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).