Fonds D15 - Business Records of T. & J. Manson Ltd, printers and publishers, Lerwick

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D15

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Business Records of T. & J. Manson Ltd, printers and publishers, Lerwick

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  • 1885 - 1977 (Creation)

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218 items

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(1884-1977)

Administrative history

T. & J. Manson Ltd, printers and publishers, was founded by Thomas Manson (1859 - 1941) and his brother James Manson (1855 - 1907). Thomas Manson apprenticed as a printer and joined 'The Shetland Times' in its foundation year in 1872. In 1884 he established a printing business and published works by Haldane Burgess (1862 - 1927), Arthur Laurenson (1832 - 1890), Sheriff Rampini (1840 - 1907) and J.B. Laurence (1845 - 1914 ). In 1885 the Shetland Newspaper Company started 'Shetland News' and employed Thomas Manson as works manager and James Manson as reporter. Following his dismissal from 'Shetland News' in 1885, the former editor J.B. Laurence, sued the Shetland Newspaper Company which subsequently went into voluntary liquidation. The Manson brothers duly bought the paper and its associated printing and publishing department as T. & J. Manson Ltd. and continued to publish it for a further 21 years. In addition to 'Shetland News' the company published 'Shetland Almanac and Directory' and numerous books, including 'Shetland Roll of Honour and Roll of Service' and 'Lerwick During the Last Half Century', 1923. Thomas Manson died on 8 May 1941 and his son T.M.Y. Manson (1904-1996) continued as editor and manager of 'Shetland News' until he retired in 1976.

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Printing samples and publications, Scrapbooks with cuttings of 'Shetland News', 1816 - 1912; Financial records, 1868 - 1977.

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  • English

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