The Rugby Constituency Labour Party

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The records of the Rugby Constituency Labour Party and its predecessors include Organisation Committee minutes, 1946-49; Annual General Meeting minutes and reports, 1949-53, 1956-57, 1959, 1963-65, 1970; General Management Committee minutes, some with reports and agenda, 1949-60, 1961-6, 1969-70; Executive Committee minutes, 1953-57, 1958-60, 1962-5, 1969-70; Social Sub-Committee minutes, 1960-63; Account books, 1950-2, 1962-70; Balance sheets, 1935, 1950-71 (incomplete); Subject files including : selection of Parliamentary candidates, 1962, 1965, general election 1964; local government elections and candidates, 1960-62, 1965-66, Young Socialists, 1963-5, social functions, 1961-63; General correspondence, 1959-63. Women's Section register, 1925-37.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rugby Divisional Labour Party which was operating in the 1920s became Rugby County Constituency Labour Party briefly in the 1950s and then Rugby Constituency Labour Party. The Constituency was responsible for the selection of parliamentary and local election candidates and the organisation of campaigns.


Most of the files have been retained in the order in which they were received, a small number have been rearranged.

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 October 1973.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A catalogue is available to file level (with some item-level descriptions) 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 Rugby Constituency Labour Party (GB 152 AAR1943) and the Labour Party (GB 152 AAR1674).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

No appraisal, destruction or scheduling has taken place.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the papers of other local branches of the Labour Party in the Midlands area. For further details see Selly Oak Constituency Labour Party (MSS.1), West Midlands Region of the Labour Party (MSS.6), Coventry North Constituency Labour Party (MSS.7), Handsworth Constituency Labour Party (MSS.8), East Midlands Region of the Labour Party (MSS.9), Coventry East Divisional Labour Party (MSS.85), Bexley Divisional Labour Party (MSS.94), and Warwick and Leamington Labour Party (MSS.133).

The records of the national Labour Party are held at the Labour History Archive and Study Centre in Manchester.