National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks

Scope and Content

This collection includes: rules; annual reports and balance sheets; Coventry branch records.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks was originally called the National Union of Shop Assistants. Formed at a meeting held between the East London Shop Assistants Association and the Warehouse Assistant's Union in 1891 the Union affiliated to the Trades Union Congress shortly after formation. By 1914 the membership had grown to 81250. A number of smaller organisations transferred their engagements to the Union over the following years including the National Association of Grocer's Assistants (1920) and the Dental Assistant's Association (1921). In 1947 the Union amalgamated with the National Union of Distributive and Allied Workers to form the Union of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers with a membership of 374000.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions Volume 3( Gower; 1984).

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

The letter of 1907 formed part of the deposits mainly made by the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Engineering Section) over the period 1984-1997 (MSS.259).

The records of the Coventry branch (MSS.117) were deposited in the Centre on indefinite loan in 1975 by W.P. Thomson, through the good offices of George Hodgkinson. MSS.490 was transferred from the University Library.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.