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LevelFile
Doc RefBP/1/1/1/1
Tree Ref (Click this to browse the collection catalogue)BP/1/1/1/1
Alt Ref NoBP/BK 1-2
Box Ref No.1969 (box 1)
Extent1 file
TitlePapers of Booker plc
Date6 May 1968-31 Oct 1969, nd
DescriptionIncludes:
Correspondence to Charles Tyrell regarding the financial backing of Booker in establishing the Booker Prize, 6-8 May 1968 (fols 1-3).
Correspondence to Tom Maschler regarding Booker’s plans, position and financial commitments in sponsoring the prize, 15 May-11 Jul 1968 (fols 4-5, 8-9, 29)
Report proposing Booker’s financial commitment and outlining their views on establishing the prize, 11 Jul 1968 (fols 30-34).
Correspondence between Peter du Sautoy and Booker regarding their arrangements and requirements for the 1969 prize, 1 Nov 1968 and 30 Jan 1969 (fols 135-136, 148).

Papers relating to existing literary prizes , how they are organised and how the Booker Prize would be different, 23 Jun 1968 - 20th Jan 1969 (fols 10, 11-16 37-40, 144-146).

Letter to Charles Tyrell regarding a meeting to discuss plans for establishing the Booker Prize, 16 May 1968 (fols 6-7).
Two copies of rough notes from provisional discussions about the next steps to be taken with establishing the Booker Prize, 28 Jun 1968 (fols 18-22).
Papers relating to the proposals for the Booker Prize as a result of various meetings, 10-11 Jul 1968 (fols 25-28, 35)
Papers relating to the progress being made to set up and establish the Booker Prize, 12-31 Jul 1968 (fols 41, 60-61).
Papers relating to the potential names for the literary prize, 26 Aug 1968 (fols 66-68).

Letter discussing potential judges for the Booker Prize, 23 Jul 1968 (fols 48-49)
Papers relating to the death of a judge's partner 2 Oct-3 Nov 1968 (fols 98, 137).
Biographical information on the judges to go with the press release announcing the Booker Prize, nd (fols 119-122).
Letter to John Murphy regarding judges fees 12 Dec 1968 (fol 141)
Correspondence to the judges regarding arrangements for the payment of their judges fee, 28 Jan-17 Feb 1969 (fols 147, 159, 165, 166).
Letter of thanks to one of the judges , 12 Feb 1969 (fol 158).

Letter to Jill Mortimer regarding arrangements for commissioning publicity and promotional materials for the Booker Prize, 5 Feb 1969 (fol 156).
Correspondence regarding quotations and progress with the publicity and promotional materials, 26-28 Feb 1969 (fols 172, 176).
Sheet of the copy for the shortlist window flash promotional materials, nd (fol 177).

Papers relating to the draft and official rules and entry form for the Booker Prize, 25 Jul 1968-28 Feb 1969 (fols 51-56, 58, 162-164, 167, 171, 173-174)
Letter to Publishers Association regarding entry details for the Booker Prize, 9 Oct 1968 (fol 128).
Correspondence regarding enquiries for further details about the Booker Prize , 23 Sep-17 Dec 1968 (fols 78, 127-128, 133-134, 138, 142-143).
Agenda for the meeting of the Booker Prize subcommittee, 30 Jan 1969 (fol 149).

Correspondence to the Cafe Royal regarding arrangements for the lunch and press conference to launch the Booker Prize, 31 Jul-6 Sep 1968 (fols 59, 62, 64-65, 71).
Invitations (fols 63,80-83, 105,) replies to invitations (fols 75, 84-87, 94-95), guest list (fols 99, 100-103, 106-107, 113), table plans (fols 108, 109-110), menus (fols 104, 111-112), draft and official speeches for the press conference launching the Booker Prize, (fols 88-93, 114) and post press conference thank you letter (fol 115), 23 Aug-3 Oct 1968 .
Papers regarding notes for inclusion in the press release launching the Booker Prize, 5 Sep and nd (fols 69-70, 116-118).
Letter regarding the press conference and other publishers interest in the Booker Prize, 9 Sep 1968 (fol 76).
Publishers Association press release launching the Booker Prize with biographical notes on the judges, 4 Oct 1968 (fols 123-126).

Papers relating to the invitations to the award ceremony 1 Feb-13 Mar 1969 (fols 150-151, 156, 168-170, 185-186)
Letter from Buckingham Palace declining the invitation to the award ceremony due to a clash of commitments, 3 Feb 1969 (fol 152).
Letter to Buckingham Palace offering an alternative date for the award ceremony, 4 Feb 1969 (fol 153).
Correspondence regarding the order for the Booker Prize trophies with Gallery Five, 28 Feb- 6 Mar 1969 (fols 178-180).
Letter to the photographer regarding photography requirements for the award ceremony, 28 Feb 1969 (fol 175).
Letter to Jill Mortimer regarding arrangements for the speeches at the award ceremony, 13 Mar 1969 (fols 188-189).
Letter from the caterers regarding the catering arrangements for the award ceremony with a sample menu, 13 Mar 1969 (fols 182-184).
ArrangementArranged chronologically
AppraisalDuplicates and confidential material removed
Access ConditionsPermission from the donor required to view confidential material (material relating to professional legal and tax advice)
Access statusPartial closure
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