The Collection is small but diverse. Its theme is broadly engineering but its subject matter is rather miscellaneous, and Hollingworth family ownership, through authorship, purchase and inheritance, appears to be the only strong link between some of the otherwise unconnected documents and publications.
Material in the Collection ranges from an early proposal for the UK's first largescale, landscaped cemetery and specifications for the development of the Kidderpore Docks in Calcutta, India to architectural drawings of churches in Derbyshire and copies of correspondence between Isambard Kingdom Brunel and John Scott Russell relating to the SS Great Eastern. Despite the lack of overall coherence, the Collection contains several items of national and international significance.
The Collection has been divided into sections to facilitate ease of access although several sections only comprise a single document.