General Union of Associations of Loom Overlookers

Scope and Content

Series 1 - Almanacks and handbooks, 1891-1982

Series 2 - Minutes of general meetings, Executive Committee meetings and Annual General Meetings, 1929-1998

Series 3 - Accounts, correspondence, member's card and agreements on wages and conditions

Series 4 - Preston and district minute books

Administrative / Biographical History

The General union of Associations of Loom Overlookers is the federal organisation for cotton industry overlookers. It was formed on 17 May 1885 and was made up of several loom overlookers associations.

Arthur Marsh, Victoria Ryan and John B. Smethurst, Historical Directory of Trade Unions, Scolar Press (Aldershot, Hants) 1994, pages 157-8

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