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Samuel Oldknow business records : 1787-1811

  • .4 linear ft. (1 document box).
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    Ms. Hut 9 c. 1
Local Subjects
  • Accounts.
  • Contracts.
  • Ledgers.
  • Payrolls.
  • Receipts.
  • Collection consists of company and estate records (1787-1811) of English manufacturer, Samuel Oldknow. Included are correspondence, pay-tickets, receipts, ledgers, account and memorandum books, shop-notes, and documents. The items were deacidified and encapsulated, March 1990.
  • Oldknow's methods for paying employees are represented by examples of pay-notes and shop-notes (1790-1794). Documents include an apprentice contract and material related to service in the Napoleonic Wars: separation allowance and exemption from a duty on hair powder. A memorandum book (1797-1798) describes Oldknow's estate plans: fences, tunnels, ploughing and sowing. Final items include Manchester tax bills and timber receipts.
Other information
  • Related material can be found in the Edwin Robert Anderson Seligman Manuscripts, Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Columbia University. Also, the Manchester Reference Library, and the John Rylands Library, Manchester, England.
  • Cite as: Samuel Oldknow Business Records Ms. Hut 9 Special Collections, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University.
  • Finding aids note: Unpublished register available in the repository.
  • Ownership history: Provenance: The Samuel Oldknow business records were acquired for the Abram G. Hutzler Collection of Economic Classics, Special Collections in the 1930s.
  • Restrictions: Permission to publish material from this collection must be requested in writing from the Manuscripts Librarian, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD 21218.
  • Historical information: Biographical Note: Samuel Oldknow was an English industrialist, the first successful maker of British muslin. He was born in Anderton, Lancashire in 1756. After serving an apprenticeship, he set up as manufacturer of cotton goods and fustians in Anderton. In 1781, as the cotton industry became mechanized, Oldknow began producing muslin products. In 1784, he erected a factory at Stockport and became recognized as the foremost muslin manufacturer in Great Britain. In 1790, Oldknow built a mill at Mellor and acquired land for his personal estate. His enterprises resulted in the growth of the community in Derbyshire. He became a scientific and experimental agriculturist and planned for roads, bridges, and canals. Samuel Oldknow died at his Mellor estate in 1811.
  • Organization and arrangement of materials: 2 series+ 1.Company Records arranged chronologically, 1787-1808 2.Estate Records arranged chronologically, 1793-1811.
Identifying numbers
  • OCLC: 122591316
  • OCLC: 122591316