Greening the Archive with the Samuel Oldknow Papers, 1782-1924


Below you can find many of the books and articles that informed our research and curation of the Oldknow archive:


Albritton Jonsson, Fredrik. “The Industrial Revolution in the Anthropocene.” The Journal of Modern History 84, no. 3 (2012): 679–96.

Archives, The National. “The National Archives - Homepage.” Text. The National Archives (blog). The National Archives. Accessed March 8, 2021.

Beckert, Sven. Empire of Cotton : A Global History. New York: Knopf, 2014.

Bell, Michelle L, Devra L Davis, and Tony Fletcher. “A Retrospective Assessment of Mortality from the London Smog Episode of 1952: The Role of Influenza and Pollution.” Environmental Health Perspectives 112, no. 1 (2004): 6–8.

Büntgen, Ulf, Vladimir S. Myglan, Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Michael Mccormick, Nicola Di Cosmo, Michael Sigl, Johann Jungclaus, et al. “Cooling and Societal Change during the Late Antique Little Ice Age from 536 to around 660 AD.” Nature Geoscience 9, no. 3 (2016): 231–36.

Caradonna, Jeremy L. Sustainability : A History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Chapman, Stanley D. “The Cost of Power in the Industrial Revolution in Britain: The Case of the Textile Industry.” Midland History 1, no. 2 (1971): 1–24.

Custer, Paul A. “Refiguring Jemima: Gender, Work and Politics in Lancashire 1770-1820.” Past & Present, no. 195 (2007): 127–58.

Degroot, Dagomar. The Frigid Golden Age : Climate Change, the Little Ice Age, and the Dutch Republic, 1560-1720. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Eacott, Jonathan. Selling Empire : India in the Making of Britain and America, 1600-1830. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

“Explore Samuel Oldknow’s Two-Hundred Year Legacy, across Mellor & Marple.” Accessed March 8, 2021.

Fleischman, Richard K. What Is Past Is Prologue : Cost Accounting in the British Industrial Revolution 1760-1850. London: Routledge, 2017.

Fuks, D., O. Ackermann, A. Ayalon, M. Bar-Matthews, G. Bar-Oz, Y. Levi, A. M. Maeir, E. Weiss, T. Zilberman, and Z. Safrai. “Dust Clouds, Climate Change and Coins: Consiliences of Palaeoclimate and Economy in the Late Antique Southern Levant.” Levant 49, no. 2 (2017): 205–23.

Gordon, Robert B. “Cost and Use of Water Power during Industrialization in New England and Great Britain: A Geological Interpretation.” The Economic History Review 36, no. 2 (1983): 240–59.

Haldon, John, Neil Roberts, Adam Izdebski, Dominik Fleitmann, Michael McCormick, Marica Cassis, Owen Doonan, et al. “The Climate and Environment of Byzantine Anatolia: Integrating Science, History, and Archaeology.” The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 45, no. 2 (2014): 113–61.

Horn, Jeff, Leonard N. Rosenband, and Merritt Roe Smith, eds. Reconceptualizing the Industrial Revolution. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.

Hulme, Mike. Weathered: Cultures of Climate. London: SAGE Publications, 2016.

Izdebski, Adam, Karin Holmgren, Erika Weiberg, Sharon R. Stocker, Ulf Büntgen, Assunta Florenzano, Alexandra Gogou, et al. “Realising Consilience: How Better Communication between Archaeologists, Historians and Natural Scientists Can Transform the Study of Past Climate Change in the Mediterranean.” Quaternary Science Reviews 136 (2016): 5–22.

McCormick, Michael. “What Climate Science, Ausonius, Nile Floods, Rye, and Thatch Tell Us about the Environmental History of the Roman Empire.” In The Ancient Mediterranean Environment between Science and History, edited by William V. Harris, 61–88. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

McCormick, Michael, Ulf Büntgen, Mark A. Cane, Edward R. Cook, Kyle Harper, Peter Huybers, Thomas Litt, et al. “Climate Change during and after the Roman Empire: Reconstructing the Past from Scientific and Historical Evidence.” The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 43, no. 2 (2012): 169–220.

Mokyr, Joel. “Entrepreneurship and the Industrial Revolution in Britain.” In The Invention of Enterprise: Entrepreneurship from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern Times, edited by David S. Landes, Joel Mokyr, and William J. Baumol, 183–210. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2010.

———. The Enlightened Economy : An Economic History of Britain, 1700-1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Mosley, Stephen. “‘A Network of Trust’: Measuring and Monitoring Air Pollution in British Cities, 1912-1960.” Environment and History 15, no. 3 (2009): 273–302.

Nardizzi, Vincent Joseph, and Tiffany Jo Werth, eds. Premodern Ecologies in the Modern Literary Imagination. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.

Pelham, R.A. “The Water-Power Crisis in Birmingham in the Eighteenth Century.” University of Birmingham Historical Journal 9, no. 1 (1963): 143–64.

Pereira, Thales Augusto Zamberlan. “Poor Man’s Crop? Slavery in Brazilian Cotton Regions (1800-1850).” Estudos Econômicos (São Paulo) 48, no. 4 (2018): 623–55.

Pollard, Sidney. “The Genesis of the Managerial Profession: The Experience of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain.” Studies in Romanticism 4, no. 2 (1965): 57–80.

Sessa, Kristina. “The New Environmental Fall of Rome: A Methodological Consideration.” Journal of Late Antiquity 12, no. 1 (May 29, 2019): 211–55.

“Slavery and the British Transatlantic Slave Trade - The National Archives.” Accessed September 23, 2020.

Thorsheim, Peter. “Interpreting the London Fog Disaster of 1952.” In Smoke and Mirrors: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution, edited by E. Melanie DuPuis, 154–69. New York: New York University Press, 2004.

Unwin, George. Samuel Oldknow and the Arkwrights: The Industrial Revolution at Stockport and Marple. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1968.

Welch, Todd. “‘Green’ Archivism: The Archival Response to Environmental Research.” The American Archivist 62, no. 1 (1999): 74–94.

Wenzel, Jennifer. The Disposition of Nature : Environmental Crisis and World Literature. New York: Fordham University Press, 2020.

Williams, Robert. “Inscribing the Workers: An Experiment in Factory Discipline or the Inculcation of Manners?: A Case in Context.” Accounting History 2, no. 1 (1997): 35–60.

Williams, Robert B. (Robert Bernard). Accounting for Steam and Cotton : Two Eighteenth Century Case Studies. New York: Garland Pub, 1997.

Wilson, Edward O. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge. 1st ed. New York: Knopf, 1998.

Worster, Donald. Nature’s Economy : The Roots of Ecology. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1977.

Wright of Derby, Joseph. “Arkwright, Sir Richard (1732-1792).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 23 Sep. 2004; Accessed March 8, 2021.

Wrigley, E. A. Energy and the English Industrial Revolution. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.



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