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TitlePapers of Booker plc
Date25 June 1970-29 Aug 1972, nd
DescriptionIncludes:
Minutes of a Management Committee meeting held on 6 Jul 1970 (fols 2-4).
Agenda and minutes of a Management Committee meeting held on 10 Sep 1970 (fols 10, 19-20, 22-24).
Minutes of a Management Committee meeting held on 1 Dec 1970 (fols 51-52 and 55-56).
Minutes of a Management Committee meeting held on 11 Mar 1971 (fol 92).
Agenda and minutes of a Management Committee meeting held on 10 Aug 1971 (fols 119-122).
Correspondence between Marilyn Edwards and John Murphy regarding Management Committee meeting minutes, 14-15 Sep 1970 (fols 21 and 25).
Letter from Martyn Goff to John Murphy expressing his thoughts and opinions on the Management Committee meeting held on 10 Aug 1971, 13 Aug 1971 (fol 123).

Papers regarding suggestions for and the selection of the judging panel for the 1971 Prize 7 May-30 Nov 1970 and nd (fols 11, 12-15, 16-17, 49, 252).
Correspondence regarding the judging process and judging matters, 23 Dec 1970- 1 Sep 1971 (fols 69, 126, 218).
Press cutting regarding how the judges came to their decision for the 1971 prize, 1 Oct 1971 (fol 238).
Draft and official press releases announcing the details and judging panel for the 1971 Prize, 30 Dec 1970- 7 Jan 1971 and nd (fols 70-71 and 75-77).
Sheet of biographical information on the 1971 judging panel for use in the press release announcing the judging panel, nd (fol 81).
Correspondence regarding the arrangements for paying the judges’ fee 8 Jul-8 Oct 1971 (fols 106,128, 160).
Correspondence regarding the whereabouts of one of the judges's fee cheque, 7 Jun-29 Aug 1972 (fols 202 and 203-211).
Photocopies and transcript of the letter from Malcom Muggeridge offering and explaining his resignation from the 1971 judging panel 19 Jul 1971 and nd (fols 110-113 and 217).
Papers regarding the resignation of Malcom Muggeridge from the 1971 judging panel, 27-29 Jul 1971 (fols 114-117).
Correspondence between a judge and John Murphy regarding their services on the 1971 judging panel and their suggestion for offering losing shortlisted authors a cash prize, 30 Nov - 13 Dec 1971 (fols 190 and 195-197).
Letter to John Fowles thanking him for his services on the 1971 judging panel 17 Dec 1971 (fol 250).


Letter regarding changes to the Booker Prize for 1971, 18 Sep 1970 (fol 26).
Draft and final copies of the new policy for the 1971 Booker Prize, nd (fols 30-31, 37, 53, 57).
Correspondence regarding expenses in administering the Booker Prize, 30 Mar and 14 Oct 1971 (fols 96 and 165).
Letter from John Murphy regarding an enquiry into the tax status of literary prizes, 7 Dec 1971 (fol 194).
Papers regarding general administration matters for the Booker Prize, 25 Aug - 30 Sep 1971 and nd (fols 124, 142, 253-255).


Correspondence regarding the rules and entry details for the 1971 prize, 18 Sep 1970-23 Sep 1971 (fols 28,60-62, 65-68, 130-131, 132).
Draft and final copies of the details rules and entry form for the 1971 prize, 1 Oct 1970- 6 Jan 1971 and nd (fols 27, 32-34,35-36, 38-40, 41-46, 58-59, 72-73, 78-79, 80, 215, 251).
Correspondence regarding Victor Gollancz publishers suggestion for a bending of the rules to make their publications eligible for the prize, 30 Apr-11 May 1971 (fols 99 and 102).
List of publishers who have previously submitted entries but are not submitting in 1971 4 Jun 1971 (fol 105).

Letter from Marilyn Edwards to John Murphy regarding numerous matters to do with the 1971 Prize, 8 Dec 1970 (fol 50).
Papers regarding the possible establishment of a Booker Prize for authors of Children’s fiction, 1 Feb- 29 Dec 1971 (fols 82-83, 97-98, 104, 200-201).
Papers regarding the details judging panel and background information for the 1971 Whitbread Prize, 3 Mar 1971 and nd (fols 88-90 and 91).
Papers regarding the announcement of the 1971 shortlist, 15-24 Oct 1971 and nd (fols 163-164 and 248-249).
List of books entered for the 1971 prize, nd (fols 213-214).
Judge John Fowles’ preliminary opinions on the 1971 shortlist, nd (fol 216).

Papers regarding the budget, costs and expenses for the 1971 award ceremony, 14 Oct-13 Dec 1971 (fols 162, 166-167, 198).
Papers regarding invitations to the award ceremony, 28 Oct 1971 and nd (fols 169-170 and 171).
Papers regarding the guest speaker for the award ceremony, 16 Nov 1971 and nd (fols 178 and 179).
Papers regarding the arrangements and organisation of the award ceremony, 6 Oct- 6 Dec 1971 (fols 180, 192-193, 244, 245).
Notes for the speeches made at the award ceremony, nd (fols 181-185 and 186-189).
Letters of thanks for the hospitality at the award ceremony, 1-14 Dec 1971 (fols 191 and 199).

Correspondence regarding the eligibility of V.S Naipaul’s In a Free State, 27 Sep-6 Oct 1971 (fols 133, 136-140, 143-144, 145-146, 147, 148-151,212, 219-220, 221, 222-226, 227-229, 230-233, 234, 235-237, 239-242, 243, 246).
Statement from John Gross regarding the eligibility of In a Free State, nd (fol 134).
Papers regarding the voting between the judges over the eligibility of In a Free State , 5-6 Oct 1971 (fols 152-154, 155-156, 157, 158-159).








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