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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4522
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1973 - 2011
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 9.7 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Hansib Publications Ltd | specialists in books covering African, Afro-Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean and Asian issues


Administrative/Biographical history:

Hansib Publications Limited was founded in 1970 by Arif Ali (born 1935 in Guyana) as publishers specialising in books covering African, Afro-Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean, Asian and other ethnic minority issues and subjects. In addition to books Hansib Publications also produces magazines, journals and newspapers, including Root, a current affairs journal.

In 1957 Arif Ali emmigrated to London from Guyana (British Guyana). He opened a grocery in 137 Tottenham Lane and began publishing informally, reproducing articles from various Caribbean newspapers in The Westindian. In 1971 the first issue of the Westindian Digest was published. In 1973 Westindian World was acquired. Later Hansib ran the Caribbean Times, the Asian Times and the African Times. Premises for a time in Matthias Road, Stoke Newington, Hackney. In 1981 the firm was based at Tower House, 139/149 Fonthill Road, Islington. Later registered office at 233 Regents Park Road, Finchley, Barnet (as of 2011) with distribution and enquiries office at Hertford, Hertfordshire.

For further information see Caribbean Publishing in Britain. A Tribute to Arif Ali by Asher and Martin Hoyles, 2011 (LMA/4522/04/085).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Hansib Publications Limited, including issues of the African Times, Asian Times and Caribbean Times; and publications on a variety of topics relating to Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean including poetry, literary studies, history, politics, diaspora, music, sport, law, society, colonialism, racism, slavery and travel. Also some promotional and publicity material.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LMA/4522/01: African Times;
LMA/4522/02: Asian Times;
LMA/4522/03: Caribbean Times;
LMA/4522/04: Published Books.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented to the Archive in July 2007, with additional material deposited in February 2011.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also LMA/4462: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications Limited (Black and Caribbean Publishers and Booksellers). Duplicate newspapers series are held by the Black Cultural Archives.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2009 to February 2010

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