New accession – Cunard Associated Deposits

Earlier this year, Special Collections and Archives were delighted to receive two boxes of material relating to research undertaken by Henry Eaves, a former Secretary of Cunard.

Henry Eaves - Original photograph held with depositor, used with permission.

Henry Eaves – Original photograph held with depositor, used with permission.

Henry Eaves’ career with Cunard began when he took up the position of clerk in the Secretary’s Office in 1910. During the First World War he served alongside many of his colleagues as a member of the 17th Battalion of The King’s Regiment Liverpool. By 1931 Henry Eaves had become Assistant Secretary for Cunard and was promoted to the position of Secretary in 1950. After official retirement in 1955 Henry Eaves was asked by Cunard to research the history of the Company and was given the use of an office three half days a week.

In Cunard and the North Atlantic 1840-1973: a history of Shipping and Financial Management, Professor Francis E. Hyde pays tribute to the effort made by Henry Eaves in preparing a chronological account of the history of the Company:

Most large companies have their own historians. In the case of Cunard, one must not overlook Henry Eaves, a former Secretary . . . his unpublished history of Cunard, drawn largely from Board Minutes and Chairmens’ Reports, has been of considerable assistance in the provision of source material.”

The collection contains Henry Eaves’ research files and sections of his unpublished history of the Cunard Company. Comprising handwritten and typed notes, largely formed of extracts from Board Minutes, Chairmen’s Reports and letter books, the collection also includes letters, news clippings, Cunard Annual reports, photographs and other related items collected during his working career.

The catalogue for Henry Eaves’ papers (D1148) is now available online and can be found within the Cunard Associated Deposits; a collection of items that have been donated by individuals with personal connections to the shipping company. These records complement the main business papers that form the Cunard Archive: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/library/sca/colldescs/cunard.html

Further sections of Henry Eaves’ research notes on the history of the Cunard Company can be found within the Public Relations series of the Cunard Archive: D42/PR3/28.

 

New Acquisitions: November

The Special Collections and Archives department has welcomed three notable accessions written by women to their collections in November.

Mont Blanc, and other poems by Mary Ann Browne, who is the sister of the more well know Liverpool poet Felicia Hemans, has been catalogued and added to the SCA collections. As SCA had acquired a portion of Hemans’ correspondence and archive previously, this new item makes an excellent accompaniment to this collection.

Mont Blanc, and other poems. SPEC 2016.b.024

Mont Blanc, and other poems. SPEC 2016.b.024

As well as containing the poems of fifteen-year-old Mary, the item has an interesting provenance history including a poem tipped into the beginning of the volume which begins “I know, my love, thou art false to me …”, a manuscript copy of the poem which appears on page 119. The book also bears the inscription of Mary Hiles, which has been cut away from the title-page, and a cut-out and handcoloured floral image pasted to the upper paste-down.

SPEC 2016.b.024 paste-down

Paste-down. SPEC 2016.b.024

"I know, my love, thou art false to me ..." SPEC 2016.b.024

“I know, my love, thou art false to me …” SPEC 2016.b.024

Poems by one of the authors of “Poems for youth, by a family circle” is written by Jane Roscoe (later Hornblower), the daughter of Liverpool luminary William Roscoe, who wrote “Butterfly’s Ball” for his family.

SPEC 2016.a.019(2)

SPEC 2016.a.019(2)

This handsome 1821 volume is bound in blind stamped pink calfskin and is one of only four reported copies in the UK. The Liverpool connection makes this edition a fine complement to the collections here which already boasts many items by or related to the Roscoe family.

Blind stamped pink calfskin. SPEC 2016 a.019

Blind stamped pink calfskin. SPEC 2016 a.019

Fabulous histories by the Suffolk author and educationalist Sarah Trimmer (1741-1810) uses stories from the animal kingdom to further children’s moral education and to teach about cruelty to animals. This 1786 copy is bound in 18th century sheepskin and is one of only 8 reported copies in the world. Many other works authored by the prolific Mrs Trimmer can be found in our children’s book collection, making this volume an excellent addition to the collections.

Fabulous histories. SPEC 2016.a.020

Fabulous histories. SPEC 2016.a.020

As ever, these items are available for consultation in the reading room here at SCA.

Pilots in the Port of Liverpool

We were very pleased to acquire and catalogue four pamphlets on pilots in the Port of Liverpool, a timely acquisition given the Maritime Museum’s current exhibition In Safe Hands: The story of the Liverpool Pilots.

An Act for the better regulation and encouragement of pilots for the conducting of ships and vessels in and out of the port of Liverpool.

An Act for the better regulation and encouragement of pilots for the conducting of ships and vessels in and out of the Port of Liverpool.

 

The exhibition celebrates 250 years of the Liverpool Pilotage Service and these pamphlets, thought to have been printed in Liverpool, detail the Act which sought to improve piloting in the Port of Liverpool. These four 18th century items were unrecorded by the English Short Title Catalogue and so are an exciting and rare acquisition for the Library.

"A petition signed by sixty-five licensed pilots, praying that, for reasons therein assigned, they might be permitted to form a joint stock of their earnings ..."

“A petition, signed by sixty-five licensed pilots, praying that, for reasons therein assigned, they might be permitted to form a joint stock of their earnings …”

The items also detail the local rules developed specifically for the port of Liverpool and the reaction of the pilots to the new legislation. The exhibition will be at the Maritime Museum until 4th June 2017 and these items are available for consultation in the reading room here at SCA.

Not those kind of aliens, although we have plenty of those in the SCA collections!

Not those kind of aliens, although we have plenty of those in the science fiction collections here at SCA!