London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1973 - 2011

Reference Code:


Scope and Content:
  • 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.
Extent: 9.7 linear metres
Classification: BUSINESSES
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative 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)
Creator: Hansib Publications Ltd | specialists in books covering African, Afro-Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean and Asian issues
Copyright: Depositor
Source of Acquisition:
  • These records were gifted to the City of London in 2007 and 2011; copyright was retained by the donor:
  • B07/079
  • B11/037
Access Restrictions: These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions
Arrangement: LMA/4522/01: African Times;
LMA/4522/02: Asian Times;
LMA/4522/03: Caribbean Times;
LMA/4522/04: Published Books.
Related Material: The main archives have been retained by the business.
Duplicate newspapers series are held by Black Cultural Archives.
See also LMA/4462: Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications Limited (Black and Caribbean Publishers and Booksellers).