Papers of the Civil and Public Services Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Civil and Public Services Association

National executive committee minutes and papers, 1970-1996; Civil Service executive minutes and papers, 1974-1984, Organisation and education committee minutes, 1976-1978; circulars, 1970-1995; annual reports 1987-1993; financial reports and statement of accounts 1986-1995; conference papers 1970-1997; Department of Trade and Industry section annual reports and statements of accounts, 1983-1991; constitution and rules, 1975-1992; pay scales and pay campaigns 1920-1991, miscellaneous information on history, procedure, membership figures etc; From Humble Petition to Militant Action - A History of the Civil and Public Services Association 1903-1978 by Eric Wigham, 1980; miscellaneous publications 1970s - 1990s;

Civil Service Clerical Association

Executive committee minutes, 1919-1936; Executive committee and sub-committee minutes, 1922-1939, National executive committee and sub-committee minutes and papers 1947-1969; Education committee minutes 1938-1960; Finance committee minutes, 1948-1961; Finance and organisation committee minutes and papers, 1922-1960; General purposes committee minutes and papers, 1923-1960; Women's grade committees minutes, 1921-1925; Youth advisory committee minutes and papers, 1936-1952; Standing joint committee on education and training minutes, 1960-1965; various sub-committee minutes and papers, 1937-1959 and 1962-1963; Admiralty Branch minutes and papers 1921-1955; Air Ministry Section executive committee minutes, 1952-1964; Post Office Savings Bank Branch various committee minutes 1925- 1944; Royal Artillery record and Pay Office Branch minutes, 1957-1967; War Departments Section executive committee minutes, 1951-1969.

Circulars of various types, 1919-1969, annual reports, 1918-1966; annual reports sections and groups, 1927-1968, section annual reports and papers, 1928-1953 and 1960-1990; conference agendas and reports, 1921-1933, annual conference papers, 1925-1969; annual conference verbatim reports 1927-1929 and 1959-1983; special conference papers, 1937-1987; accounts, receipts and expenditure, 1942-1962; miscellaneous subject files, 1920-1978; pay related subject files, 1944-1989; conference related subject files, 1929-1982; Joint review of civil service superannuation scheme files, 1955-1975; rules and constitution, 1935-1992; The Civilian War Office Outstations Section news bulletins, 1942-1969, Admiralty Section News, 1947-1969; Supply News (Supply Section Journal), 1941-1959; The Civil Service Compendium, 1922-1952, miscellaneous publications 1920s-1960s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The CPSA was originally called the Civil Service Clerical Association, and was formed in 1921 after the amalgamation of the Civil Service Clerical Union and the Clerical Officers Association. Initially, the CSCA was formed to promote the interests of both permanent and temporary Civil Service staff. This was the first organisation under which such a move was made. At this time, the union had a membership of over 16,000. The CSCA was affiliated with the TUC and the Labour Party until 1927, when under the terms of the Trade Disputes Act, government employees were forced to disaffiliate. It re-affiliated with the TUC in 1946. In 1969 it adopted its current title. In 1973 the Ministry of Labour Staff Association amalgamated with the CPSA and in January 1974 the CPSA absorbed the Court Officer's Association, which became the Court Officers'Section. In March 1998 the CPSA amalgamated with the Public Services, Tax and Commerce Union to form the Public and Commercial Services Union.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade 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/CPSA represents the Civil and Public Services 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 record exists for Civil and Public Services Association (GB 152 AAR0767), Civil Service Clerical Association (GB 152 AAR0766) and Public and Commercial Services Union (GB 152 AAR1688).

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 expected.

Related Material

For additional archives of the Civil and Public Services Association see (MSS.48) and (MSS.22) The Centre also holds the archives of the Public and Commercial Services Union and many of its other predecessors (MSS.415).