Society of Civil and Public Servants

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Association of Staff Clerks and Other Civil Servants: minutes, 1918-20; membership register.

Customs and Excise Federation: minutes and circulars, 1969-71; yearbook, 1952-69 (incomplete).

Customs and Excise Surveyors' Association, Branch 18: minutes and circulars, 1958-68; correspondence, 1960s.

Departmental Whitley Council, Surveyor Grade Committee: minutes and papers, 1934-65.

Civil Service Alliance: publications, 1918-36.

Civil Service Confederation: reports, 1921-38.

Society of Civil Servants: minutes, 1918-30; annual reports, 1918-26; The Quill, 1926-7.

Society of Civil Servants (Executive, Directory and Analogous): minutes, 1930-68; financial records, 1944-71; annual reports, 1930-45; correspondence and subject files.

Society of Civil and Public Servants: papers re: commissioned review of its structure,organisation and operation, 1979-80.

Second Division Clerks' Association/Association of Executive Officers: various series of minutes, 1905-30; annual reports, 1905-30; Association News/Newssheet, 1919-23; some subject files, 1912-30; papers of Gen. Sec., H.W. Bridger.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society of Civil and Public Servants had its earliest beginnings in the Second Division Clerks Association, which was formed in 1890. Changing its name to the Association of Executive Officers in 1920, an amalgamation with the Association of Staff Clerks and Other Civil Servants followed shortly afterwards. Previously, the Association had formed, in 1918, the Society of Civil Servants, but disaffiliated from it when it merged with the Association of Executive Officers. However, in 1931 the SCS merged with the Association, to form the Society of Civil Servants (Executive, Directory and Analogous). A final change of name occurred in 1976, when the organisation became known as the Society of Civil and Public Servants.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions Vol. 1: Non-Manual Unions (Gower, 1980)

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is subject to a ten-year closure period.

Custodial History

The SCPS collection was made in several deposits by the Society itself, from 1982-1992. Deposits were also made by University staff, 1990-1996. The material relating to the Surveyors' Association was deposited by Mr. Geoffrey Berry in 1991.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds records relating to the Civil Service Alliance (MSS.232), the Civil Service Confederation (MSS.297), the Civil Service Union (MSS.111), the Civil Service Clerical Association (MSS.48), the Clerical Officers' Association (MSS.48). Authority files exist for the Civil Service Alliance (GB 152 AAR0768), the Civil Service Confederation (GBR 0152 AAR0770), the Civil Service Clerical Association (GBR 0152 AAR0766), the Clerical Officers' Association (GBR 0152 AAR0761), the Surveyors' Association (GBR 0152 AAR0783), the Customs and Excise Federation (GBR 0152 AAR0782), the Society of Civil Servants (GBR 0152 AAR0774), the Society of Civil and Public Servants (GBR 0152 AAR0775), the Second Division Clerks Association (GBR 0152 AAR0771), the Association of Executive Officers (GBR 0152 AAR0772), the Association of Staff Clerks and Other Civil Servants (GBR 0152 AAR0773).