Tom Hague Papers

Ref: MS 407

Title: Tom Hague Papers

Scope: Papers from the life and works of miner Tom Hague (1915-1998), also known as Totley Tom. The material includes recent recordings of interviews with family members.

Dates: 1970s-1990s; recorded interviews are from 2011
Level: Fonds
Extent: 4 boxes
Name of creator: Tom Hague, 1915-1998; some later items

Administrative / biographical history:

Tom Hague was born in Sheffield on Boxing Day, 1915. After leaving school at the age of fourteen he held various jobs, but spent most of his working life as a miner, becoming an active member of his local branch of the NUM. During the war years, he served in South East Asia. In 1937, Tom Hague married Ivy May Cheetham. They had two daughters (and eventually two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren).

Although Tom Hague’s formal education was limited, he read widely, and started writing seriously during the 1972 miners’ strike. Some of his works were published in 1976 as “Totley Tom : tales of a Yorkshire miner”. On the inside of the dust-jacket is written: “These are his stories, in prose and verse, of the place where he lives, the people he meets and the work he does”. Some, but not all, of the material is in dialect. He went on to become something of a celebrity, writing letters to newspapers, taking part in radio phone-ins, and appearing on TV.

Tom Hague died in 1998, at the age of 83. After his death, his relatives gathered together the pieces he’d written since his 1976 book, with the aim of publishing all his writings as one complete book.

  • Related collections: Literary remains of the writer Arthur Eaglestone aka Roger Dataller; Catherine Lovett Archive; Sheffield Voices Project
  • Source: Donated by the family in 2011
  • System of arrangement: By category as received
  • Subjects: Dialect literature – England – South Yorkshire – 20th century; Coal mines and mining – England – South Yorkshire; Miners’ writings – England – South Yorkshire – 20th century
  • Names: Hague, Tom; Totley Tom
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: According to document
  • Finding aids: Listed