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Hollingworth Collection 


A small collection of typescript copies of transcribed letters concerning the conception, design and construction of the Great Eastern steamship, originally belonging to the Hollingworth family, including correspondence relating to a dispute between Isambard Kingdom Brunel and John Scott Russell in the years 1855-6.

The collection came into the possession of the Hollingworth family through John Hollingworth's father, resident engineer to Henry Brunel. John Hollingworth approached the Library with the collection in the late 1960s and it was finally donated to the University following his death in the early 1970s.

The whereabouts of the original letters, of which the Hollingworth Collection letters are copies, is not known. Once in the custody of Brunel's granddaughter, Lady Noble, it is thought possible that they no longer survive (see John Scott Russell, G. S. Emmerson, 1977, p303).

A catalogue providing contents detail of the Hollingworth Collection is available in PDF format.

Size: 1 box.