Silk Workers' Unions

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minute books of the Amalgamated Society of Silk Pickers, Amalgamated Society of Silk and Cotton Dyers, Amalgamated Society of Braid Workers and Kindred Trades, Amalgamated Society of Women Workers, Amalgamated Society of Spinners, Throwers and Reelers, Associated Trimming Weavers Society of Leek and District and Leek Textile Federation.

Records of the Amalgamated Society of Textile Workers and Kindred Trades including annual reports, minutes and correspondence, rules, circulars, agreements, other papers and branch records.

Records of the National Silk Workers and Textile Trades Federation including annual reports, minute books and Executive Council papers.

Records of the Joint Industrial Council for the Silk Industry including reports, minutes and other papers

Papers from other organisations related to the silk industry

Administrative / Biographical History

The Amalgamated Society of Textile Workers and Kindred Trades was formed in 1919 as a successor to the Leek Textile Federation. It was formed from six local organisations: the Amalgamated Society of Silk Pickers, the Amalgamated Society of Braid Workers and Kindred Trades, the Amalgamated Society of Silk and Cotton Dyers, the Amalgamated Society of Women Workers, the Amalgamated Society of Silk, Spinners, Throwsters and Reelers and Leek Spun Silk Dressers Union. In 1992 it changed to the Union of Textile Workers and in 2002 it merged with Amicus. In 2007 Amicus amalgamated with the Transport and General Workers Union to form Unite.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

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Other Finding Aids

The full catalogue is available online on the Working Class Movement Library's Web Site - www.wcml.org.uk

[N.B. to access descriptions of individual files and items, click on the magnifying glass by 'context contains' at the bottom of the catalogue page.]

Archivist's Note

These records were organised and listed by John Percy. Amended and catalogued by Kate Hart, Dec 2008, as part of 'The past meets the present', HLF project. Description compiled by Kate Hart, Mar 2010.