Edinburgh Napier is delighted to host the Jim Haynes Living Archive. Jim is a cultural icon. He has played a major role in the theatre and literary life in Edinburgh, London and Paris, from the 1960s to the present. 

Jim founded the Paperback Bookshop in 1959, the first in Britain and an early fringe venue, just off Edinburgh’s George Square; co-founded Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre; and established the Drury Lane Arts Lab in London. The archive contains a range of original documents exploring these and his many other interests.

The archive includes a personal history of Haynes and his complete journals, newsletters and correspondence. His interests such as World Citizenship and publishing are represented with, for example, a comprehensive archive from ‘Handshake’ editions, his publishing company. 

In addition the archive documents why Jim became known as the ‘Godfather of social media’. Through his travel in Eastern Europe, original copies of The People to People Travel Guides, and a full record of all his infamous Sunday night dinners in Paris, we can gain an insight into the life of this self-confessed ‘people junkie’!

The project to catalogue the collection started in November 2018 and will run for three years. We have a blog and we welcome contributions from staff and students on related themes in 1960s counterculture. Jim also has his own website.

To find out more about the collection, contact Alison Scott.