The Boulton and Watt
The Boulton and Watt Collection is the archive of the steam engine
partnership of Matthew Boulton and James Watt, dating from its
formation in 1774 until the firm's closure in the 1890s.
comprises about 550 volumes of letters, books, order books and account
books, approximately 29,000 engine drawings and upwards of 20,000
letters received from customers.
Boulton and Watt manufactured the screw engines for Brunel's Great
Eastern and the archive includes a portfolio of 13 albumen prints by
Robert Howlett documenting the construction of the Great Eastern,
including a rare variant of the Brunel portrait of 1857.
The Birmingham City Council is pleased to
inform you that the Archives of Soho collection (Matthew Boulton
Papers, Papers of James Watt and Family and Boulton & Watt) are once
again open for research following their re-arrangement under the
Archives of Soho Project.
This archive and the associated James Watt Papers and Matthew Boulton
Papers comprise an unparalleled resource for economic and scientific
historians of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Summaries of the new arrangement and many of the finished lists are
now available in the Research Room and the remaining catalogues,
including completed itineraries for Matthew Boulton, James Watt, James
Watt Jr., Gregory Watt and Matthew Robinson Boulton, and the Guides to
Persons and Firms, will be gradually realeased between October 2003
and the conclusion of the project in March 2004.
Users of the Matthew Boulton Papers should note that work on
re-arranging and cataloguing that collection will continue until March
2004 and certain sections of the collection may not be fully available
Archives of Soho
Boulton and Watt
Soho House Museum