Papers of James Charles McLauchlan (1912-1999), officer of the Institution of Professional Civil Servants

Scope and Content

The bulk of the deposit is made up of the minutes and papers of various Institution of Professional Civil Servants committees and groups, 1947-1976 (not complete). They include the National Executive Committee, 1960-1976, the Ministry of Aviation Group, the Ministry of Supply Scientific Staffs Branch, the Ministry of Technology Branch, the Officers Panel, the Information Officers Group, the Training Sub-Committee, the Defence Co-ordinating Committee, the Organisation Sub-Committee, the Public Research and Development Sub-Committee, the Negotiations Sub-Committee (and Professional Groups), the Scientific Staffs Group, the General Purposes Committee, the Fulton Sub-Committee, the Professional (B&E) Group, the Standing Orders Committee, and the Finance Sub-Committee.

The deposit also includes circulars, IPCS and Civil Service publications, scientific and technical publications, correspondence files, including personnel matters, 1958-1960, and a small quantity of personal papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists was founded on 1 January 1919 as the Professional Alliance, HM Civil Service, changing to the Institution of Professional Civil Servants later in the same year and deriving from the Federation of Professional Officers (Admiralty) founded in 1918. It remained a virtually federal body with affiliated associations in various Civil Service departments until 1945 when new rules involving a move towards branch structure were endorsed. In 1969 the Institution of Professional Civil Servants amalgamated with the Society of Technical Civil Servants and in 1970 with the Medical Staff Association. As a result of privatisation and the use of agencies and contractors members of the Institution were increasingly to be found outside the Civil Service which led to the adoption of the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists as the union's title in 1989.

J C McLauchlan (1912-1999) spent most of his civil service career as a Principal Scientific Officer at RPE Westcott. He joined the Institution of Professional Civil Servants in the 1940s, and held a variety of offices at local and departmental level. He served on the Institution's National Executive Committee for many years and was deputy vice-chairman in 1967, vice-chairman from 1968-1970 and chairman from 1970-1972. McLauchlan undertook a great deal of work for individual members and on the National Executive Committee he made a particular contribution to the training programme. He was elected an honorary member of the Institution in 1977.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Davina Kirby & Co., solicitors, on 23 November 1999.

Other Finding Aids

Link to Modern Records Centre catalogue:

Appraisal Information

This collection has been partly weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds National Executive Council minutes, 1965-70, and TUC affiliation files, 1967-76, at MSS.37. The records of the Medical Staff Association are at MSS.37MS.

The bulk of the Institution's archives remain with the organisation, now called the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists. To view these records application should be made to the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists, 75-79 York Road, London SE1 7AQ, England.