Jim Haynes living archive

Edinburgh Napier is delighted to host the Jim Haynes Living Archive. Jim is a cultural icon, playing a major role in the cultural scene of Edinburgh and London in the 1960s, and continuing to produce work to this day.

The archive contains a significant range of original documents and artefacts which explore Jim’s impact in the development of the cultural scene in Edinburgh and London in the 1960s, including founding the original Paperback Bookshop, co-founding the Traverse Theatre and establishing the Drury Lane Arts Lab.

The archive also includes a personal history of Haynes, his complete journals and correspondence with well-known cultural figures, and a comprehensive archive of ‘Handshake’ editions (Jim’s publishing company) as well as his other cultural productions.

In addition the archive documents why Jim became known as the ‘Godfather of social media’, holding records of his extensive correspondence and travel in Eastern Europe, original copies of The People to People Travel Guides, as well as a full record of all his infamous Sunday night dinners in Paris. 

At this time, Edinburgh Napier University is commencing the lengthy process of archiving and digitising this extensive collection.

To find out more about the collection, contact Pauline Miller Judd.