On trial: The John Murray Publishing Archive

I’m pleased to let you know that we currently have extended trial access to Nineteenth Century Literary Society: The John Murray Publishing Archive from Adam Matthew Digital. This collection offers unprecedented digital access to the peerless archive of the historic John Murray publishing company.

You can access Nineteenth Century Literary Society: The John Murray Publishing Archive from  the E-resources trials page.
Access is available on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 16th July 2020.

The archive of the John Murray publishing company contains primary source material spanning the entirety of the long nineteenth century and document the golden era of the House of Murray from its inception in 1768. Records digitised in this resource predominantly focus on the tenure of John Murray II and his son, John Murray III, as they rose to prominence in the publishing trade, launching long-running series including the political periodical Quarterly Review, and publishing genre-defining titles such as Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Austen’s Emma and Livingstone’s Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa.

The John Murray Archive houses the most complete archival collection of the famed poet, Lord Byron; his manuscripts and personal papers are a particular highlight of Nineteenth Century Literary Society, charting both literary triumph and personal scandal.

You can also trace the development of key Murray titles from initial discussions through to final drafts, browsing early advertisements and tracking sales successes – and failures – across financial papers and ledgers.

The John Murray Archive is housed at the National Library of Scotland, so while access is unavailable physically this trial gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the archive digitally. This resource also compliments another digital archive we have access to at the Library, Literary Print Culture: The Stationers’ Company Archive.

You can access Nineteenth Century Literary Society: The John Murray Publishing Archive via  E-resources trials.
Access is available on and off-campus.
Trial access ends 16th July 2020.
Feedback welcome.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.
You can access the full range of digital primary source and archive databases the Library has access to via the Digital primary source and archive collections guide.

Please note, trial access to a resource is an opportunity for our staff and students to try a resource out and give feedback on its quality and usefulness. However, if we trial a resource this is not an indication that we plan to or will be able to purchase or subscribe to the resource in the near future.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology