Papers of David and Tamar Edwards

Scope and Content

Papers of Mr David Edwards from his work as a Rootes AEU shop steward: shop stewards' minutes, 1964-86; joint shop stewards' minutes, 1960-84; papers re pay and productivity, etc., 1968-84; Humber Joint Production Consultative and Advisory Committee minutes, 1949; Chrysler Combine minutes, 1976-8 (incomplete); various joint Chrysler / shop steward committee minutes, 1976-9; minutes of meetings re Stoke Plant Pay and Productivity Agreement, 1971; minutes of meetings with European trades unionists, 1979-80; subject files incl. pay and productivity, participation; agreements, 1967-87.

Papers of Mrs Tamar Edwards as a TGWU shop steward at Massey Ferguson: minutes and case files for Massey Ferguson, joint meetings of trade union representatives.

Administrative / Biographical History

The records reflect two changes of ownership and management style, a period of severe industrial relations problems, made more difficult by external economic and trading conditions, and the closure of the Linwood plant, 1981.

Reference: S. Young & N. Hood, Chrysler UK. A corporation in transition. New York, 1977; J. Wood, Wheels of misfortune. The rise and fall of the British motor industry. London, 1988; J. Bullock, The Rootes brothers : story of a motoring empire. 1993.

Access Information

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

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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.

Custodial History

David Edwards, TGWU convenor and Coventry city councillor, deposited these papers in May 1992.

Papers of Mrs Tamar Edwards as a TGWU shop steward at Massey Ferguson were deposited in March 2004.


Further deposits are expected. Additional records deposited Feb. 2012.

Related Material

Coventry City Record Office has a significant deposit of Rootes records (Acc. 1690). The Museum of British Road Transport, Coventry holds Rootes Group commercial and technical material.