Papers of John Boyd Dunlop (1840-1921)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

J. B. Dunlop's certificates as a veterinary surgeon, 1859-1867, and his notebooks containing details on the illnesses of horses and veterinary remedies, c.1860s-1870s. Patents, invoices, correspondence, notes, statements, journal of progress on the discovery and acceptance of the pneumatic tyre, photographs, press cuttings, brochure, and printed matter, including his book published after his death, by his daughter Jean McClintock, entitled The history of the pneumatic tyre, 1888-1965.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Boyd Dunlop, a veterinary surgeon, invented the pneumatic tyre in 1887; as a result the solid tyre was a thing of the past by 1889.

Reference: J. B. Dunlop, The history of the pneumatic tyre (Dublin, c. 1921).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the National Cycle Archive, 22 August 1995.

Other Finding Aids

An authority record exists for John Boyd Dunlop (GB 152 AAR1957).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Material deposited by the National Cycle Archive (MSS.328).

Personal Names