Shop stewards; committee minutes, 1946-75; daily working notes, 1946-75; some subject files; extensive AUEW and Communist Party of Great Britain material. Until 1953 the records which Etheridge kept as convener were relatively informal. Most important of these are his daily working notes (MSS.202 /S/J/8/1-80). These take the form of scrap paper, blank on one side (which he wrote on) and folded to fit his pockets. Much of his correspondence for the years 1945 to 1953 was interfiled with these notes. In 1953, after the 'McHugh Strike' called by the National Union of Vehicle Builders, the management at Longbridge determind to make Etheridge account more fully for working time spent on shop stewards' business. In consequence he became more formal in his record keeping. In particular he began to file incoming correspondence and other papers with the agenda for the Joint Shop Stewards or Works Committee meeting at which they would be discussed. Along with the agenda and related papers Etheridge placed what he called the convener's report. This was not a continuous prose report but a skeletal outline of matters to be raised, especially disputes internal to the Longbridge works. Many of the items listed in the conveners' reports were directly related to notes received from shop stewards and these were filed with the conveners' report. The series of files containing the agendas, conveners' reports and related papers for Joint Shop Stewards and Work Committee meetings has been given the references MSS.202/S/J/3/2/1-220. A similar series of agendas, conveners' reports and related papers exists in respect of the AEU shop stewards' organisation at Longbridge (MSS.202/S/A/3/1/1-96). Etheridge devised pro forma record cards and record sheets for use by shop stewards in documenting the manner in which internal disputes were processed: some of these were filed by Etheridge in separate series (MSS.202/S/J/3/3/94-112) but many others were incorporated into other files.The basic outline of Etheridge's system for keeping Longbridge Joint Shop Stewards' records was sound and has been retained in the arrangement of the papers by Modern Records Centre staff. He was, however, often too busy to file incoming correspondence, carbon copies of letters dispatched, etc. In addition, in some instances he seems to have mis-filed papers. Modern Records Centre staff have therefore had to place a substantial number of items in appropriate locations and income instances new files have been created. The contents of Etheridge's shop stewards' files as originally received was described and a record has been kept of papers added or removed. These records are available for inspection. Etheridge's Communist Party papers were in a very jumbled state when received. Only his National Executive Committee papers were substantially in order. Consequently the arrangement of the Communist Party papers is essentially one devised by Modern Records Centre staff. A great many of the AEU, AEF, AUEW, TUC and other labour and political publications received with the Etheridge papers have been transferred to University of Warwick Library stock. The following have, however, been retained: heavily annotated items, e.g. reports to AEU National Committee meetings attended by Dick Etheridge; small items too ephemeral to be readily assimilated into the Library's stock; and, Communist Party publications.
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