The John Murray archive is a treasure trove of over 200 years of the firm's publishing history. It contains stories of travel, adventure, passion and much more. Watch curators introduce two remarkable women in the archive in the Isabella Bird video and Caroline Lamb video.
The archive contains manuscripts, private letters and business papers from authors who shaped the modern world through their writings on:
Among the circle of authors and correspondents (well over 16,000 in all) represented in the archive are writers as diverse as:
Their personal letters and other items give a remarkable insight into many of the lives of these world-famous authors. Visit the Who's who section for a glimpse into these remarkable lives.
There is a wealth of material to help get you started in learning about the ideas, works and inspiration behind some of the world's greatest authors. Go to the interactive timeline to explore more of the John Murray Archive.
With assistance from the Scottish Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other generous donors, the National Library of Scotland has secured the archive to be a lasting public resource for research, learning and inspiration.
The John Murray Archive exhibition closes permanently on Sunday 30 April. See the 'What's on' page for exhibition details and opening hours.
Take a fascinating journey through the archive with our freeapp.
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Plan the story you want to tell before you start writing it.
Go to 'The ideas factory'
Discover what it took to be a Victorian self-help hero through their interactive tales.
Go to the 'Heroes' resource