National Union of Bookbinders and Machine Rulers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Bookbinders' Consolidated Union : reports, 1848-72; journals, 1904-11.

Bookbinders and Machine Rulers' Consolidated Union : reports, 1872-1911; journals, 1904-11.

National Union of Bookbinders and Machine Rulers : minutes, 1919-25; membership register, 1917-19; reports, 1911-14; journals, 1911-13.

London Bookbinders' Sick Benefit Society : annual reports, 1910-54; rule books, 1910-30; leaflets and notices, 1911-49.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Bookbinders and Machine Rulers had its origins in local societies that came together in 1835 as the Bookbinders' Consolidated Relief Fund for the relief of tramping. This developed into the Bookbinders' Consolidated Union with a network of branches throughout the United Kingdom. London maintained its own societies despite the Bookbinders' Consolidated Union establishing a branch there in 1857. In order to reflect changes in the membership, the title of the union was changed in 1872 to the Bookbinders and Machine Rulers' Consolidated Union. From the turn of the century co-operation between the London societies and the Bookbinders and Machine Rulers' Consolidated Union increased, leading to amalgamation and the National Union of Bookbinders and Machine Rulers in January 1911, modelled on the Bookbinders and Machine Rulers' Consolidated Union. The National Union of Bookbinders and Machine Rulers continued until January 1921 when it joined with the National Union of Printing and Paper Workers to form the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding, Machine Ruling and Paper Workers.

Reference: C.J. Bundock, The Story of the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers.Oxford, 1959

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

They form part of the archive of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades and predecessors. An authority file exists for this corporate body.

Custodial History

The records of the National Union of Bookbinders and Machine Rulers and predecessors were deposited along with those of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades on the 12th August 1994.