Collection NameTate Public Records: Tate Publishing
Reference Number (click the number to browse all records in this collection)TG 5
Alternative Reference NumberGB 70 TG 5
TitleTate Publishing
Access StatusOPEN
LocationRed Zone
DescriptionScope and content: Publications Sub-Committee, 1955-1966; correspondence, 1928-1960; print production, 1897-1970s.
ArrangementThe archive has been listed according to the principles set out in the General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G)) and to guidelines issued by the Public Record Office. The list comprises the file reference, dates, title and brief description. Archives relating to Tate Publishing have been given the class number TG 5. Material in this class has been listed down to file level.
Related MaterialTwo copies of each Tate publication are held in the Library.
Administrative HistoryThe Publications Department was established in 1931 as an independent publishing and trading body. It was accountable to the Board of Trustees who were responsible for its policy and finances and was governed on their behalf by the Publications Sub-Committee. The operation was originally financed out of the AH Benson Trust Fund. Since repaying its founding capital to the Gallery in 1955, the operation has financed itself out of profits generated from its activities. On 1 April 1996 Tate Gallery Publishing was incorporated as a company limited by share, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery with its own Board of Directors. TGPL has the status of an exempt charity, supporting the educational objects of the Gallery, and all profits generated by the company are covenanted to the Gallery. In 2001 TGPL became part of Tate Enterprises.
Tate Publishing encompasses shops, publishing activities, licensing, the picture library; internet sales, joint ventures and product development, all in support of the Gallery's programme of exhibitions and displays, and in its wider fields of interest.
Custodial HistoryThe records have either been deposited in the archives via the Director's Office or had previously been transferred to Gallery Records or its predecessors.
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