Amalgamated Association of Operative Cotton Spinners

Scope and Content

Annual reports 1880, 1883-1968; quarterly reports 1887-1904, 1912-1969, 1975-1976; reports of related organisations, 1933, 1959, 1961.

[NB: This collection comprises two sets of AACS/AAOCS volumes - the first of annual reports only (MSS.467/4/1) donated by the library and a set of quarterly and annual reports (MSS.467/4/2) from the John Rylands library; there is some overlap between the series]

Administrative / Biographical History

The Amalgamated Association of Cotton Spinners, etc. of Lancashire and Adjoining Counties was flourishing in 1883 and adopted the title of Amalgamated Association of Operative Cotton Spinners and Twiners in 1915. It was a federation of independent local societies, each having rules of its own, with full power over its funds and benefits.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

These publications came to the Centre via J. Hodgson, John Rylands Library, Manchester (May 2006) except for the three volumes of annual reports 1883-1912 (MSS.467/4/1) which were transferred from the University Library (Old ref: 41T).

Other Finding Aids


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Papers of the Amalgamated Association of Operative Cotton Spinners and Twiners, 1878-1977 are located at Manchester University: John Rylands Library and papers for 1874-1912 are located at Manchester Archives and Local Studies. Other papers relating to the cotton textile industry are located in the Modern Records Centre in the papers of the Transport and General Workers Union (MSS.126/TG). See also MSS.466, MSS.474, MSS.475 and MSS.477.