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Undergraduate study, Queen Mary, University of London
Ref No (click to see in context)WFD/19/6
TitleJohn Lane Archive
Extent2 files
DescriptionThis sub-series contains correspondence relating to the acquisition, access, and withdrawal of the John Lane Archive, 1968-1990; and an inventory of the Archive, 1985.
Admin HistoryThe John Lane Archive consisted of approximately 30,000 letters, accounts, readers' reports, and manuscripts covering the activities of John Lane, The Bodley Head Publishing House, dating from 1887-1934. The collection was deposited with Westfield College, in its Rare Book Collection, in 1972 by the Allen Lane Foundation. Mr Michael Rhodes, of the English Department, was appointed the Archive's Archivist. Prior to its deposit at Westfield College, the Archive had been at University College London. In 1984, the Trustees decided to sell the collection. It was sold at Sotheby's on 18 Dec 1985 to Bertram Rota, a London dealer, for £187,000. One series of letters was sold separately for £35,000. The larger part of the collection was sold to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas. The smaller series were sold to a private American buyer.
ArrangementArranged chronologically, except where related letters have an existing grouping, in which case their original order has been maintained.
Access StatusOpen
CodePerson or Corporate Body Name
DS/UK/30Westfield College; 1882-1989; Higher Education Institution