Women's Trade Union League

Scope and Content

Records of the Women's Trade Union League, 1875-1921 comprising: Annual Report (printed) 1875-1921; Minutes 1904-1908, 1911-1921; Correspondence on merger with Trades Union Congress, 1921; Women's Trades Union review (Quarterly Journal of WTUL), 1891-1919.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Women's Trade Union League was established by Mrs Patterson in 1874. By the 1890s ten London Unions, and over thirty provincial unions were affiliated from Bookbinding, Shirt and Collar Making, Tailoring, Dressmaking and Milinery, Cigar Making Match and Matchbox Making, Ropemaking, Weaving, Laundry, Boot and Shoe Making, Silk Working, Upholstery, Lace Making, Pottery, Paper Making and Shop Working. The League was absorbed into the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in 1921.

Access Information

Open to bona fide researchers by appointment, at the discretion of the TUC Librarian.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the TUC Library, 1928.

Other Finding Aids

Fonds level description only.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Used with the kind permission of the AIM25 project. Amended by Genesis Project Officer, June 2002. Submitted to the Archives Hub in 2008 as part of the Genesis 2008 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying is permitted within the terms of copyright legislation, although copying of some items including fragile material is at the discretion of the librarian.

Related Material

The Library also holds the papers of Gertrude Tuckwell, Secretary of the Women's Trade Union League.