Engineers Personal Papers

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of discreet collections related to engineers personal life or work and includes letters, sketch books, engineering notebooks and educational/apprenticeship material, among others. Of note: notebooks of Henry Wright, employee of Boulton & Watt, include detailed drawings of company installed machinery; sketch and notebook of David Joy; material created by William Henry Maw; material relating to railways including, Ralph Peacock's (later Managing Director of Beyer, Peacock & Co) locomotive notebook and a large postcard collection of pre-nationalised railway locomotives; and automotive material including, George Henry Roesch's notebook relating to Peugeot and Sir Frederick Henry Royce's sketch and notebook. Other engineers covered include Sir Frederick Joseph Bramwell, Marc Isambard Brunel, Sir William Fairbairn, Isaac Lowthian Bell and Henry Bessemer.

People etc currently covered:

  • Karl Baumann
  • Sir Frederick Joseph Bramwell
  • Marc Isambard Brunel
  • Alfred Norman Bubb
  • Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid
  • William Andrews
  • Robert Wilson and John Child
  • Frederick William Crohn
  • Christian Leslie Dyce Duckworth
  • Sir William Fairbairn
  • John Alfred Griffiths
  • Timothy Hackworth
  • Henry Selby Hele-Shaw
  • Henry Alfred Ivatt
  • Lowis D'Aguilar Jackson
  • Frederick Alexander Jamieson
  • David Joy
  • George William McArd
  • Heydemann collection
  • Hartley Colliery disaster
  • Robert William Reader
  • William Henry Maw
  • Henry Ernest Metcalf
  • Ralph Peacock
  • George Rennie
  • George Henry Roesch
  • Sir Frederick Henry Royce
  • Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway working notebook
  • Clement Edwin Stretton
  • James Watt
  • Edward Taylor
  • William Wilson
  • Adam Woodward
  • Samuel Barton Worthington
  • Robert Sinclair
  • Henry Wright
  • harles William Whitmore
  • Charles Edward Day
  • Hayle Foundry
  • PN Everett
  • Alphonse Legros
  • 'Cardboard Working Models for Engineering Students'
  • James M'Clennan
  • Basil Slade
  • John Shearman
  • Edward Joseph Crooks
  • Lewis Burn
  • JB Foxwell
  • Charles Hesterman Merz
  • Godfrey Arthur Evans
  • John S Rutter
  • Eric William Smith
  • Oscar Rendell
  • Framroz D Shroff
  • Joseph Lees
  • Anthony Evelyn Hepper
  • Beaumont Pontifex
  • Samuel Morton Peto
  • John Wybergh
  • Isaac Lowthian Bell
  • Arthur James Hart
  • John Ramsbottom
  • John Murdie Russell
  • George Herbert Ivan Cornwell
  • 'The Great Western at Swindon Works'
  • John Edward Elliott 90 - John Edward Elliott
  • Henry Bessemer
  • A Graham
  • Alfred Craven
  • George Allan Fenn Hally
  • Arthur Titley
  • Walter Raleigh Browne
  • Frank George Woollard
  • Raoul de Bourbel
  • Henry Warren Grant Smith
  • Thomas Edlington
  • William Ker Wilson
  • 'Distinguished Men of Science of Great Britain 1807-08'
  • Serge Vincent de Bolotoff, Prince Wiazemsky/Viazemsky
  • Rhys Jenkins
  • Edward Butler
  • Richmond Courtney Stephens
  • Carlos Duncan Haymes
  • David Robertson
  • George Ure Reid
  • James Timms
  • Arthur Henry William Kennard
  • E Montgomrey
  • William Dundas Scott-Moncrieff
  • Sydney March

Administrative / Biographical History

Individual collections of personal engineers papers, historically grouped together, mainly donated by creators or their heirs.


Below the collection level, each discreet collection is arranged by creator and entered as a sub-fonds/collection. Within this, collections are arranged as they would be if they stood alone, depending on material.

Access Information

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Karyn French, Archivist, Mar 2018.

Conditions Governing Use

Self-photography, without a flash, is allowed on completion of a declaration. Other copying must be carried out, at the discretion of the Archivist, by a member of staff.

Custodial History

Originally catalogued at IMS the collection has been re-catalogued and divided into PER (personal papers) and BUS (business papers). Larger IMS collections will be allocated their own ref no eg George and Robert Stephenson's papers have been removed from IMS, collated and will be re-catalogued as STE. This work is ongoing throughout 2014-2015. Additionally, previously all our collections were divided by type eg museum objects, drawings etc but they will now be collated into relevant collections; George Stephenson's railway token will be collated into STE. Notes on the catalogue will record this process. The aim being to make collections more discoverable.


New sub-fonds/collections are added as received.