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Series 2: Shakespeare & Company, 1912-1962 44 boxes

The Shakespeare Company series documents Sylvia Beach's business activities relating to her bookshop in Paris. It includes information on bookshop inventory, orders and subscriptions, the lending library, publishing activities, author readings, bookshop exhibits, and the sale of manuscripts. Of special interest is the material relating to Beach's publication of James Joyce, including, in 1922, Joyce's Ulysses , which she distributed as long as it remained a banned book in England and the United States. The series also includes files relating to the publication of Joyce's Pomes Penyeach in 1927 and a volume of studies of Joyce's Work in Progress (later incorporated in Finnegans Wake ) by fourteen contributors, entitled Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress .
Writings and Translations documents Sylvia Beach's works, including her memoir, Shakespeare Company , and a number of articles and speeches. The series also contains information on Beach's translations of works by Henri Michaux and Adrienne Monnier.