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.
Papers of the Federation of British Industries
Scope and Content
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.
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.
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.
Material for the archive was selected in conjunction with the CBI's records management service.
Further deposits are not expected.