Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Margaret Busby papers, 1978-1989

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 feet (1 record storage carton 1 flat box)
Language(s) English .

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This collection is arranged in 1 series.



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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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


No MaterialExpected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Alix Ross and Carrie Hintz 2011.

Finding aid written Carrie Hintz 10/04/2011.

Revision Description

2011-10-05 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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

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.