Papers of the Amalgamated Society of Tailors and Tailoresses.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1880-1881, 1885-1899, 1901-1912 [indexed]; quarterly reports, 1880-1881, 1893-1897; and conference of deputies reports, 1897-1904.

Administrative / Biographical History

Formed in Manchester in 1866 as the Amalgamated Society of Tailors, the union became the Amalgamated Society of Tailors and Tailoresses in 1906. It absorbed a number of local societies of tailors before merging with the Tailors and Garment Workers' Union in 1932 to form the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers.

Reference: 1964

Reference: Margaret Stewart and Leslie Hunter, The needle is threaded. The history of an industry. (1964 ).

Arrangement

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The Amalgamated Society of Tailors and Tailoresses' papers form part of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union archive. The initial deposit related to this archive was made in 1978 and accruals are listed under the entry for the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union (MSS.192/GMB).

Other Finding Aids

The archive is unlisted. Authority records exist for the Amalgamated Society of Tailors and Tailoresses (GB 152 AAR0831), the Amalgamated Society of Tailors (GB 152 AAR0832) and the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers (GB 152 AAR0826).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The main archives of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union, including the boilermakers' section, remain with the union at its national college. However, some records been transferred to the Working Class Movement Library, Salford. See the Working Class Movement Library, Bulletin, No. 2 (1992), pp. 67-92, for a description of these records. Some records of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers are also held in the London Archive, Department of Politics, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London. The records of numerous textile unions are in the Lancashire Record Office. Other material, including some Blacksmiths' Society records, is held by the Centre.