Few records have survived, including papers kept by chance and found within later correspondence. They include : minutes, 1799 and 1803; reports, 1853 and 1897.
Original Society of Papermakers
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 152 MSS.39/SO/O
- Dates of Creation1799-1982
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description[ not recorded ]
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Most probably arising from wage disputes at the end of the C18th, the Original Society of Papermakers was founded in 1800 as the trade union for workers in the hand-made paper business. Early factional disputes and trade pride prevented the OSP from expanding into machine-based mills. Consequently membership dwindled to just 83 by 1947 when the Executive Council sought a merger with the NUPBPW which was achieved in 1948.
Reference: C.J. Bundock, The Story of the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers.Oxford, 1959
Conditions Governing Access
Access : Open
This catalogue of the OSP Archive is also available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives and on the National Inventory of Documentary Sources. An authority file exists for this corporate body. See also the archive of the Amalgamated Society of Papermakers in the Centre at MSS.39/SO/A .