Amalgamated Weavers' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1908-75 (incomplete); wage agreements and piece price lists.

Administrative / Biographical History

The union was founded as the Northern Counties Amalgamated Association of Weavers in 1884, changing its name to the Amalgamated Weavers' Association in 1923. In 1974 it merged with the National Union of Textile and Allied Workers to form the Amalgamated Textile Workers' Union.

Reference: Arthur Marsh, Victoria Ryan and John B. Smethurst, Historical directory of trade unions. Volume 4.Aldershot : Scolar Press, 1994.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open.

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for the Amalgamated Weavers' Association (GB 152 AAR853) and its predecessor the Northern Counties Amalgamated Association of Weavers (GBR 0152 AAR854).

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 Amalgamated Weavers' Association'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) .