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Sampson Low was a Victorian bookseller and publisher whose clients included many notable figures of the nineteenth century. The Sampson Low Collection of over 200 letters was deposited with The Open University in 1992 and in 2020 a new deposit agreement was created that allowed the OU Digital Archive to digitise the letters and put them online.
Ruth Cammies and Amanda Saladine led the Archive Team and other members of the Library to create the online exhibition, which required a great deal of work including transcribing over 200 letters in Victorian handwriting!
The collection contains:
The letters give an insight, not only into the publishing world of the nineteenth century, but also their authors’ opinions of other clients, charitable organisations, and world events such as the American Civil War and abolitionist movement.