Fawcett Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1890-1918 (incomplete), and other records, 1890-1919 (MSS.148/FA); eastern branch minutes, 1894-1903 (MSS.225).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association, named after Henry Fawcett (Postmaster-General, 1880-4), was a union of postal sorting clerks and was established in 1890. The Women Sorters' Association and the Postal Bagmen's Association affiliated in 1908. In 1919 it was one of the unions which amalgamated to form the Union of Post Office Workers.

Reference:; Alan Clinton, Post Office Workers : a trade union and social history.London, 1984.

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Archivist's Note

The archive has been given the classification MSS.148 together with a unique suffix to indicate that it is a constituent part of the papers of the Union of Communication Workers (now itself part of the Communication Workers' Union). Minutes of the Fawcett Association's eastern branch are located at (MSS.225) . There are also several related deposits at the Modern Records Centre and these are listed under the entry for the Union of Communication Workers (MSS.148/UCW) .

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR1082).

Custodial History

The Fawcett Association's papers form part of the archive of the Union of Communication Workers. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made on the 17th February 1977 and accruals are listed under the entry for the Union of Communication Workers (MSS.148/UCW) .

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