 are deposited at The National Archives. Further information about them is available at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk )
- Court Books, 1602 to the present day
- Membership records, 1555 to the present day
- Legal and official records, from 1557
- Records relating to bequests, charities and pensions, 1593 to 1929
- Records relating to property owned by the Company from 1674
- English Stock records 1603-1961
- Financial records, from 1605
- Family papers
- Miscellaneous ephemera which includes invitation cards, programmes, etc
Accessing the Archive
Our Reading Room is now open to researchers. Opening hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10.00-17.00. To view our access policy, click here.
Access is by appointment only. Please contact the archivist at least one week prior to your intended visit, with as much information as possible about your intended research and any additional requirements you may have, to ensure that we can help you make the most of your visit.
Researchers are asked to complete a registration form on their first visit, and to bring along two forms of identification. The form may be downloaded here. Please note the list of acceptable forms of ID. Members of the Company are not required to register.
All users of the Reading Room will be required to sign in, and to abide by the Reading Room Regulations. You can view the Regulations here. Access to our Archive is free of charge and is open to all researchers, but it is conditional on your acceptance of these regulations.
Our membership records concerning apprentices and Freemen of the Company can now be consulted via The Records of London's Livery Companies Online (ROLLCO) at http://www.londonroll.org/. A collaboration between the Centre for Metropolitan History and several of London's Livery Companies, ROLLCO is a fully searchable database of Livery Company membership over time. ROLLCO will be of particular interest to family historians, genealogists and biographers.
Members of the Stationers Company can access the resource directly via the ‘Members Only’ section of this website. For more information, see our Archive News features at https://stationers.org/library-archives/archive-news.html.
A microfilm edition of a large number of the Company’s historic records, The Records of the Stationers' Company 1554-1920, was published by Chadwyck-Healey in 1986. These 115 reels of microfilm provide access to the majority of the Company’s administrative and financial records from this period. The microfilm is available to researchers at the following libraries in Great Britain and overseas:-
Great Britain and Ireland
- Aberdeen University Library
- Cambridge University Library
- Dublin, Trinity College Library
- Leeds, The Brotherton Library
- London, The British Library (please email the Maps & Manuscripts Reference Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on how to access the Stationers’ Company Archive microfilms)
- Oxford, The Bodleian Library
- Scotland, The National Library
- Wales, The National Library
U.S.A. & Canada
- Auburn University
- Baylor University
- Cincinnati University
- Columbia University, New York
- Delaware University Library
- Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC
- Georgia State University
- Harvard University Library
- Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
- Kansas State University
- Kent State University
- Louisiana State University
- Pennsylvania State University
- Purdue University, Indianapolis
- Texas Technical University
- Vassar College
- Virginia, University of
- Australia: University of Newcastle, NSW; Monash University, Vic; University of Sydney, NSW
- New Zealand, Wellington
- Japan, at least 6 libraries
Please note that, while we will make every effort to help you with basic enquiries, we do not have the resources to undertake research on your behalf.