Engineering Business Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Covers a wide range of companies, active in different aspects of mechanical engineering including, shipbuilding, aeronautical and locomotive.

Includes company records for Coalbrookdale, CA Parsons, Vickers, WH Allen, Longridge, National Automobile Safety Belt Association, Hoover, London & Birmingham Railway and Liverpool and Manchester Railway, amongst others.

Also of note: collection of post-war planning documents (Second World War) and photograph albums for Anglo-American PLC, tin dredging mines (previously, Anglo-Oriental (Malaya) Ltd); design work and papers relating to "Miss England III"; original subscription document for Worcester Shrewsbury and Crewe Union Railway Company; and Maudslay, Sons and Field marine chart, 1815-1863.

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection comprises of discreet collections related to engineering companies or engineers working life and includes, official papers, minutes and letters.


Below the collection level, each discreet collection is arranged by creator and entered as a sub-fonds/collection. Within this, collections are arranged as they would be if they stood alone, depending on material.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. We operate a booking system and are open 9.30-5.15 Mon-Fri. Please email us in advance

Other Finding Aids

Archive catalogue, use BUS* in Ref No field to return all records.

Custodial History

Originally catalogued at IMS the collection has been re-catalogued and divided into PER (personal papers) and BUS (business papers). Larger IMS collections will be allocated their own ref no eg George and Robert Stephenson's papers have been removed from IMS, collated and will be re-catalogued as STE. This work is ongoing throughout 2014-2015. Additionally, previously all our collections were divided by type eg museum objects, drawings etc but they will now be collated into relevant collections; George Stephenson's railway token will be collated into STE. Notes on the catalogue will record this process. The aim being to make collections more discoverable.