Collection HESS - H E S Simmons Collection

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H E S Simmons Collection


  • 1930s-1970s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 box of research notes and 7 albums of postcards


Archival history

As Simmons sold many copies of his postcards, many individuals have donated Simmons postcards to the Mills Archive as part of their collections. Where these have been identified they have been removed and brought together in the H E S Simmons Collection to reduce duplication. The majority came from the Stephen Buckland Collection and Frank W Gregory Collection. Further cards may be added.

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Photographs of UK windmills and watermills on postcards.
Research notes on mills, both originals and photocopies produced by the Science Museum.

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This collection may be consulted free of charge at the Mills Archive; please email to arrange an appointment.

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  • English

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H E S Simmons's large collection of mill research was donated to the Science Museum Library in 1974. The photographs from this collection are now held by the English Heritage Archive (Ref. No. SIM01) and the other material remains at the Science Museum.
A three volume collection of Simmons's newspaper cuttings is at the Hove Reference Library.

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Archivist's note

Postcards catalogued by Talbot K Green. Handwritten 'tkg' numbers on reverse of postcards were used by him to relate postcards to scanned images. Notes on reverse of postcards in his handwriting were copied by him from typed notes on duplicate copies of the same postcard, where the better quality card was retained.
Collection level description revised by Nathanael, May 2012.

Postcards originally catalogued by Talbot K Green, mid-2010. Updated by Guy Boocock, August 2013.

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