Association of Women Clerks and Secretaries (AWCS)

Scope and Content

  • Annual reports, 1903-1939
  • Executive Committee minutes, 1903-1941
  • Rule books
  • other papers including newsletters, newspaper cuttings, leaflets, notices, annual returns and branch notices

Administrative / Biographical History

Historical Directory of Trade Unions, vol 1 pg 46 In Apr 1903 the Association of Shorthand Writers and Typists was formed. This union was for both sexes. In 1912 the Association changed its name to the Association of Women Clerks and Secretaries (AWCS) and reflecting that the majority of members were women. In 1941 it amalgamated with the National Union of Clerks and Administrative Workers to become the Clerical and Administrative Workers' Union.


Arranged in series as follows: Annual reports; Committee minutes; Rule books; Other papers.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

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Archivist's Note

Catalogued as part of the HLF project 'The past meets the present'

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