The James Montgomery and Sheffield Sunday School Union Archive

Ref: MS 468

Title: The James Montgomery and Sheffield Sunday School Union Archive

Scope: Papers relating to the SSSU and the Montgomery building on Surrey Street, Sheffield

Dates: 1797-2008
Level: Fonds
Extent: 1 boxes and 92 volumes

Administrative / biographical history:
The collection consists of minute books, correspondence, literature, music, educational material and newspaper cuttings covering the late 18th to the 21st centuries, and has a close connection with the Montgomery Manuscripts already held by the University of Sheffield Library.

James Montgomery (1771-1854) was a radical Sheffield journalist, poet, hymn-writer and philanthropist who was heavily involved in the founding of the Sheffield Sunday School Union in 1812, with the intention of educating working children on Sundays, especially in literacy, and fighting for child labour laws to keep children out of chimneys. The Montgomery building was named in memory of him. Throughout its history, the charity produced the annual Whit Sings in the parks and the archive contains hymn sheets going back to the early 1800s.

  • Related collections: Montgomery Manuscripts
  • Source: By deposit in November 2016
  • System of arrangement: As acquired
  • Subjects: Sunday schools; Sunday School Union (England)
  • Names: Montgomery, James, 1771-1854; Sheffield Sunday School Union; Sheffield Christian Education Council
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment. A small number of items are restricted.
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: University of Sheffield and according to document
  • Finding aids: Listed