Arthur C Smith Collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3132 ACSC
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      9 boxes, 11 albums and 2 folders

Scope and Content

Black and white photographs and 35mm slides depicting windmills in 17 UK counties. Field notes, windmill descriptions, magazine articles and cuttings, original text and photos for the County Windmills series, correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur C Smith travelled throughout the country by bicycle the 1970s and 1980s, locating and recording windmill sites. The results of these investigations were published between 1974 and 1989 in the County Windmills series. For more information on Arthur C Smith, see the Profiles section of our website.


The collection was meticulously arranged, labelled and listed by Arthur C Smith himself. This arrangement has been preserved.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to all readers by appointment at The Mills Archive, Reading. We are open Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm.

Archivist's Note

Collection level description revised by Luke Bonwick and Nathanael Hodge, 2012.

Conditions Governing Use

Printed and high resolution copies of photographs can be made available, subject to a charge. Please see our website for details.

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Appraisal Information

A complete set of the County Windmills series of books was included in the collection. These have been placed in the Mills Archive library.

Custodial History

Donated to The Mills Archive by Arthur C Smith in July 2002.

Personal Names