The following is a selected Bibliography relating to the cotton industry in Blackburn, Darwen and the North-West:
'Cotton: A Select Bibliography on Cotton in North-West England', compiled and edited by Terry Wyke and Nigel Rudyard, Bibliography of North-West England, Manchester, 1997.
'The Lancashire Cotton Industry: A Study in Economic Development', Sydney J. Chapman, Manchester University Press, 1904.
'Lancashire on the Scrapheap: The Cotton Industry 1945-1970', John Singleton, Oxford University Press, 1991.
'The Cotton Masters 1830-1860', Anthony Howe, Oxford University Press, 1984
'Turnpikes and Toll Houses of Lancashire', Ron Freethy, Publication Information not known.
'A Textile Terminology: Warp & Weft', Dorothy K. Burnham, Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd, 1981.
'The Spinning Mule', Harold Catling, The Lancashire Library, 1986.
'Lancashire of one hundred years ago', John Hudson and Alan Sutton, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, 1993.
'The Family Records of Benjamin Shaw Mechanic of Dent, Dolphinholme and Preston, 1772-1841', Ed. Alan G. Crosby, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, 1991.
'Blackburn: The Evolution of a Cotton Town', Geo. C. Miller, Blackburn Town Council, 1951.
'My Days are Swifter than a Weaver's Shuttle', Ken Wilson, Clement Publishers Ltd, 1982.
'Lancashire's Architectural Heritage: An Anthology of Fine Buildings', John Champnes, Lancashire County Planning Department, 1989.
'The Mill by the Canal', G. J. Timmins, Blackburn Curriculum Development Centre, 1975.
'Images of East Lancashire', Eric Leaver, The Breedon Books Publishing Company Ltd, 1993.
'Blackburn As It Is: A Topographical, Statisitical and Historical Account', P. A. Whittle, P.A. Whittle, F.S.A., 1852.
*'Aspects of Blackburn: Discovering Local History', Ed. Alan Duckworth, Wharncliffe Publishing Limited, 1999.
'Chronicles of Blackburn 1861-2', Publication Information not known.
'Darwen and it's People', J. G. Shaw, T.H.C.L. Books, 1st Ed 1889 reprinted 1991.
'A History of Blackburn Town & Parish', W. A. Abram, T.C.H.L. Books, 1st Ed 1877.
'Bits of Old Blackburn', J.G. Shaw and William Hulme illus. Chas. Haworth, 1st Ed 1889 reprinted 1988 Landy Publishing.
'Images of England: Darwen', Compiled by Martin Baggoley, Tempus Publishing Ltd, 1998.
*'Blackburn in Times Gone By', Compiled by Jim Halsall, Landy Publishing, 1998.
*'Tiplady's Blackburn', Nick Harling, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, 2001.
'Blackburn Worthies of Yesterday: A Biographical Galaxy', Geo. C. Miller, Blackburn Society of Antiquaries, 1959.
'Life In A Cotton Town, Blackburn 1818-48', Brian Lewis, Carnegie Press, 1985.
'The First Industrial Society: Lancashire 1750-1850', Chris Aspin, Carnegie Publishing, 1995.
'The Handbook of Blackburn', Compiled by staff at 'Lancashire Daily Express' and 'Blackburn Weekly Standard', Express and Standard Offices, 1896.
'Bygone Blackburn', Geo. C. Miller, First Ed 1950, Limited Second Edition Reprint T.H.C.L Books Blackburn, 1989.
'A Blackburn Miscellany', Ed. Bob Dobson, Landy Publishing, 1993.
'James Hargreaves and the Spinning Jenny', C. Aspin and D. Chapman, Helmshore Local History Society, 1964.
'The Blackburn Benefactor: Thomas Boys Lewis', Amelia Holt, Gallery and Museum Studies, Manchester University, 1981.
'A Dictionary of Old Trades, Titles and Occupations', Colin Waters, Countryside Books, 1999.
'Industrial Heritage: A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Blackburn', Mike Rothwell, Hyndburn Local History Society, 1985.
'Industrial Archaeology of Lancashire', Owen Ashmore, David & Charles: Newton Abbott, 1969.
*'Four Centuries of Lancashire Cotton', Geoffrey Timmins, Lancashire County Books, 1996.
*'The Lancashire Cotton Industry: A History Since 1700', Ed. Mary B. Rose, Lancashire County Books, 1996.
'A Textile Dictionary of Dialect and Technical Terms', North-West Sound Archive, 1994.
'Blackburn: The Development of a Lancashire Cotton Town', Derek Beattie, Wyburn Publishing, 1992.
'The Peels in the Early English Cotton History', Stanley D. Chapman, Business History, 1969.
'The Lancashire Weavers Story: A History of the Lancashire Cotton Industry and the Amalgamated Weavers' Association', Edwin Hopwood, Amalgamted Weavers' Association, 1969.
'Around and About the Leeds and Liverpool Canal', Mike Clarke, Milepost Research, 1992.
'The Leeds and Liverpool Canal: A Photographic Journey', David C. Lyons, Hendon Publishing Company Limited, 1977.
'Bourgeois Ideology and Order: Middle-Class Culture and Politics in Lancashire, 1789-1851', Brian Lewis, UMI Dissertation Services, 1995.
Unless otherwise stated, all texts are available for reference at Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG, Telephone: 01254 661221, Fax: 01254 690539.
All items marked with a (*) may be purchased from Blackburn Central Library (details given above).