16 of the fifty boxes destined for the archives of the University of Minnesota, total weight almost half a ton, to join the rest of the Whittington archive that has already been there for nearly 30 years. The University had our only complete collection of every book in every edition in 1985, a collection which it would now be virtually impossible to repeat. It will now have all the correspondence files going back to A Boy at the Hogarth Press in 1972, including for the first 32 issues of Matrix, the working material (proofs, paste-ups, layouts) for each publication, and much else besides.
The Press also has major continuing collections at UCLA, the Lilly Library, and the University of Iowa. Our very first standing order came from New York Public Library in 1974. NYPL therefore, thanks to the foresight of Mrs Cole the then librarian, had a complete set of the regular editions of our books at the pre-publication prices – post free. Sadly it was the only major American institution to cancel its standing order (without explanation) in the crisis of 2008. Since that time we have published some of our most challenging and exciting books and issues of Matrix’ ….