Postal and Telegraph Clerks' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1891-1919 (incomplete); other records, 1882-90; Liverpool branch minutes, 1902-20; Sheffield branch minutes, 1914-20 (MSS.148/PT). Booklets, 1898-1903 (MSS.225).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association was established in 1881 as an organisation of provincial telegraph clerks. London telegraphers joined in 1889. It merged with the United Kingdom Postal Clerks' Association in 1914 to form the Postal and Telegraph Clerks' Association. In 1919 it was one of the unions which amalgamated to form the Union of Post Office Workers..

Reference:; Alan Clinton, Post Office Workers : a trade union and social history.London, 1984.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been given the classification MSS.148 together with a unique suffix to indicate that it is a constituent part of the papers of the Union of Communication Workers (now itself part of the Communication Workers' Union). Some of the union's records are located at (MSS.225) . There are also several related deposits at the Modern Records Centre and these are listed under the entry for the Union of Communication Workers (MSS.148/UCW) .

An authority file exists for the Postal and Telegraph Clerks' Association (GBR 0152 AAR1079) and its predecessor, the Postal Telegraph Clerks' Association (GBR 0152 AAR1081).

Custodial History

The Postal and Telegraph Clerks' Association's papers form part of the archive of the Union of Communication Workers. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made on the 17th February 1977 and accruals are listed under the entry for the Union of Communication Workers (MSS.148/UCW).