• Title
    Kenneth Cantlie Archive
  • Reference
  • Production date
    1880 - 1989
  • Creator
    • Cantlie, KennethBiography
    • Locomotive Manufacturers' AssociationBiography
  • Scope and Content
    The collection contains personal and business papers, photographs, technical documents, publications, film and maps accumulated by the engineer Kenneth Cantlie. He designed locomotives, coaches, railway lines and bridges in various countries, predominantly China, India and Argentina between the 1920s and 1950s. He was instrumental in redeveloping Chinese railways in the 1930s and is credited as the designer of KF class 4-8-4 Chinese locomotives. The collection also contains material relating to the later stages of his career when Cantlie was acting as a representative for British industries and other companies, such as the Locomotive Manufacturers Association (LMA) and Giesl and travelling extensively in China, Africa, South America, Middle East and Europe. Kenneth Cantlie was in correspondence with various notable Chinese and British politicians of the 1950s and 1960s and provided information regarding his trips in the form of reports and photographs to governmental bodies and trade associations. Most notable personalities include president Sun Yat-Sen's son Sun Fo and third wife Soong Ching-ling. The collection also includes official documents relating to political relations between Britain and China, most notably correspondence and notes on messages relayed between Premier Zhou Enlai and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in the 1950s. Cantlie was an avid writer authoring numerous articles, opinion pieces, speeches and publications which is evident from the material presented in the collection. The collection is also visually rich with photography and film spanning from the 1920s to 1980s by Cantlie and other creators.
  • Extent
    31 boxes
  • Physical description
    The condition of the collection is mainly good. Most of the papers are placed loosely in files or bundles. Negatives and glass plates show moderate signs of deterioration
  • Language
    English, Chinese, French, Spanish
  • Archival history
    The collection was purchased from son Hugh Cantlie in October 2008.
  • Level of description
  • Repository name
    National Railway Museum, York
  • Subject
  • Conditions governing access
    Access is given in accordance with the NRM access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through Search Engine. Boxes or folders will be served one at a time to retain original order.
  • Conditions governing Reproduction
    Copies may be supplied of items in the collection, provided that the copying process used does not damage the item or is not detrimental to its preservation. Copies will be supplied in accordance with the NRM's terms and conditions for the supply and reproduction of copies, and the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation.
  • System of arrangement
    Originally, the majority of the material was housed in a four-drawer filing cabinet in the home of Hugh Cantlie, son of Kenneth Cantlie. In addition to this, the acquisition included five box files of photographs and other promotional material relating to the Giesl-ejector, two rolled maps and books. Before the collection came to the National Railway Museum (NRM) in October 2008, the material was weeded and sorted by Hugh Cantlie. Material was rehoused in archival boxes and listed by NRM volunteers maintaining, where possible, the order the material came in and retaining the original folders and envelopes. The uncatalogued collection has been consulted by researchers between 2009 and 2018 possibly distorting the original order of documents. The current arrangement retains the original order of documents to files as this is how the material was accumulated and used by Kenneth Cantlie and mainly follows the sequence established in the box list from 2008.
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