Amalgamated Society of Papermakers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1920-38, including some financial records; and reports, 1894-1918, including balance sheets.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Amalgamated Society of Papermakers came into existence in 1854 as the United Brotherhood of Papermakers, effectively a progressive splinter group of the Original Society of Papermakers. The UBP itself split in 1869 into the United Brotherhood and the Modern Society, the latter being opposed to the system of tramping for work. They reunited as the Amalgamated Society of Papermakers in 1894 and from the beginning of the First World War developed an ever closer relationship firstly with the National Union of Printing and Paper Workers and then with the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding, Machine Ruling and Paper Workers / National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers. On January 1st 1937 the Amalgamated Society of Papermakers amalgamated with the NUPBPW to form part of the enlarged union's Papermaking Section.

Reference: C.J. Bundock, The Story of the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers.Oxford, 1959

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

This catalogue of the Amalgamated Society of Papermakers Archive is also available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives and on the National Inventory of Documentary Sources. An authority file exists for this corporate body.

See also the archive of the Original Society of Papermakers in the Centre at MSS.39/SO/O .

Custodial History

The records of the Amalgamated Society of Papermakers were deposited at the Modern Records Centre in 1994 together with the papers of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades and its other predecessor unions. They form part of the large Graphical, Paper and Media Union collection (MSS.39) of printing trade union records.