Papers of George Drake

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A memoranda book belonging to George Drake, included in which are references relating to his working life and sketches of various cycle parts. Typescript extracts from the volume and typescript biographical details of George Drake, also a photograph and photocopies of his birth and death certificates.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Drake was born in Sheffield in 1839 and joined the Amalgamated Society of Engineers on August 1st 1859. His work took him around England, France and Germany. He began his career as a fitter, then moved into small-arms tool making and eventually into the safety cycle business until his death in August 1899.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the grandson of George Drake.

Other Finding Aids

A file-level copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for George Drake (GB 152 AAR1597).

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

See other deposits by the National Cycle Archive (MSS.328).