Papers of Arthur Willitt (b.1910), Post Office engineering trade unionist

Scope and Content

This collection cointains: records concerning various Post Office trade unions and consultative bodies.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Harvey Willitt was born in 1910 and began work for the Post Office when he left school. Following service with the Post Office Engineering Union, including a year on the National Executive Council, he attended his first conference of the Society of Post Office Engineering Inspectors (SPOEI) in 1939 when he was elected to the Executive Council (EC). He served continously on the EC of the SPOEI and its successors until he retired in 1975. He was also the President of the Society from 1946-1975. He served in the Post Office Engineering Departmental Whitley Council, 1937-8 and 1946-75. In recognition of his long years of service to the Union, the Society of Telecommunication Engineers (a successor to SPOE) named their Middlesex headquarters Arthur Willitt House.

Reference: Richard Storey and Janet Druker, Guide to the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick Library( 1977), pp. 58-59.

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 by Arthur Willitt in 1975. There have been five additional deposits, the last in 1985.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

There are restrictions on the use of this archive. Publications based on material later than 1950 require written consent from the Union.

Appraisal Information

No appraisal, destruction or scheduling has taken place.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds other papers from the Society of Post Office Executives, 1920-75 (MSS.124).