National Amalgamated Furnishing Trades Association

Scope and Content

Series 1: annual reports 1902-1939 and monthly reports, 1905-1940

Series 2: Executive Committee minute books, 1902-1940

Series 3: rule books, 1904-1945

Series 4: national labour agreements, 1944-1946

Series 5: other papers including correspondence, out of work book, cash book, Kinsleigh Convalescent Home and instrument of transfer between the General Union of Bedding Trade Workers and the National Amalgamated Furnishing Trades' Association.

Series 6: branch records including Belfast branch, Birmingham and district, Bristol and the South West, Cheltenham branch, East Midlands Counties, Glasgow and district, High Wycombe and district, Hull district, London district, Manchester and the North West, Northern Ireland, Sheffield district, Sunderland and Yorkshire.

See also TU/FURNC/1/A/1 - National Union of Furniture Trade Operatives: annual reports, 1940-1952, TU/FURNC/1/B/1-2 National Amalgamated Furnishing Trades Association: bulletin and monthly report, 1946-1948

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Amalgamated Furnishing Trades' Association was formed in 1902 by an amalgamation of the Alliance Cabinet Makers Association and the United Operative Cabinet and Chairmakers Society of Scotland. In 1911 the Amalgamated Society of Gilders (1809) and Amalgamated Society of French Polishers (1894) joined. In 1947 the union amalgamated with the Amalgamated Union of Upholsterers to form the National Union of Furniture Trade Operatives (NUFTO).

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Archivist's Note

These records were catalogued by Kate Hart, Jun 2009, as part of the 'The past meets the present', HLF project. Description compiled by Kate Hart, Jan 2010.

Related Material

Other records are available at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick:

National Amalgamated Furnishing Trades' Association (GB 0152 MSS.192/FT/A) 1902-1947 - Annual reports, 1902-45 (incomplete); monthly reports, bulletins, 1915-47 (incomplete)