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THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
Series One: The Boulton and Watt Archive and the Matthew Boulton Papers from Birmingham Central Library

Part 1: Lunar Society Correspondence

REEL 1


James Watt, 1768-1780, Box 1: Items 1-193

REEL 2


James Watt, 1780-1782, Box 2: Items 1-122

James Watt and Co (of Soho, Birmingham) Correspondence and other material, 1780-1804. Includes memo of subscribers to copying machines (1780), synopsis of sales and profit, price lists of copying machines, and Mr Keir’s recipe for the preparation of paper.


From Box W1 (260). Boxes of Incoming Letters: Items 157-173.

REEL 3


James Watt, 1782-1784, Box 3: Items 1-172

REEL 4


James Watt, 1786-1791, Box 4: Items 1-198

REEL 5


James Watt, 1792-1821, Box 5: Items 1-115

James Watt, junior, 1789-1795, Box 1: Items 1-48

REEL 6


Jams Watt, junior, 1796-1810, Box 1: Items 49-133

James Watt, junior, 1811-1821, Box 2: Items 1-114

REEL 7


James Watt, junior, 1822-1827, Box 3: Items 1-181

REEL 8


James Watt, junior, 1828-1848, Box 4: Items 1-145

REEL 9


Erasmus Darwin and family, c.1762-1803, Items 1-57.

Joseph Priestley and family, c.1775-1802, from Box P2 (249). Boxes of incoming letters including correspondence and mounted newcuttings.

List of Dr Joseph Priestley’s Scientific Library, notes and other printed extracts, Priestley material from the Church of the Messiah archive (please see Reel 16).

Josiah Wedgwood and family, c1766-1826, Items 1-106: letters from Wedgwood to Darwin.

REEL 10


William Withering and family, c.1770-1814, from Box W3 (262). Boxes of incoming letters: Items 114-147.

Additional collection of letters from and to members of the family of Dr William Withering of Edgbaston Hall. 2 volumes.

Thomas Day, 1772-1790, Items 1-42.

Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 1774-1792, from Box E1 (230). Boxes of incoming letters: Items 97-103.

William Small and family, c.1768-1809, Items 1-72.

John Whitehurst, 1758-1787, Items 1-36.
(Please note that Reel 10 is in two sections: Reel 10A and Reel 10B. This split became necessary because of the extent of additional Withering material added towards the end of the filming process. Reel 10A ends with item 64 of Volume 2 of the additional material. The rest of Volume 2 is on Reel 10B followed by the Thomas Day, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Williams Small and John Whitehurst material.)

REEL 11


James Keir, 1772-1811, Items 1-91.


Samuel Galton, junior, c.1769-1814, from Box G1 (234). Boxes of incoming letters: Items 20-85.


Galton family Letters - additional material.


Robert Augustus Johnson, 1787-1795 from Box J (240). Boxes of incoming letters: Items 163-167.


Benjamin Franklin, c.1765-1780, from Box F2 (233). Boxes of incoming letters: Items 119-128.


Thomas Beddoes, 1798-1802, from Box B2 (220). Boxes of incoming letters: Items 14-30.

REEL 12


Sir Joseph Banks and family, 1778-1819, Items 1-163.

REEL 13


John Fothergill and family, Items 1-100: Correspondence and Papers, 1762-1772.

REEL 14


John Fothergill and family, Items 101-245: Correspondence and Papers, 1773-1780.

REEL 15


John Fothergill and family, Items 101-245: Correspondence and Papers, 1781-1782, family correspondence and papers.


John Roebuck and family, 1760-1796, Items 1-47.


John Smeaton from Box S2 (254). Boxes of incoming letters: Item 72. Dated 1779.

REEL 16


Priestley material from the Church of the Messiah archive. Manuscripts and printed items relating to Priestley, formerly at the Church of the Messiah, Birmingham, and now on permanent loan to the Reference Library. Includes material relating to the 1791 Riots. Priestley’s official business, other correspondence and printed items, and ‘Recollections of Dr Priestley’ by John Ryland.



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