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Wood, George Henry, Collection
This collection comprises consists of around 50,000 pamphlets, some loose and some bound in volumes, spanning roughly 1870-1930. It was the personal library of George Henry Wood, a statistician and socialist who spent much of his career striving to improve the living and working conditions of the lower classes. Wood loaned the collection to the Huddersfield Technical College in 1925 and 20 years later, upon his death, it was gifted to form a part of what would later become the University library. The collection naturally reflects Wood’s personal interests and while it is therefore slightly biased by its creator’s tendency toward socialism it provides a window into the ideologies and popular politics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The section of the library Wood loaned the College was predominately the Economic and statistical works and due to various subsequent removals to other institutions and some loss the collection we currently hold is not the complete original deposit. Wood himself gave the collection the title of 'The Library of a Sociologist' which is a good summary of the overarching theme of the collection. The majority of documents included in the library are pamphlets, either loose or bound together, covering social issues such as industrialisation, the economy and the welfare of the working people. The remaining documents are mostly biography books and manuscripts written by Wood himself. Wood was a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a well renowned authority on the subject of workers' wages and conditions and so naturally a large amount of the collection is given over to such research.

The pamphlets that make up this collection were mostly produced quickly and cheaply for mass circulation. As a result there are relatively few examples of many of them remaining and even fewer collections compiling them on this scale. A huge range of topics is covered but the collection can also be a valuable source for researching literacy levels, the dissemination of information, propaganda, graphic design and the use of language.

The catalogue is divided by general theme into 17 main sections; each of these has subsections within them to further divide the collection and delineate the topic of the pamphlets. Many of the themes overlap in places, meaning that while these divisions can be a useful tool for browsing they should not be taken as definitive boundaries. The collection remains in much condition as when it was donated although some additions were made later, most notably GHW/Q (Administration), which was added by Heritage Quay archivists. Upon receiving the collection the Technical College library staff did alter the structure slightly. Previously Wood had kept the pamphlets and volumes in order of acquisition but it was decided that this needed to be changed in order to improve accessibility. The structure was later altered even further when library and archive staff split the collection into sections and subsections based on the themes covered in the documents. The sections are:

A-Economics: A/A General Economics (c.1820-1911); A/B Banking and Currency (c.1820-1920); A/C Public Finance (c.1822-1914); A/D International Trade (c.1821-1920); A/E Free Trade and Protectionism (c.1800-1910).

B-Industry: B/A General Industry (c.1832-1920); B/B Manufacturing Industries (c.1844-1914); B/C Industrial Health and Safety and Welfare (c.1868-1925); B/D Industrial Relations (c.1897-1920).

C-Labour Problems: C/A Labour (c.1816-1918); C/B Wages and Hours (c.1860-1920); C/C Unemployment (c.1893-1920); C/D Trade Unions (c.1869-1918); C/E Co-Operation (c.1872-1924).

D-Social Reform Problems: D/A General (c.1866-1909)l; D/B Philanthropy (c.1900-1901); D/C Poverty and Poor Laws (c.1818-1912); D/D Housing (c.1884-1902); D/E Health and Sanitation (c.1895-1915); D/F The
Elderly (c.1906-1925); D/G Drink, Intemperance and Gambling (c.1882-1907); D/H Crime (c.1888-1920); D/I Population (c.1821-1910).

E-Women, Children and Education: E/A Women (c.1886-1916); E/B Children (c.1903-1918); E/C Education (c.1837-2005).

F-Politics: F/A General (c.1831-1919); F/B Liberalism (c.1883-1910); F/C Socialism (c.1821-1920); F/E Fabianism (c.1891-1925); F/F Anarchism (c.1895-1906).

G-Labour Government: G/A Local Government and Municipal Control (c.1851-1911).

H-Thought and Belief: H/A Sociology (c.1860-1911); H/B Philosophy and Ethics (c.188-1901); H/C Religion (c.1870-1914).

I-Statistics (c. 183-1919)

J-Agriculture and Land (c.1843-1914)

K-Transport: K/A Railways (c.1873-1899)

L-International: L/A Ireland (c.1833-1913); L/B America (c.1838-1911); L/C France (c.1850-1904); L/D Germany (c.1896-1919); L/E Other Countries (c.1839-1922).

M-War: M/A Boer War (c.1899-1903); M/B First World War (c.1914-1918); M/C Reconstruction (c.1918-1920).

N-Economic, Social and Legal: N/A Economic and Social History (c.1834-1905); N/B Legal and Legislation (1773-1906); N/C Biography and Autobiography (c.1835-1913).

O-Miscellaneous (c.1865-1965)

P-Bibliographies (c.1855-1915)

Q-Administration