National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers

Scope and Content

Series 1 - Annual reports, 1915-1975
Series 2 - Executive Committee and Committee minutes, 1926-1991
Series 3 - Conference reports, 1921-1989
Series 4 - Rule books, 1914-1985
Series 5 - Circulars to the Executive board, 1936-1991
Series 6 - Other papers including shop stewards handbooks, national agreements, price lists, membership cards, correspondence, newspaper cuttings and leaflets about the union and clothing industry.
Series 7 - Branch records including including Antrim branch, Belfast branch, Bolton branch, Bristol branch, Crewe branch, Down branch Dublin branch, Hebden Bridge branch, Leeds branch, Liverpool branch, London branches, Manchester branch, Medway branch, Nantwich branch, Newcastle Under Lyme branch, North Lancashire branch, St Helens branch, Wellingborough and Kettering branch, Wigan branch, Glasgow branch and Reading branch.
Series 8 - Irish consultative committee records

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1915 the United Garment Workers was created from an amalgamation of several tailors' trade unions from Leeds and London. In 1920 the Tailors and Garment Workers Union was formed with an amalgamation between the Scottish Operative Tailors and Tailoresses Association (1865) and the United Garment Workers Union. The National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers was formed in 1932 from an amalgamation of the Tailors and Garment Workers Union and the Amalgamated Society of Tailors and Tailoresses (1866) from Manchester. In 1991 the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers merged with the GMB.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Some of the material is fragile.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued as part of the HLF project 'The past meets the present'

Related Material

Other records available at Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick Library, GB 0152 MSS.192/TGW, National union of Tailors and Garment Workers, 1926-1989 Biennial conferences, 1937-61 : reports of proceedings; Executive Board minutes, 1926-64 (incomplete); various sets of circulars, 1937-89 (incomplete); The Garment Worker, 1928-38, 1945-89.