National Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers (NFISM)

Scope and Content

This collection contains: memoranda and articles of association, 1929; finance committee minutes, 1919-1934; parliamentary and parliamentary and general purposes committee minutes, 1919-1927; minutes of national committee for the iron and steel industry called to consider reorganisation of the industry, 1932-1933; reports of annual general meetings and other meetings, 1918-1936; monthly reports of proceedings, 1918-1934.

Administrative / Biographical History

The pressures of the First World War, in which steel was a vital material for munitions and other instruments of war and so closely supervised by the government, brought about the formation, in 1918, of the National Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers, bringing together the 40 or so associations and well over 400 companies. In 1934, as a condition of substantial tariff protection for the British industry, the government caused the industry to form a stronger central association, the British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF).

Reference: Ian Blakely OBE, 'A History of UK Steel Industry Associations' (

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

These records were among a series of deposits made by British Steel plc between 1995 and 1999.

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright/Reproduction There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Related Material

The largest part of the deposits made in the Centre by British Steel plc is formed by the records of the NFISM's successor, the British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF), which include records inherited from the NFISM. The deposits also include records of a number of regional and sectional iron and steel employers' organisations associated with the BISF, the statutory Iron and Steel Board and the nationalised British Steel Corporation.