The National League of the Blind and Disabled

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1914, 1917-18, 1983; conference reports and agendas, 1964-79, 1991, 1994, (incomplete); correspondence files especially re industrial relations, including Exeter workshops dispute, 1979-83; Ministry of Labour, 1947-68; international blind organisations, 1950-4; National League of the Blind and Disabled Yearbook, 1986. The Advocate, 1969, 1982-93. The Blind Advocate, 1971-1981.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National League of the Blind and Disabled is a small registered trade union of visually impaired and disabled people which was originally known as the National League of the Blind. The League has 50 branches, working to promote the education, training, employment and general welfare of blind and disabled people. Formed in 1899, affiliated to TUC 1902, affiliated to the Labour Party 1909. Active with Regional Councils in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The League publishes its journal The Advocateand Braille version The Horizonon a regular basis. Reference:   Chris Cook and David Waller, The Longman Guide to Sources in Contemporary British history. 1 : Organisations and Societies ( (Longman, 1994)).


The papers are uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre on indefinite loan in 1995. The deposit and delivery was arranged and carried out by Mr P. Carter of the GMB.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority record exists for National League of the Blind and Disabled (GB 152 AAR1308) .

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

No appraisal, destruction or scheduling has taken place


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The centre also holds the records of the National Federation of of the Blind, 1947-90s (MSS.349)

For local branches of National Federation of the Blind and other blind and disabled charities consult the National Register of Archives