Periodical Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Bound paper periodicals.

Administrative / Biographical History

The periodicals of the co-operative movement contain information on the development of co-operative ideas with in the labour movement. Many of them are an invaluable research tool providing articles on subjects as varied as interior design to the plight of child labourers. The periodicals are national and international, in subject and publishing.

The collection also includes a complete run of The Co-operative News, the newspaper of the co-operative movement. This publication contains articles on current affairs, developments in the co-operative movement (both national and international) and events within societies. Other titles reflect the wealth of research on the co-operative movement, such as the still published Journal for Co-operative Studies.

The wider labour movement and the development thereof is covered in titles such as The Clarion. Also included in the collection are titles published by prominant individuals in the labour and co-operative movement, such as Robert Owen's Journal. Through these one can see what issues concerned indivduals and their inner circle. Groups associated with the co-operative and labour movements were also prolific publishers for example, the Christian Socialist's published journals covering a wide range of topics.

The publications high light issues and debates that were of import at the time of publication and aid the researcher to see trends and developments.



Conditions Governing Access

Co-operative Archive Co-operative College Holyoake House Hanover Street Manchester M60 0AS

Open, although some items are delicate and therefore access may be restricted on preservation grounds.

The Archive is open by appointment Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

Telephone, 0161 246 2925 Fax, 0161 246 2946 Email,

Other Finding Aids

Alphabetical listing:Arranged in Alphabetical Order of Title

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Printed paper.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Karyn Stuckey, National Co-operative Archive Assistant Archivist, 14 Feb 2007.

Conditions Governing Use

The National Co-operative Archive retains the right to refuse photocopying for preservation reasons. However, where this is not possible we are able to digitise or scan (as appropriate). We also allow self-service non-flash photography.

Custodial History

Co-operative societies had a very important education function and many collected books and had libraries. In addition, some Societies such as Manchester and Salford printed their own journals. These provide a snap shot on the life of a the Society. The National Co-operative Archive has acquired the periodicals from Society libraries, the library of the Co-operative College and the library of the Co-operative Union. The periodicals have been listed by title in alphebetical order and then the dates of the editions held. It is envisigaged that a description of the type of information a reader could expect to find in each periodical will be added.