Literary remains of the writer Arthur Eaglestone aka Roger Dataller

Ref: MS 425

Title: Literary remains of the writer Arthur Eaglestone aka Roger Dataller

Scope: Papers from the life and works of Arthur Eaglestone (1892-1980), worker in the Yorkshire steel and mining industries, Oxford scholarship student, author, and adult educator with the WEA and the University of Sheffield’s Department of Extramural Studies. The material includes both manuscript and printed works, scripts for radio broadcasts, correspondence, and personal and family papers

Dates: 1920s-1990s

Level: Fonds

Extent: 10 boxes and 19 books

Name of creator: Arthur A Eaglestone, 1892-1980; later items from family members

Administrative / biographical history:

Arthur Eaglestone was born in Parkgate, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in 1892. His father had a soft drinks business, which the young Arthur worked in after he left school at the age of 13. After a short while in the family business, Arthur spent 12 years employed in a steel works, followed by several years as a timekeeper in the underground office of New Stubbin Colliery. While he was working there, he wrote “From a pitman’s notebook”, which was published in 1925 under the pseudonym Roger Dataller. On the strength of this, Arthur Eaglestone won a Miners’ Welfare Scholarship to New College, Oxford, which he attended as a student from 1928-1931.

After leaving Oxford with a BLitt degree, Eaglestone returned to South Yorkshire to work first of all for the WEA as a lecturer in English literature, and then as a staff tutor for the Extramural Department of the University of Sheffield. During this time he pursued a writing career, producing works of fiction, drama, literary criticism and history, as well as two further autobiographical works. He wrote many short stories and articles for newspapers, and some scripts for radio broadcasts. For a number of years he served as President of the Association of Yorkshire Bookmen.

After retirement in 1957, Arthur Eaglestone published a book on the history of Rockingham pottery, co-written with his son-in-law. He also worked on a further autobiography called “A Yorkshire Lad”, but this was never published. He died in 1980.

  • Related collections: Tom Hague Papers; Catherine Lovett Archive; Sheffield Voices Project
  • Source: From two family donors in 2011, and accrual in 2016
  • System of arrangement: By category as loosely arranged by Andrew Lockett; material from Ruth Hunt incorporated into the same scheme
  • Subjects: Literature & drama – England – South Yorkshire – 20th century; Coal mines and mining – England – South Yorkshire; Adult education; Rockingham pottery
  • Names: Eaglestone, Arthur A (Arthur Archibald), 1892-1980; Dataller, Roger, 1892-1980
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: According to document
  • Finding aids: Listed