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Boulton, Watt & Co (afterwards James Watt & Co), engineers and ironfounders

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Date: 1700-1900
Places:
  • Smethwick, Staffordshire
Functions, occupations and activities: Engineering: Mechanical > Engines, prime movers | Engineering: Mechanical > Shipbuilding and marine engineering | Metal processing and manufacturing > Iron founding and casting
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/C124724 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/B6069 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
1762-1895: letter books, ledgers, cash books, journals, order, pattern, casting, engine, fitting and wages books, inventories etc
Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service
NRA 14609 Boulton & Watt

See HMC Records of British business and industry 1760-1914 metal processing and engineering, 1994
2
1780-1803: drawings, blueprints and tracings, formerly at Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry
Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service
NRA 9185 Birmingham Museum

See Letter from BMSI 12.2.86
3
1783-1849: papers of Matthew Boulton and Matthew Robinson Boulton concerning the firm and associated businesses
Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service
NRA 9497 Boulton
4
18th cent-19th cent: Watt family papers, business corresp, legal papers etc
Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service
NRA 22549 Watt
5
19th cent: notebooks of Samuel Vale and JS Vale rel to their employment with Boulton and Watt
Birmingham: Archives, Heritage and Photography Service
See Annual Return 1997
6
1779-1882: corresp and drawings
Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
NRA 9198 Watt
7
1795-1826: engine drawings, drawings of steam yacht Caledonia
Institution of Mechanical Engineers Archive
NRA 43545
8
1800-1803: corresp of Thomas Wilson, agent
Cornwall Record Office
9
1780-1803: corresp mainly with Cornish agent, Thomas Wilson
Cornwall Record Office
NRA 34747 Boulton
10
1787-1798: misc accounts and contracts (9 items)
Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections
See Index of MSS, vol 2, 1964
11
1800-1895: engineering drawings
Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
See Annual Return 2018

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