Papers and blocks of illustrations relating to the early history of cinematography and of the steam engine and locomotive, compiled by E. Kilburn Scott

Scope and Content

Includes correspondence from Merritt Crawford, T. Bedding, R.W. Paul and A. Docker, Will Day, Metz, Le Prince, George Baxter, T.W. Crosland, Matthew Murray, J.F. Stirling, E. Kilburn Scott and others. Also includes newspaper cuttings, drawings, articles, biographical material, books, pamphlets, and photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ernest Kilburn Scott (1868-1941), was born in Leeds and educated at the Yorkshire College, later the University of Leeds. He worked in the family textile machine business, R. Kilburn and Sons, and then for a number of engineering companies. He also lectured on engineering, including an appointment, in 1904, in charge of the electrical engineering department at the University of Sydney. He was the author of a number of articles on scientific subjects and published monographs on the engineer, Matthew Murray, and Augustin Le Prince, the pioneer of cinematography. Though incidental to his scientific career, he is now more widely known for having introduced the breed of Samoyed dog to Britain, following a visit to Northern Russia in 1889.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted


In English

Other Finding Aids

A detailed inventory is kept inside Box 1


The blocks of illustrations relate to the book Matthew Murray, pioneer engineer; records from 1765 to 1826, edited by E. Kilburn Scott (Leeds, 1928)