This collection consists of administrative and business files from Victor Gollancz, Ltd., one of the most important publishing companies in 20th-century Great Britain. Gollancz published the works of many science fiction authors, including, notably, Arthur C. Clarke.
The materials in this collection specifically document Gollancz' relationship with Clarke over a period of nearly 40 years, during which Gollancz published many of Clarke's most important novels - including The Hammer of God, Imperial Earth, and the three sequels to Rendezvous With Rama as well as many of Clarke's nonfiction works. Materials include correspondence (including from Clarke himself), contracts and agreements, administrative documentation, and dust jackets from numerous works of Clarke.
Overall the collection provides a window into the relationship between an author and his publisher, and the ways in which they interact to produce a finished literary product.
Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008