Papers of the Assistant Clerks' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1904-1918, Edinburgh branch minutes, 1914-1925.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Assistant Clerks' Association has its origins in the Senior Clerks' Committee which was established in 1901 to press claims for higher increments and better pension rights. The Senior Clerks' Committee changed its name to the Assistant Clerks' Association in March 1903 and its membership increased, reaching 2223 members in 1912. In 1911 the Association began publication of the journal Red Tape and became a founder member of the Civil Service Federation. In 1920 it merged with the Post Office Engineering Clerical Assistants to form the Clerical Officers' Association.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions Volume 1 Non-Manual Unions (England 1988).


This archive was received as part of a deposit by the Public and Commercial Services Union which was given the manuscript number MSS.415. Within the deposit the archives of each of the individual trade unions have been indicated by letters following the slash. Thus MSS.415/ACA represents the Assistant Clerk's Association.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The archive was deposited by the Public and Commercial Services Union in September 2000.

Other Finding Aids

A box list for MSS.415 is available in the Centre's searchroom. A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

Authority records exist for the Assistant Clerks' Association (GB 152 AAR0759), the Civil Service Alliance (GB 152 AAR0768) and the Clerical Officers' Association (GB 152 AAR0761).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

For additional archives of the Civil and Public Services Association and the Civil Service Alliance see (MSS.48). The Centre also holds the archives of the Public and Commercial Services Union and many of its other predecessors (MSS.415).

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