Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS803
TitleBritish Book Trade Index
Extent7 boxes
Date[c 1968]-2011
DescriptionPapers relating to the administration and management of British Book Trade Index, including Book Trade History Group Newsletter (published by the Book Trade History Group), Nos 1-41, 1986-2001 (issue 28, 1996 missing); lists of publications; correspondence and papers of Profesor Peter Isaac; project progress reports; handbook for collaborators an users; issues of 'Quadrat: a periodical bulletin of research in progress on the British book trade', Issue 1, January 1995 to Issue 24, Summer 2011.
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Administrative HistoryBritish Book Trade Index was founded in 1983 by Professor Peter Isaac at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with financial assistance from the Sir James Knott Charitable Trust, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. Professor Isaac died in June 2002, shortly after seeing the project established at the University of Birmingham where the then Arts and Humanities Research Board’s (AHRB) Research Enhancement Scheme funded a project for the transfer of data into online web presence and for other development work including the addition of many thousands more records and research projects including a study of book trade networks in the Midlands. The funded project, directed by Dr Maureen Bell with the assistance of John Hinks as Research Fellow, ended in 2005. By moving to Oxford in 2015 BBTI joined the other resources for book trade history hosted by the Centre for the Study of the Book. This third phase in its development has been made possible by the support of the Printing Historical Society and Print Networks.

BBTI aims to include brief biographical and trade details of all those who worked in the British Isles (England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland) before 1852. It includes not just printers, publishers and booksellers but also the wider context of allied trades including stationers, papermakers, engravers, auctioneers, ink-makers and sellers of medicine. Data was derived from a range of published sources and from forms submitted by scholars ad local researchers.

The History of the Book Trade in the North was established in 1965 and has issued an average of two occasional papers per year, together with a small number of additional offprints, miscellaneous papers etc. A dictionary of the book trade in Northumberland and Durham and a supplement to this dictionary have also been published for the Group.

The Book Trade History Group was established in 1986. Its first Newsletter sets out its aims: to enable all those interested in Book Trade History and related subjects to communicate efficiently with each other, and to promote greater understanding between book trade historians, librarians and those directly involved in the book trade; to promote and advance the study of book trade history and related subjects at all levels; to act as a source of information and advice for those seeking to know more about the subject; to act as a source of expert advice for publishers and others who have the responsibility for accumulating and looking after book trade archives

The Book History Research Network, formerly the Book History Postgraduate Network, was established in 1998 by the former Book Trade History Group in co-operation with the Institute for English Studies at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London

Sources: (accessed June 2017); the records