For more than 230 years, seven generations of the publishing firm John Murray kept almost every scrap of paper relevant to their roster of clients, including Jane Austen, Charles Darwin, Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, David Livingstone, Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth. Last year the seventh John Murray offered the firm’s entire collection of papers to the National Library of Scotland at the knockdown price of £33m. None of the money will go directly to the family, but will instead go towards education projects and making the archive available and accessible to the public. However, the last £5m of the asking price still needs to be raised and this week crime writer Ian Rankin will launch a fundraising campaign to keep the archive in the UK. More from The Guardian here.
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