Constable (Firm)

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The publisher, Constable & Company has its origins with Scottish publisher, Archibald Constable at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Constable founded the EDINBURGH REVIEW and gained notice as the publisher of Sir Walter Scott. Severe financial problems in 1826 caused the bankruptcy of Constable's publishing house.

The Constable & Co. associated with these records had its origins in 1890 when Archibald's grandson turned over his interests to a nephew, H. Arthur Doubleday. In 1895 Doubleday took on Otto Kyllmann and Wm M. Meredith as partners. In 1899 Constable & Co. began publishing the "Victoria History of the Counties of England." Michael Sadleir joined the firm during this period.

The most prominent authors of the revived publishing house included George Bernard Shaw, Harold Nicolson, Damon Runyon, and Patrick Hamilton. In 1937 Martha Smith was elected to the Board of Directors. Sadleir retired in 1957 and in 1962 the firm was sold to Glazebrook and Hyde.

From the description of Directors' Files, Records, 1899-1959. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 145566723

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Keable, Robert, 1887-1927. Constable Correspondence, 1921-1939. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Mary Hyde Eccles papers Houghton Library
referencedIn Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970. Constable Correspondence, 1926-1942. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. : Series I., General Correspondence, 1922-1977 (bulk 1946-1966). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Hamnett, Nina, 1890-1956. Constable Correspondence, Letters-Legal Documents, 1932-1935. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Bernard Shaw papers, 1878-1964. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series V., Editor Files, 1873-1984 (bulk 1960-1980). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948. Constable Correspondence, 1918-1929. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Jameson, Margaret. Constable Correspondence, 1918-1943. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Constable (firm). Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser and Donald Elder, 1920-1947, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Sadleir, Michael, 1888-1957. Michael Sadleir papers, 1797-1958 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Guedalla, Philip, 1889-1944. Constable Correspondence, 1914-1939. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn On Publishing the Letters of Vincent van Gogh, Constable Correspondence, 1935-1938. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn MacLehose, James. Constable Correspondence, 1928-1933. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956. Constable Correspondence, 1911-1942. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Field, Bradda, 1904-1957. Constable Correspondence, 1927-1944. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Marshall, Bruce, 1899-1987. Constable Correspondence, 1944-1957. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931. Constable Correspondence, 1929-1954. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Runyon, Damon, 1880-1946. Constable Correspondence, 1936-1937. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Belloc, Hilaire, 1870-1953. Constable Correspondence, 1911-1941. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939. Constable Correspondence, 1915-1939. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945. Constable Correspondence, 1926-1946. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Constable (Firm). Correspondence with Chaim Potok, 1991-1992. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979. Constable Correspondence, 1935-1946. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1865-1946. Constable Correspondence, 1917-1943. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Lockhart, J. G. (John Gibson), 1794-1854. Autograph letter signed : to Messrs. Constable, [probably early 1826]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Santayana, George, 1863-1952. Constable Correspondence, 1919-1948. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Aubrey-Fletcher, Henry Lancelot, Sir, 1887-1969. Constable Correspondence, 1926-1938. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series VI., Editorial Department Files, 1915-1984 (bulk 1948-1978). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. Autograph letter signed : Abbotsford, to Constable & Co., 1823 Apr. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hamilton, Patrick, 1904 Mar. 17-1962. Constable Correspondence, 1926-1956. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn James family publication accounts and correspondence, 1890-1923. Houghton Library
referencedIn Horgan, Paul, 1903-1995. Constable Correspondence, 1935-1945. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962. Constable Correspondence, 1915-1930. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Murry, John Middleton, 1889-1957. Constable Correspondence, 1916-1956. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Nicolson, Harold George, Sir, 1886-1968. Constable Correspondence, 1920-1960. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Bartlett, Vernon, 1894-1983. Constable Correspondence, 1925-1928. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Constable (Firm). Directors' Files, Records, 1899-1959. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Royde-Smith, Naomi. Constable Correspondence, 1922-1928. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
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associatedWith Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962. person
associatedWith Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Archibald Constable & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Aubrey-Fletcher, Henry Lancelot, Sir, 1887-1969. person
associatedWith Baird-Smith, Robin. person
associatedWith Bartlett, Vernon, 1894-1983. person
associatedWith Belloc, Hilaire, 1870-1953. person
associatedWith Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948. person
associatedWith Curtis Brown, Ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956. person
associatedWith Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970. person
associatedWith Doubleday, Doran & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945. person
correspondedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Elder, Donald. person
associatedWith Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939. person
associatedWith Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979. person
associatedWith Field, Bradda, 1904-1957. person
associatedWith Guedalla, Philip, 1889-1944. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Patrick, 1904 Mar. 17-1962. person
associatedWith Hamnett, Nina, 1890-1956. person
associatedWith Horgan, Paul, 1903-1995. person
correspondedWith James family. family
associatedWith Jameson, Margaret. person
associatedWith Jameson, Margaret. person
associatedWith Keable, Robert, 1887-1927. person
associatedWith Kyllmann, Otto. person
associatedWith Lockhart, J. G. (John Gibson), 1794-1854. person
associatedWith MacLehose, James. person
associatedWith Marshall, Bruce, 1899-1987. person
associatedWith Murray, John Middleton, 1889-1957. person
associatedWith Murry, John Middleton, 1889-1957. person
associatedWith Nicolson, Harold George, Sir, 1886-1968. person
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
associatedWith Royde-Smith, Naomi. person
associatedWith Runyon, Damon, 1880-1946. person
associatedWith Sadleir, Michael, 1888-1957. person
associatedWith Santayana, George, 1863-1952. person
associatedWith Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931. person
associatedWith Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. person
associatedWith Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. person
associatedWith Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1865-1946. person
associatedWith Smith, Martha. person
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