KING, Sue (fl.1950-2016)

Scope and Content

Papers of Sue King, National President of the Co-operative Women's Guild, Secretary to the Mrs Ben Jones' Fund, and Secretary of the International Co-operative Alliance Women's Committee, (1890-2008)

Administrative / Biographical History

King joined the Barnehurst Young Wives branch of the Co-operative Women’s Guild in 1974, quickly establishing herself as a committed member by holding every office at Guild level. In 1975 she became the District Representative for the South East Metropolitan District and was elected to the District Council in 1976. She became District Treasurer in 1977 holding the position until 1979 when she became District Secretary until 1984. She also sat on the Regional Representative’s Committee from 1981. In 1986 she became a Section Council member and Sectional Treasurer before becoming a NEC member in 1989, a position she held until 1994. During that time she was also National President of the Co-operative Women’s Guild (1992-1993), a member of the International Women’s Committee (1993-1996) and the Secretary for the International Women’s Committee (1994-1996). In 1999 she took on the role of Regional Secretary as well as Trustee of the Mrs Ben Jones’ Convalescence Fund (Registered Secretary). She held both positions until 2001 when she took the position of Trustee of the Mrs Ben Jones’ Convalescence Fund (elected). She also sat on the Rules Revision Working Group 2000-2001. In 2006 she joined the Wilmington Branch of the Co-operative Women’s Guild.


The Sue King Archive is divided into the following eight sections:

  • KING/1: International Co-operative Alliance
  • KING/2: International Co-operative Alliance
  • KING/3: International Co-operative Alliance
  • KING/4: Co-Operative Women's Guild
  • KING/5: Co-Operative Women's Guild
  • KING/6: Co-Operative Societies
  • KING/7: International Co-operative Alliance Photographs
  • KING/8: Co-operative Women's Guild

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposited at Bishopsgate Institute by Sue Bosanko, a close friend of Sue King. Bosanko had stored King's papers in her house after King's death in October 2016, (9 February 2017).

Other Finding Aids

Adlib catalogue and copy of handlist available in researcher's area.

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Grace Biggins

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying and digital photography (without flash) is permitted for research purposes on completion of the Library's Copyright Declaration form and with respect to current UK copyright law.