Empire Industries Association

Archive Collection

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.

Various committees and clubs operated within the Empire Industries Association. The Chamberlain Club met annually for a celebratory dinner on Joseph Chamberlain's birthday. It was founded in 1932 with 30 members, one for each year since Chamberlain established his imperial policy in 1902, and one new member was added annually.

The Chamberlain Centenary Committee was founded in 1936 to commemorate Joseph Chamberlain and support campaigns for imperial unity. The Committee was wound up in 1948 and its funds transferred to the Empire Industries Association and the British Empire League.

The Empire Development and Settlement Research Committee was established in the 1930s to encourage British emigration and settlement within the Empire.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in January 1981

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level and a detailed finding aid for the documentation is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's. National Inventory of Documentary Sources..

Authority records exist for Empire Industries Association (GB 152 AAR 1960, Chamberlain Centenary Committee (GB 152 AAR 1962), Chamberlain Club (GB 152 AAR 1961), Empire Development and Settlement Research Committee (GB 0152 AAR 1963)

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,