Iron and Steel Trades Employers' Association (ISTEA) and predecessors

Scope and Content

This collection contains: rules and correspondence and papers concerning the ISTEA constitution, 1922-1951; signed minutes of general council and standing committee (indexed), 1922-1967; signed minutes of finance committee, 1938-1968; 'complete stencils' (numbered copies of meeting minutes and papers, secretary's circulars and other documents), 1923-1969; records of working party on promotion of more effective use of craftsmen and other maintenance workers, 1966-1967; annual accounts, 1924-1967; production tonnage returns from member firms, 1924-1967; minutes of joint committees and related agreements with trade unions (including agreements involving ISTEA's predecessor bodies and a few records added to existing series by the British Steel Corporation, (1915)-1972; Industrial Court awards and arbitration proceedings, c1915-1957; proceedings of joint conferences with representatives of particular trade unions, 1918-1936; directories of member firms, office bearers and committees, 1925-1962; rules, trust deeds and handbooks of pension and life assurance schemes of member firms and related employers, c1920-1960s; minutes of regional divisional councils, 1922-1968; records of Blast Furnace and Coke Oven Section, 1936-1959.

Administrative / Biographical History

ISTEA was formed by the amalgamation in 1922 of the Steel Ingot Makers' Association, the North of England Iron and Steel Manufacturers' Association, the Scottish Steel Makers' Wages Association and the Midland Steel Rolling Mill Employers' Association. The intention of this merger was to remove overlapping of activity, improve co-ordination, and present a united front to labour organisations. ISTEA was dissolved in 1968.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

These records were deposited by British Steel plc in November 1995.

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

This deposit also included separate records of the predecessors of the Iron and Steel Trades Employers' Association and related bodies.