Fonds RC0071 - Macmillan Company of Canada fonds

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Macmillan Company of Canada fonds

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  • 1897-1996 (Creation)

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111.6 m of textual records and graphic material.

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The Canadian branch of the English Macmillan Company was founded on 26 December 1905 as the Macmillan Company of Canada Ltd., also called Macmillan of Canada and after July 1995, Macmillan Canada. Earlier documents pertain to the Morang Education Co. Ltd., purchased by Macmillan in 1912. The English owners of the Canadian branch sold the company to Maclean-Hunter Limited in 1973. In 1980 Macmillan of Canada was sold to Gage Publishing, later merged into the Canadian Publishing Corporation. In 1999 Macmillan Canada became an imprint of CDG Books (founded in December 1998). In April 2002 CDG Books was purchased by John Wiley & Sons, and Macmillan Canada ceased as an imprint and a publishing house.

Some of Macmillan's well-known authors include Grey Owl, Mazo de la Roche, Vincent Massey, Hugh MacLennan, Morley Callaghan, Stephen Leacock, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, and Carol Shields. For a more detailed history of the company see Library Research News 8, no. 1 (1980): v-xii.

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All accruals, except the seventh and ninth, have been acquired from Macmillan. The first accrual was acquired in 1979; the second accrual in 1980; the third accrual in 1988; the fourth accrual in August 1990; the fifth accrual in September 1991; the sixth accrual in April 1993; the eighth accrual in April 1999. The seventh accrual was acquired in August 1993 from Mrs. E.A. Milsom, the granddaughter of Frank Wise. The ninth accrual was acquired in February 2003 from Rogers Publishing.


There have been nine accruals. Four of the accruals are main accruals and designated Parts I through IV. The first accrual consists of Parts I and II. Part I, 1905-1965, is arranged into two series: Executive and Author. The Executive series is arranged into Correspondence by president: Frank Wise, Hugh Eayrs, Robert Huckvale and John Gray; Other Executive Material; and Financial Material. The Author series is arranged into the following: Manuscripts, Author Correspondence, Readers' Reports, Copyright Registrations and Assignments, Contracts, Publicity Files, Production Files, Illustrative Material. Part II, 1902-1980, is arranged into the following series: Executive, Author, Royalties and Production and Promotion. The Executive Series is arranged into Correspondence by president and other executives: Hugh Eayrs, John Gray, Hugh Kane, Gladys E. Neale, Ed Trefiak, George Gilmour and John W. Baker; Other Executive Material; Financial Material. The Author series is arranged into the following: Manuscripts, Typescripts and Proofs, Author correspondence, Rejection Letters, Abandoned Projects, and Contracts. The Royalties Series is arranged as follows: Royalty Worksheets, Sales Reports, Royalty Correspondence, Royalty Reports and Statements.

The second accrual consists of Part III, 1918-1975. It is arranged into the following series: Artwork, Miscellaneous Artwork, Oversize Artwork, Correspondence, Financial, Inventory, Catalogues, Photographs, Books, Magazines and Booklets. At the end of this accrual is an Appendix listing materials which were not kept. The third accrual is a small one and mainly consists of John Diefenbaker's memoir One Canada. The fourth accrual (19-1990) consists of copyright registrations. The fifth accrual (25-1991) consists of a permissions book. The sixth accrual consists of Part IV, 1947-1992. It has been arranged into the following series: Manuscripts, Typescripts, Proofs; Promotion; Executive (Douglas M. Gibson, Linda McKnight) Author Correspondence; Executive (Douglas M. Gibson) Other Material; Executive, Minutes and Related Documents; Contracts, Subsidiary Rights and Permission (Ann Nelles); Artwork. The seventh accrual (11-1993) consists of items concerning Frank Wise. The eighth accrual (14-1999) measures 4.2 m, and has been arranged into the following series: author correspondence; book awards; government and grants; annual book sales. The ninth accrual (09-2003) measures 3.41 m, and has been arranged into the following series: executive records, acquisitions and mergers, property records, financial records, correspondence and legal decisions, contract summaries and royalty statements, manuscript indices and promotion.

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