Goliath Footwear was founded in 1880 by the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) under the name of the Heckmondwike Boot and Shoe Works. The factory was based in Heckmondwike in West Yorkshire and was the second Co-operative Wholesale Society shoe factory to be founded. The Heckmondwike Boot and Shoe Works was designed to manufacture hard wearing work boots. Goliath famously made lightweight football boots for Sir Stanley Matthews, who played football for Blackpool, Stoke City and England. In 2003 the Co-operative Wholesale Society sold Goliath Footwear.
The collection, covering 1880-1989, comprises employee registers, pensions and death benefit scheme registers, staff wages ledgers, price books, accounts, newspaper cuttings and photographs.