Records of John and Daniel Smallwood

Scope and Content

Three wage books, 1884-1900; pages 2-192 of the book for 1888-1891 have been used to record orders received during 1884-1885.

Administrative / Biographical History

Administrative/Biographical History

John and Daniel Smallwood were a Birmingham firm established in Leopold Street, 1810. They manufactured metal and wooden rules, squares and levels. The firm remained within the same family, only becoming limited in 1952. It was one of the most prominent manufacturers of rule makers in the 19th century and was one of very few still in existence in the 1960s.

Access Information

Access Conditions

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired from the firm by the Faculty Research Fellow in the Faculty of Commerce and Social Science, University of Birmingham in 1965, who presented them to the Special Collections Department.

Other Finding Aids

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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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.


Further deposits are not expected.