Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Pluto Press Publisher Files
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
1982-2017 (mostly 1997-2010)
4.4 linear feet and 5 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001998 to B-002002


Consists of Pluto Press publisher files produced by scholars writing about the conflicts of the Middle East, containing 164 publisher's files for 113 books. Pluto Press is a British independent book publisher founded in 1969 and is known for being a radical political publishing house that focuses on contemporary issues. Collection includes correspondence between authors and publishers, publishing contracts, financial projects, press releases, author questionnaires, chapter drafts, and cover designs. The collection spans the years 1982-2017, with the bulk of materials from 1997 to 2010.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Description

Consists of Pluto Press publisher files for 113 books written by scholars interested in geography, politics, and religion in the Middle East. The bulk of collection comprises of correspondence, publishing contracts, title proposals, chapter drafts, cover designs, press releases, and financial projects. They offer insights into the worlds of authorship and of publishing while exhibiting how scholars studied International Relations and conflict in the Middle East. Some authors included in the collection include Israel Shahak, John K. Cooley, and Michael Griffin. Roger van Zwanenberg, the managing director and owner of Pluto Press, and Anne Beech, the editorial and subsquently managing director, are the primary correspondents with the authors.


Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received, in alphabetical order by author's last name.

Collection Creator Biography:

Pluto Press

Pluto Press, a British independent book publisher founded in 1969, is known for being a radical political publishing house that focuses on contemporary issues.

Collection History


Purchased from Kenny's Bookshop & Art Galleries Ltd. in 2022 (AM 2022-136).

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kate Mitchell in June 2022. Dealer labeled author files with box and folder numbers. During processing, boxes were condensed and some author files were divided into multiple folders, so box and folder numbers noted by dealer may not align with actual arrangement.

Finding aid written by Kate Mitchell in June 2022, incorporating description written by dealer and retaining dealer supplied folder titles.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Pluto Press Publisher Files; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001998 to B-002002