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Collection Number: 11013

Collection Title: Charles Kerby-Miller Papers, 1630-1735

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract The collection is 23 looseleaf notebooks and six boxes of notecards resulting from the research of Charles Kerby-Miller (d. 1971), professor at Wellesley College, on publishing in Great Britain. Included is information on publishing and printing of newspapers and other periodicals and freedom of the press in Great Britain, 1630-1735.
Creator Kerby-Miller, Charles.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Charles Kerby-Miller Papers #11013, Rare Book Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charles Kerby-Miller in November 1969 and December 1971.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, May 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Nancy Kaiser, October 2020

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Charles Kerby-Miller organized his research notes according to the following chart. An expanded version of the chart may be found in folder 48a. Note that there are some gaps in the numbering scheme.

I. Bibliography

II. The Public

III. Periodicals

IV. Pamphlets

V. Special Types

VI. Publishing

VII. Author-Editors

VIII. Stationers Company

IX. Printing

X. Contents and Markup

XI. Type

XII. Paper

XIII. Distribution

XIV. Finance

XV. Social and Commercial Environment

XVI. Government and the Press

XVII. Foreign Press

XVIII. Outside London

XIX. News

XX. Main File of Individuals

XXI. Major Stories

XXII. Major File of Periodicals

XXIII. Location of Copies

XXIV. Women

XXV. List

XXVI. Color

XXVII. Problems (unidentified cards)

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Notebooks, 1630-1735 and undated.

17 items.
Folder 1

Volume 1: Undated, 150 pp. Abbreviations; terms; symbols; short title list of periodicals; miscellaneous material about authors, publishers, apprentices; perpetual calendar; Elizabeth Carmichael material; case of Robert Walker and Mary Baker; passages from trials of Curll, Wilkins, Francklin, Mists, etc.

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

Volume 2, Parts 1-2: Undated, 430 pp. List of printers and publishers (about 495 names) in two volumes (continued on notecards).

Folder 4-9

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 3, Parts 1-6: 1695-1730, 630 pp. Six volumes with notes on periodicals (continued on notecards).

Folder 10

Volume 4: 1680-1747, 200 pp. Prosecution book covering in chronological order the government's efforts to control the press compiled primarily from the Publics Records Office. The volume is indexed is by proper names and periodicals. Included are 1,300 entries relating to investigations, examinations, court actions and sentences. Also included is some Elizabeth Carmichael material.

Folder 11

Volume 5: Undated, 50 pp. General index of the list section (XXV) of the Organization Chart, almanacs, Nichols Illus. index of people, Bowyer contributions, the Negus list, tax list, etc.

Folder 12

Volume 6: Undated, 100 pp. Stationer's Hall Book ("Helen's book") with the report of Elizabeth Carmichael; material from City Records Office; survey of vault room where records were kept; notes on shifts and changes in livery, 1682-1710, and livery polls for 1701, 1710, 1722, and 1733; and a list of books and pamphlets in the Stationer's Register before and after the Copyright Law.

Folder 13

Volume 7: 1710-1746, 80 pp. Printed index to Stationer's Register.

Folder 14

Volume 8: Undated, Catalog of Kerby-Miller's microfilm holdings listed by source, chronology, and alphabet.

Folder 15

Volume 9: Undated, 40 pp. Index of Kerby-Miller's microfilm reels of state papers and Walpole papers.

Folder 16

Volume 10: Undated, 200 pp. Microfilm order book with location of copies.

Folder 17

Volume 11: 1939, 120 pp. Photocopy of W. T. Morgan's Bibliography of British History, 1700-1715, Vol. III. (pp. 224-335 and 112-121).

Folder 18

Volume 12: Undated, 75 pp. List of provincial printers and publishers arranged alphabetically by location.

Folder 19

Volume 13: Undated, 200 pp. List of provincial periodicals arranged alphabetically by location.

Folder 20

Volume 14: January 1725, 25 pp. Charts and analyses of book advertisements in London periodicals, January 1725.

Folder 21

Volume 15: 1710-1720, 150 pp. Book advertisements from periodicals showing the kind and numbers of books and pamphlets advertised.

Folder 22

Volume 16: 1725, 125 pp. Book advertisements.

Folder 23

Volume 17: 1695-1700, 125 pp. Bibliography and analysis of the publications of printers and publishers.

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About 400 items.

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About 100 items.

Twenty-two folders arranged by Kerby-Miller according to his organization chart. Included are notes, lists, and memoranda relating to people, situations, and periodicals. Much of the information is repeated in the notecards.

Folder 24


Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26


Folder 27


Folder 28-29

Folder 28

Folder 29


Folder 30


Folder 31

Type Blocks

Folder 32-33

Folder 32

Folder 33

Halfpenny Newspapers

Folder 34

Negus List

Folder 35

Status of profession

Folder 36


Folder 37-40

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40


Folder 41

Government and Press

Folder 42


Folder 43

Taxes on Periodicals

Folder 44


Folder 45

News Analysis--Domestic

Folder 46

News Analysis--Foreign

Folder 47


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About 300 items.

Drafts, notes, and working papers for twenty-four periodicals. Arrangement is based on the organization chart and remain in twenty-four bundles by title.

Folder 48a-50

Portfolio 2

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6 boxes.

Six cardfile boxes of notecards relating to the research of Kerby-Miller. Arrangement is based on his organization chart.

Box 7

I (Bibliography) to XII (Paper)

Box 8

XIII (Distribution) to XXIV (Women)

Box 9


Box 10

XX (Individuals A-C)

Box 11

XX (Individuals D-M)

Box 12

XX (Individuals N-Z)

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