Extensive collection of records of the National Union of Women Teachers, 1904-1961, including minutes of the Council and various committees, conference reports, branch records, correspondence, press cuttings, handbills, pamphlets, posters and photographs. There is a large series of subject files on particular issues, individuals, organisations and campaigns documenting the wide range of the Union's interests. These include, for example, papers concerning women's organisations such as the Six Point Group, the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship, the Women's Freedom League, the Open Door Council, the Association of Women Clerks and Secretaries and others and educational groups such as the English New Education Fellowship and the Workers Educational Association.
The collection contains a full run of the NUWT periodical "The Woman Teacher" from September 1919 until the Union was wound up in 1961. Most of these volumes are indexed. The periodical contained many articles on educational issues, detailed reports of conferences, news of branch activities and book reviews, as well as always keeping before members the issues of women teachers' pay and conditions and of women's employment in general. A recurring topic was the unfairness of the marriage bar which affected teachers in many areas. Advertising space which was sold to help with production costs attracted notices about accommodation, holiday hotels and guest houses, courses and various medical services. The NUWT produced a large number of publications and pamphlets on subjects such as Senior, Nursery and Infant Schools, education in rural areas, peace and the teaching of peace in education, and leaving examinations in Modern Schools. Two more substantial publications were Emily Phipps' "History of the NUWT" (1928) and a Science Scheme for Girls drawn up by Edith Cooper. Muriel Pierotti's detailed account of the organisation for which she had worked for over 35 years was apparently intended for private circulation only; the British Library does not hold a copy.
Note. There are a number of items pre-dating the formation of the union, the earliest being from 1862.