Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Conference reports, 1947-88; annual reports, 1950-69; The Clerk, 1908-89 (incomplete).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff was founded as the National Union of Clerks in 1890 and later changed its name to the National Union of Clerks and Administrative Workers in 1920. It merged with the Association of Women Clerks and Secretaries in 1940 to form the Clerical and Administrative Workers' Union (CAWU). In 1972 the union changed its name to the Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff. In 1989 APEX merged with the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union.

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

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

A partial list of the union's records held at the Centre has been compiled.

An authority file exists for the Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff (GB 152 AAR819) and its predecessors : the Clerical and Administrative Workers' Union (GBR 0152 AAR820); the National Union of Clerks and Administrative Workers (GBR 0152 AAR821); and the National Union of Clerks (GBR 0152 AAR823).

The main archives of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union, including the boilermakers' section, remain with the union at its national college. Some records have, however, been transferred to the Working Class Movement Library, Salford : see Working Class Movement Library, Bulletin, no. 2 (1992), pp. 67-92, for a description of these records. Some records of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers are also held in the London Archive, Department of Politics, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London. The records of numerous textile unions are in the Lancashire Record Office. Other material, including some Blacksmiths' Society records, is held by the Centre.

Custodial History

The Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff's papers form part of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union archive. The initial deposit related to this archive was made in 1978 and accruals are listed under the entry for the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union (MSS.192/GMB). Records of the Crewe Branch (MSS.174) and the Hayes Area Office (MSS.279) of the Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff are also located at the Centre.