Papers of the Federation of British Industries

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various series of minutes, 1916-65; annual reports, 1917-64; publications, 1917-65;  British Industries/FBI Review, 1917-64; papers of officers, 1916-65; directorate subject files, 1919-65; some regional records, 1917-65.

Administrative / Biographical History

The FBI was founded in 1916 on the initiative of the Midlands industrialist, Dudley Docker. He obtained pledges of 1,000 from each of 124 firms to launch a new representative organisation for industry. The Federation shied away from involvement in such basic issues as labour relations and (at first) tariff reform, but overall it did prove a success. It absorbed other smaller organisations which strengthened its regional and overseas work, and in 1923 was incorporated by Royal Charter. It was easily the biggest of the CBI's predecessors, having a membership of over 9,000 individual firms and 272 trade associations by 1964. It merged with the British Employers' Confederation and the National Association of British Manufacturers to form the Confederation of British Industry in 1965.

Reference: Alan Crookham, Michael Wilcox, Christine Woodland and Richard Storey, The Confederation of British Industry and predecessor archives.Coventry : University of Warwick Library, 1997.

Arrangement

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with  ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the CBI in 1979.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogues of the minutes series and the papers of presidents to file level were compiled in 1971-3. Catalogues to file level of the remaining papers was completed in 1980-85. These catalogues are available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. A fonds level description of the archive is available on-line. An authority file exists for the Federation of British Industries (GB 152 AAR1390).

A sources booklet, Alan Crookham, Michael Wilcox, Christine Woodland and Richard Storey,  The Confederation of British Industry and predecessor archives.Coventry : University of Warwick Library, 1997 is available from the Centre.

Conditions Governing Use

Any significant work based on use of the archive must be submitted to the CBI prior to publication.

Appraisal Information

Material for the archive was selected in conjunction with the CBI's records management service.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds the following records of the Confederation of British Industry's predecessors : the British Employers' Confederation (MSS.200/B), the Federation of British Industries (MSS.200/F); and the National Association of British Manufacturers (MSS.200/N). It also holds the records of a number of related organisations. These include: the British Dextrine Manufacturers' Association (MSS.200/BDMA), the British Industrial Measuring and Control Apparatus Manufacturers' Association (MSS.200/BIMCAM), the British Towel Manufacturers' Association (MSS.200/BTMA), the Committee of British Employers Operating Abroad (MSS.200/BEOA), the Dollar Exports Council (MSS.200/DEC), the India (Pakistan &) Burma Association (MSS.200/IPBA), the Joint Committee on India (MSS.200/JCI), the Lancashire and District Trade Effluent Committee (MSS.200/LDTE), the National Industrial Organisation (MSS.200/NIO), the NEDC Liaison Group (MSS.200/NEDC), the Trade Board (Employers') Consultative Council (MSS.200/TB); and the Traders' Co-ordinating Committee on Transport (MSS.200/TCC).