Our History

Adam Matthew has published unique primary source collections from archives around the world since 1990.
Our passion is to collaborate with leading libraries and academics to produce powerful research and dynamic teaching collections for universities, colleges and libraries.

Our award winning collections span the social sciences and humanities and cover over five centuries of primary collections from around the world. We have a large portfolio of collections with products ranging from Medieval Travel Writing and Global Commodities to China, America and the Pacific.

Adam Matthew Publications
(www.ampltd.co.uk) was founded on 5 November 1990 by Bill Pidduck and David Tyler (the company was named after their sons, Adam Whittington and Matthew Pidduck).The company offices (after moving from David’s home in Reading) were set up in Marlborough, Wiltshire in September 1991. We moved into our present offices in September 2001. 

Adam Matthew Publications grew into a successful microfilm publishing business with a back list of over 600 titles.The company’s first ‘digital’ collection – Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963 – was published on CD-ROM in 1998 (and was later transferred to an online platform) shortly followed by Empire Online and Defining Gender, 1450-1910 – in 2003.

In 2007 the directors – now including Khal Rudin - founded Adam Matthew Digital (www.amdigital.co.uk) to focus solely on the development and production of digital collections.

Since 2007 Adam Matthew has continued to grow year on year: both in the number of collections available, as well as numbers of staff.

In 2010 the company opened its offices in downtown Chicago and in 2012 the company was acquired by the SAGE Group (Adam Matthew remains an independent subsidiary of SAGE).

By 2015 the company has almost 70 digital titles available to purchase.

Our Mission Statement
“We seek to inspire students, enhance learning environments, and aid scholarly research by making important primary sources available to a global audience. Central to our approach is engaging with the academic community and working closely with leading archives to carefully select, digitise and publish their unique collections. At all times we recognise the importance of this work and the responsibility this entails.”


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