William Jack Collection

Scope and Content

Records of the Chatterley Mining Company and its later incarnation the Chatterley Whitfield Mining Company. The collection includes: managers' monthly report book, 1874-1877; minute books, 1893-1926; committee minutes, materials relating to technical affairs, travelling cranes, winding rope, output of sale of coal in different parts of England; 17 volumes of photos showing mine shafts, pit heads, railways and trains; signal boxes and waggons. The collection also includes typescripts of Jack's own contributions to North Staffordshire railway and mining history.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Jack worked for the Chatterley Whitfield Colliery Ltd, 1928-1957. His family connections with the Chatterley firm go back to 1870. Jack wrote a history of the colliery, History of Chatterley Whitfield Railways. William Jack photographed and also collected photographs of North Staffordshire collieries, railways and mineral workings.

Reference: Finding aid for the William Jack Collection Keele University, Special Collections and Archives William Jack Collection (http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/li/specarc/archives/jack.htm).  Accessed December 2001.


The collection is uncatalogued.

Access Information

There are no restrictions on access to these papers. Viewing is by prior appointment.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited by William Jack in 1996.



Other Finding Aids

The collection is not listed. Photographs from the collection can be viewed on Staffordshire Multimedia Archives at: http://www.archive.sln.org.uk/exhibit/coal/collieries/collieries.htm

An authority record exists for William Jack (GB 152 AAR1995).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Special Collections and Archives, Keele University also holds other collections relating to mining. These include the papers of the Goldendale Iron Company Ltd, pig iron manufacturers, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent (GB 172 GD), the Warrillow Collection (GB 172 WARR) and the Sneyd Papers (GB 172 S).


Works using the material.

Reference: Klemperer, B. and Parkes, A., Berry Hill Fields, History and Archaeology (City of Stoke-on-Trent, 2000).

Reference: Keele University, Staffordshire Learning Net, Coal Mining in North Staffordshire: Staffordshire Multimedia Archive (http://www.archive.sln.org.uk/exhibit/coal/).

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