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John Shelley fonds. -- 1865-1937; predominant 1900-1918. -- 12 cm of textual records and graphic material.
Note: Stored in flat box measuring 42.5 cm.

Series 1 Correspondence
Correspondence series. -- 1900-1919. -- 3.5 cm of textual records. -- Title based on content of series.
Box 1
F.1 Norton, C.E. to The Kings Norton Metal Co. Ltd. re John Shelley, 23 July 1900; 1 holograph letter.
F.2 Album of holograph letters, notes, post cards and envelopes, containing letters written to the Works manager during the First World War, mainly from women employed at or seeking employment at the factory, [ca. 1916]-1919; 30 pp. with tipped in material (rest of album is blank).

Series 2 Photographs and Textual Records
Photographs and textual records series. -- 1880-1928. -- 6 cm of 52 photographs : b&w and textual records. -- Title based on content of series.
F.3 Album ( 3 ringed binder), 1880-1928: Contains 52 b&w photographs (some are duplicates). The subjects vary, ranging from family portraits, group portraits of Kings Norton Metal Co. Ltd. management, female labourers, factories, the Ladies’ Fire Brigade at practice and informal activities such as fairs and picnics. Also inserted within the album is a holograph note “First shed erected at A.W. [Abbey Wood] Aug 1901”, John Shelley’s Woolwich school report dated December 1880, engraved thank-you card for sympathy extended by the staff and employees at Abbey Wood from Mrs. T.A. Bayliss and her daughters of St. Johns, Warwick [undated], efficiency certificate awarded to Shelley from King’s Norton Rifle Club dated 17 August 1907, Burial Board for the Parish of Woolwich certificate naming Shelley as having been granted exclusive right of burial dated 1 [?] 18[??] (imperfect; 2 large areas torn away affecting date), and envelope with holograph genealogical notes.

Series 3 Printed Materials
Printed materials series. -- 1903-1937. -- 5 cm of textual records. -- Title based on content of series.
F.4 The Coronation of Their Majesties King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Official Souvenir Programme, 12 May 1937; 1 item.
F.5 Memorial publication “In Memoriam Of the Men who lost their lives in the Lyddite Explosion at the Royal Arsenal...”, 18 June 1903: Published by Dalby & Rixon, Woolwich; 1 item.

Series 4 Technical Notebook and Plan
Technical notebooks and plan series. -- [19--]-1915. -- 3 cm of textual records. -- Title based on content of series.
F.6 Technical notebook, [19--]: Comprised of holograph notes on topics such as ballistics, shell workings, rules of reflection, Morse Code, signalling, etc.; 61 leaves (rest of notebook is blank).
F.7 Plan of Abbey Wood Ammunition Works, Factory No. 200, Kent “revised June 1915 on amending license”; holograph annotations (imperfect; edges torn); 1 item.

Series 5 Other Material
Other material series. -- 1865. – 5 cm of textual records. -- Title based on content of series.
F.8 Marriage certificate, 29 September 1865: William Shelley’s and Martha Birch’s “Marriage Solemnized at the District Church in the District Chapelry of St. Gabriel, Pimlico, in the County of Middlesex...by George Mead” (groom’s father’s name is John Shelley, whose profession was a waterman); 1 item.

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