Commonwealth Industries Association, earlier the Empire Industries Association (1925-1958) and the Commonwealth and Empire Industries Association (1958-1960), and associated bodies

Scope and Content

Annual General Meeting and Council Minutes 1926-76; executive Committee Minutes, 1925-67; minutes of Financial and other Committee meetings, 1926-1970. Register of Members, 1967-75. Financial records including balance sheets, 1945-76, account books, 1951-77. Annual reports, 1927-65. Directors reports, 1967-75. 'Bulletin', 1941-70. Official and legal documents. Chamberlain Club minutes and membership lists,and annual dinner attendance book 1932-69. Chamberlain Centenary Committee minutes, 1936-48. Empire Development and Settlement Research Committee minutes, 1933-6, including sub-committee's minutes.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association was founded in 1925 by followers of Joseph Chamberlain. It continued the work of the Tariff Reform League, which ceased to function just after World War I, in promoting the trade system of Protection and Imperial Preference. In 1947 the Association partly amalgamated with the British Empire League and from 1948 the two bodies held joint AGMs. In 1958 its name was changed to the Commonwealth and Empire Industries Association, which became the Commonwealth Industries Association in 1960. It was wound up in 1976.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in January 1981.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

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


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Correspondence and papers of WAS Hewins (Empire Industries Association) 1925-26, Sheffield University Library.