Mainly papers regarding his membership of committees and organisations during the inter-war period, 1919-1954: minutes and related papers, 1919-1937; correspondence and subject files, 1919-1939; miscellaneous articles and speeches by Bevin, 1919-1939; press cuttings, 1919-1954; Trade Unionist journal, 1926
Transport and General Workers' Union: Ernest Bevin Papers
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Ernest Bevin was born in 1884. Full-time official, Dockers' Union, 1911, assistant national organiser, 1913, national organiser, 1914. Became General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union in 1922. Member of Trades Union Congress General Council from 1925. TUC Chairman, 1936-1937. Labour Member of Parliament for Wandsworth Central, 1940-1950; Woolwich East, 1950-1951. Minister of Labour and National Service, 1940-1945. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1945-1950. Lord Privy Seal, 1951. Died in 1951.
Reference: The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 1992).
Prior to the transfer of the papers from the Transport and General Workers' Union to the Centre they had been re-arranged in a strictly chronological sequence regardless of source or subject. This arrangement rendered the papers virtually unusable. They have consequently been re-arranged so as to recreate as far as possible what would appear to have been original series, relating to specific bodies or topics. A small residue of papers has been allocated to a miscellaneous section.
The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/holdings/class/. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).
The arrangement of the papers is as follows :
Trade union bodies
MSS.126/EB/TG Transport General Workers' Union
MSS.126/EB/NT National Transport Workers' Federation
MSS.126/EB/TU Trades Union Congress
MSS.126/EB/DI TUC/NEC/PLP Joint Disarmament Committee
Official commissions and committees (in chronological order)
MSS.126/EB/PT Port Transit Executive Committee
MSS.126/EB/TR Committee on Trusts
MSS.126/EB/IW Committee on Inland Waterways
MSS.126/EB/DT Dock Transport Workers (Registration Guaranteed Week) Committee
MSS.126/EB/WC Board of Trade Worsted Committee
MSS.126/EB/US Delegation to study industrial conditions in Canada and the USA
MSS.126/EB/CD Colonial Development Committee
MSS.126/EB/MT Standing Committee on Mineral Transport
MSS.126/EB/FI Committee on Finance Industry
MSS.126/EB/EA Economic Advisory Council
MSS.126/EB/PL Port Labour Inquiry
MSS.126/EB/UI Royal Commission on Unemployment Insurance
MSS.126/EB/IH Industrial Health Research Board
MSS.126/EB/HP Committee on Holidays with Pay
Non-official bodies and subject files (in alphabetical order)
MSS.126/EB/BC British Commonwealth Relations Conference
MSS.126/EB/CA (Council of Action)
MSS.126/EB/CC Coal crisis 1921
MSS.126/EB/DH Daily Herald
MSS.126/EB/DU Dockers unemployment insurance guaranteed wage issue
MSS.126/EB/GS General Strike
MSS.126/EB/GC Geneva Convention on Dock Labour
MSS.126/EB/HL Heffron Labour Party, Australia
MSS.126/EB/HB Humber bridge
MSS.126/EB/IL Independent Labour Party
MSS.126/EB/IP Industrial peace
MSS.126/EB/MV Correspondence with C. McVey
MSS.126/EB/MM Minority Movement
MSS.126/EB/RB Reparations Bill
MSS.126/EB/SS Society for Socialist Inquiry and Propaganda
MSS.126/EB/TB Tay bridge
MSS.126/EB/Wh Whitechapel St George's bye-election
MSS.126/EB/WT Workers' Travel Association
MSS.126/EB/AS Bevin's articles speeches
MSS.126/EB/MC Miscellaneous correspondence
MSS.126/EB/MO Miscellaneous other items
MSS.126/EB/MP Miscellaneous press-cuttings
MSS.126/EB/Tr Trade Unionist newspaper
Conditions Governing Access
Prior written permission is needed from the TGWU. Researchers should apply to Mr R. Collins, Assistant General Secretary, TGWU, Transport House, 128 Theobald's Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN.
The collection was deposited with the Centre by the TGWU in 1976.
Other Finding Aids
A copy of this catalogue is available at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.
An authority record exists for Ernest Bevin (GB 152 AAR0754).
Alternative Form Available
Microfilm copies of the Bevin papers are held by the TGWU.
Conditions Governing Use
There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.
This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Further deposits are not expected.