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

We currently cannot provide onsite archive access to researchers, but our ongoing archive relocation project will change this. We hope to offer access to our collections in the next year, and will update this page accordingly, so please check back here. In the meantime, researchers are encouraged to explore our records via the following resources.

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.

A wide range of Company records has been digitised for the Adam Matthew Literary Print Culture resource (http://www.literaryprintculture.amdigital.co.uk/), available to non-members via subscription. Members of the Stationers Company will be soon able to access the resource directly via the ‘Members Only’ section of this website. For more information, see our Archive News feature on the resource (https://stationers.org/library-archives/archive-news/1968-adam-matthew-s-video-about-digitising-the-stationers-company-archive.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
  • 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


Other

  • Australia: University of Newcastle, NSW; Monash University, Vic; University of Sydney, NSW
  • New Zealand, Wellington
  • Japan, at least 6 libraries

Enquiries

Please note that the Company is currently unable to respond to external enquiries.

 

The Worshipful Company
of Stationers
and Newspaper Makers

Stationers' Hall
Ave Maria Lane
London EC4M 7DD

Telephone: 020 7248 2934
Fax: 020 7489 1975