The papers of the Asylum Workers' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

File of photocopies and notes, with original recruiting handbill.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Asylum Workers' Association was founded in 1895 "to promote the interests and welfare of Asylum Nurses and Attendants, and of others engaged in nursing the insane, and thereby improve their professional status in the nursing world". It still existed in 1918. The AWA was ousted by NAWU.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see 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

This collection was deposited in the Centre in 1985 by Dr Mick Carpenter. It forms part of the material collected by him for his history of COHSE, All for OneBanstead, COHSE, 1980

Other Finding Aids

The archive has been catalogued. An electronic version of the finding aid is available at

An authority record exists for the Asylum Workers' Association (GB 152 AAR1177).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

The collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds the archives of COHSE and the Hospitals and Welfare Services Union (MSS.229).