The Canals Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A collection of manuscripts and printed items relating to the formation of canals in the Staffordshire-Birmingham area, 1759-1809. The papers relate to the development of trade and shipping at Hull, Derby, the Grand Trunk Canals, Birmingham and Worcester Canal, and include correspondence and papers of Josiah Wedgewood and John Sparrow.

Administrative / Biographical History

This collection was acquired with the library of John Corbett of Impney, Droitwich, Worcestershire, Liberal MP for Droitwich, 1874-1875 and Liberal Unionist MP for Mid Worcestershire, 1886-1892.

Reference: Deposit information.

Arrangement

There is no system of arrangement.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Following the death of John Corbett in 1905, the library was presented to the University as a gift.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue to file and level is available in the Special Collections Department and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.