Document ReferenceMS 627
TitleResearch papers of Dr David M. Smith (1936-2022), geographer, comprising photographs of industrial sites in the East Midlands, 1959-1962
Extent1 box
AbstractThe collection comprises black and white photographs of industrial buildings in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire taken by Dr D.M. Smith (1936-2022) as part of a research project while a student in geography at The University of Nottingham.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryDavid Marshall Smith was born in 1936. He studied for his PhD. at The University of Nottingham and his thesis, 'The East Midlands industrial area: a regional study of industrial location' is dated 1961. The photographs and index cards in this collection were created in the context of this early research which he followed with The industrial archaeology of the East Midlands: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and the adjoining parts of Leicestershire (Dawlish: David and Charles, 1965).

As a university academic, he wrote in whole or in part over twenty monographs on various aspects of geography, including Moral geographies: ethics in a world of difference (Edinburgh University Press, 2000). Dr Smith died in 2022.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in March 1992.
DescriptionThe collection comprises:

Three binders described as 'The industrial landscape of the East Midlands', an annotated collection of photographs compiled by D.M. Smith. The photographs, taken between 1959 and 1961, are black and white. They are accompanied by typescript titles and notes for each photograph and typed introductions to the various classes of industry illustrated. Photographs show housing, buildings and other man-made features that were constructed for industrial use in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and 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 communications relates to roads, canals and rail. 1962 (MS 627/1);

Black and white photographs depicting mills and other industrial buildings, mainly in and around Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. c.1962 (MS 627/2);

Card index entitled 'Cotton Mills in the East Midlands'. It records details about the mills including their date of establishment and operation, mode of power and material of construction, c. 1962 (MS 627/3).
MgtGroupScientific, research and educational records
ArrangementThe 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 are further sub-divided into more specific industry types such as 'lace industry' and 'cotton industry'.
TermMines and mineral resources - England
Textile industry - England
Industrial buildings - England
Railroads - England
Canals - England
Photography of coal mines
Industrial housing - England
Hosiery industry - England
FindingAidsCopyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham. Online: Detailed catalogue available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 33pp
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Publication NoteSmith, D., & University of Nottingham. Theses. Geography. (1961). The East Midlands Industrial Area : A Regional Study of Industrial Location / David Marshall Smith. East Midlands Collection Em. O4 SMI
Smith, D. (1967). The industrial archaeology of the East Midlands : Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and the adjoining parts of Derbyshire / David M. Smith. (Industrial archaeology of the British Isles). Dawlish. Central Store 2 General Stock Theses 2 vols

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA833University of Nottingham; Department of Geography
NA834Smith; David Marshall (1936-2022); geographer1936-2022
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