Research papers of Dr David M. Smith (b 1936), geographer, comprising photographs ofindustrial sites in the East Midlands, 1959-1962

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Three binders described as 'The industrial landscape of the East Midlands', an annotatedcollection of photographs compiled by D.M. Smith. The photographs, taken between 1959 and 1961, areblack and white. They are accompanied by typescript titles and notes for each photograph and typedintroductions to the various classes of industry illustrated. Photographs show housing, buildingsand other man-made features that were constructed for industrial use in Leicestershire, Derbyshireand Nottinghamshire. Part 1: Manufacturing industry divided into domestic hosiery, silk, cotton,lace, factory hosiery, iron, footwear industries and 20th century industrial buildings. Part 2:Mining and quarrying divided into coal mining and other mining. Part 3: Transport and communicationsrelates to roads, canals and rail. 1962 (MS 627/1);
  • Black and white photographs depicting mills and other industrial buildings, mainly in and aroundMansfield, Nottinghamshire. c.1962 (MS 627/2);
  • Card index entitled 'Cotton Mills in the East Midlands'. It records details about the millsincluding their date of establishment and operation, mode of power and material of construction, c.1962 (MS 627/3).

Administrative / Biographical History

David Marshall Smith was born in 1936. He studied for his PhD. at The University of Nottinghamand his thesis, 'The East Midlands industrial area: a regional study of industrial location' isdated 1961. The photographs and index cards in this collection were created in the context of thisearly research which he followed with The industrial archaeology of the East Midlands:Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and the adjoining parts of Leicestershire (Dawlish: David andCharles, 1965).

Since then, as a university academic, he has written in whole or in part over twenty monographson various aspects of geography, including Moral geographies: ethics in a world of difference (Edinburgh University Press, 2000).


The binders (MS 627/1/1-3) are arranged into three parts entitled 'manufacturing industry','mining and quarrying' and 'transport and communication'. Within these parts, the photographs arefurther sub-divided into more specific industry types such as 'lace industry' and 'cotton industry'.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in March 1992.