Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (formerly the Railway Clerks' Association)

Scope and Content

This addition to the archive of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association includes minutes of the Finance Sub-committee, 1916-76; conference minutes, 1951-74; financial and staff records, 1897-1965; minutes and financial records of the Gray's Inn Press, 1909-76; Transport Salaried Staff Journal, 1951- (incomplete); annual reports, 1952-74; correspondence files, 1911-62, including re recognition of the union, 1919; national agreements, 1920-7.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association was founded as the National Association of General Railway Clerks at a meeting in Sheffield in May 1897. Two years later, the union became the Railway Clerks' Association (RCA). By 1904, the union comprised over four thousand members out of a potential total of 60,000 railway clerical members. The Gray's Inn Press was founded by the union in 1909 to produce the union's publications. The threat of strike action in 1919 forced the railway companies to recognise the RCA, which changed its name in 1951 to the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association.

Reference: Malcolm Wallace, Single or return? The history of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (1996, London)

Access Information

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

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Custodial History

Deposits were made by the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) in April and October 1998 from the union's headquarters in London. The deposit has been supplemented by copies of union publications formerly held in the University Library, ref. 41/TC/197C. A collection-level description of the whole archive is available:" linktype="simple">MSS.55


1998 April, Oct; 1999 Feb additions to existing series of minutes, journals: new correspondence files, financial records, publications