File 5 - Geoffrey Tweedale correspondence

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GB 249 OEDA/F/4/5


Geoffrey Tweedale correspondence


  • 1934-1957, 1996-2007 (Creation)

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3 folders

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(b. 1951)

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Geoffrey Tweedale was Professor of Business History at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. He has a long-standing interest in the history of occupational health and has written studies on asbestos-related diseases, byssinosis, silicosis, and cancers in the chemical and cotton industries.

His publications relating specifically to the asbestos industry include:

  • 'Magic mineral to killer dust: Turner & Newall and the asbestos hazard' (2nd edition, 2001: Oxford University Press)
  • (with Laurie Flynn) 'Piercing the corporate veil: Cape Industries and multinational corporate liability for a toxic hazard, 1950-2004', 'Enterprise and society' 8 (2) (2007), 268-296, DOI: 10.1017/S1467222700005863
  • (with Jock McCulloch) 'Defending the indefensible: the global asbestos industry and its fight for survival (2008: Oxford University Press)

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Correspondence (including telephone memoranda) with business historian Geoffrey Tweedale. One theme of the exchange is arrangements for the OEDA archive. Includes

  • drafts of Tweedale’s publications
  • correspondence with London Metropolitan Archive
  • photocopies of corporate correspondence from the asbestos industry, including Sumner Simpson, 1934-1957

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  • English

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  • English



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