The Stationers’ Company Archive

Visitor''s address: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD

England, United Kingdom

E-mail address:
+44 (0)207 246 0984
Opening hours:

Wednesday: 10.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 17.00. Thursday: 10.00 – 13.00, 14.00 – 17.00.

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Access information:

Access is by appointment only; please contact the archivist at least a week in advance of your intended visit. Please inform us then of any special access requirements you may have.

Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled people:

Please inform us in advance of any special access requirements you may have (see access information above).

Archival and other holdings:

The Company's historic records date from 1554 to the present day. Consulted by scholars since the mid-eighteenth century, they are a key archival source for the history of the English book trade and the development of copyright; the evolution of London livery companies and corporate London; and the social history of the city. Records held in the Stationers' Company Archive include: Stationers' Company Registers or Entry Book of Copies 1554-1842. (Copyright records for the period 1842-1924 are deposited at the National Archives. Further information about them is available at 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 A small collection of family papers belonging to former members of the Company, such as the Tottell papers (1448-1714) and the Baskett papers (1740s-1840s) Miscellaneous ephemera which includes invitation cards, programmes, etc

Extent of holdings: 180 linear metres m
Date(s) of the holdings: 1554
Other information
Type of archive:

Specialised non-governmental archives and archives of other cultural (heritage) institutions

Last update: 21.11.2018
Archival Material