National Federation of Postal and Telegraph Clerks

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Postal Telegraph , 1921-3.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Federation consisting of four guilds was founded in 1921. The guilds were divided into postal sorters, telephonists, counter clerks & telegraphists and sorting clerks & telegraphists. A split occurred in the Federation in 1930 which resulted in the withdrawal of the Postmaster-General's recognition of the union. As a result it soon collapsed through lack of support.

Reference:; Alan Clinton, Post Office Workers : a trade union and social history.London, 1984.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been given the classification MSS.148 together with a unique suffix to indicate that it is a constituent part of the papers of the Union of Communication Workers (now itself part of the Communication Workers' Union). There are also several related deposits at the Modern Records Centre and these are listed under the entry for the Union of Communication Workers (MSS.148/UCW) .

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR1105).

Custodial History

The National Federation of Postal and Telegraph Clerks' papers form part of the archive of the Union of Communication Workers. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made on the 17th February 1977 and accruals are listed under the entry for the Union of Communication Workers (MSS.148/UCW) .