Material relating to the Mining Industry, including some rare ephemera relating to miners' health and welfare; 1902-1993

Scope and Content

The collection comprises many varied publications, often individual but there are some short, incomplete series of records (e.g. staff magazines). It contains some rare pamphlets relating to miners' health and welfare, especially regarding pithead baths. Not all the material relates to Nottingham; there are documents relating to to Wales, Scotland and South Africa.

MS672/1: Printed Materials published by Collieries and other Mining Industry Organisations; 1920s-1983. This includes staff magazines, committee minutes, and programmes and pamphlets relating to rehabilitation and pithead baths.

MS672/2: Research, Reports and other Publications relating to the Mining Industry; 1926-1993. A broad range of topics is covered, including industry-related diseases commonly found in miners, the strikes and pit closures, and economics research in mining areas.

MS672/3: Publications unrelated to the Mining Industry; 1929-1993. The publications reflect the fact that the collection was deposited by the Adult Education Department, as many seem to relate to adult education. This might be related to the fact that many miners retrained after the pit closures in the 1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

This is an artificial collection comprised of reports and other printed publications (and some photocopies) assembled for the purposes of research and reference by the Adult Education Department of The University of Nottingham.


No deliberate arrangement was discernable upon accession. The documents have been arranged into three broad series: material published by the mining industry and associated organisations; material printed about the mining industry by outside organisations; and publications unrelated to mining. Within these series, the publications have been sorted by publisher (where appropriate) and then chronologically.

Access Information

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all finding aids belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The publications were transfered to Manuscripts & Special Collections by Dr W Morgan in 1995.

Related Material

The University of Nottingham, Manuscripts and Special Collections: Printed reports and translations of the National Coal Board, 1937-1989. Reference: NCB.

Sheffield Archives: miscellaneous records of Staveley Coal and Iron Co Ltd, 1690-1901. Reference: SIR 1-32

Derbyshire Record Office: minutes, reports, share records, accounts, financial papers, legal papers and personnel records of Stanton Ironworks Co Ltd and Staveley Coal and Iron Co. Ltd, 1841-1962; records of Stanton and Staveley Ltd of Nottingham, 1961-1977; and records of Stanton and Staveley Exports Ltd of London, 1975-1981. Reference: D3808