Papers of the Civil Service Clerical Union

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Admiralty and Outports Clerical Federation: London (Admiralty) Branch minutes, 1913-1918;

Administrative / Biographical History

The Civil Service Clerical Union was established in 1906 as the Admiralty and Outports Clerical Federation, which catered for clerks employed in the Naval Dockyards. The Federation had recruited more than 95 percent of its potential membership by 1913 and in 1918 it changed its name to the Civil Service Clerical Union and opened up membership to include all clerical grades. The Union affiliated to the Civil Service Federation and the Labour Party soon after its name change and by 1921 had 12,864 fully-paid members in 60 branches. The Union merged with the Clerical Officers'Association in 1921 to become the Civil Service Clerical Association.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions Volume 1 Non-Manual Unions (England 1988).


This archive was received as part of a deposit by the Public and Commercial Services Union which was given the manuscript number MSS.415. Within the deposit the archives of each of the individual trade unions have been indicated by letters following the slash. Thus MSS.415/CSCU represents the Civil Service Clerical Union. 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

The archive was deposited by the Public and Commercial Services Union in September 2000.

Other Finding Aids

A box list for MSS.415 is available in the Centre's searchroom. A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources

Authority records exist for Admiralty and Outports Clerical Federation (GB 152 AAR0763) and Civil Service Clerical Union (GB 152 AAR0762).

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.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the archives of the Public and Commercial Services Union and many of its other predecessors (MSS.415).