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   Margaret Busby papers, 1978-1989

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Margaret Busby Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information


Papers of British publisher, Margaret Busby, related to her publication of books by and about C.L.R. James.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1516
Bib ID:7459850 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Busby, Margaret.
Title:Margaret Busby papers, 1978-1989
Physical description:2 linear ft. (1 record storage carton, 1 flat box)
Language(s): Finding aid written in English.
Access: This collection is located off-site. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »



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Scope and Content

These papers contain records related to Busby's role as C.L.R. James's publisher. Busby published several books by or about C.L.R. James, and these files include correspondence, photographs, and bibliographies, as well as editorial files related to C.L. R. James: His Life and Work, Cricket, and three volumes of James's selected writings.

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site.

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This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Margaret Busby Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material at Columbia

C.L.R. James Papers

C.L.R. James Institute Records

Anna Grimshaw Papers

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 2011 Alix Ross and Carrie Hintz.

Finding aid written 10/04/2011 Carrie Hintz

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion October 5, 2011 Finding aid written in English.
    2011-10-05 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Busby, Margaret.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
James, C. L. R. (Cyril Lionel Robert), 1901-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing--Great Britain.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Margaret Busby (Nana Akua Ackon I) was born in Ghana and educated in Britain where she earned a degree in English from London University. Shortly after graduating, Busby, along with Clive Allison, co-founded the publishing house Allison & Busby making Busby the first black female publisher in the United Kingdom.

Allison & Busby began as a small publishing house dedicated to producing affordable poetry books, but soon branched out into novels and political writing as well as poetry. Included in their catalog were several books by the Trinidadian scholar, Marxist, social critic, and cricket enthusiast C.L.R. James, including The Black Jacobins, C.L. R. James: His Life and Work edited by Paul Buhle, Cricket, and three volumes of James's selected writings.

Busby remained the Editorial Director of Allison & Busby for 20 years, leaving to take the position of Editorial Director with Earthscan in 1987 when she and Allison sold Allison & Busby to a larger house. Busby stayed until 1990, and since then has focused on her career as a journalist, critic, and broadcaster.

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