Papers of the National Union of Bank Employees

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various series of minutes, 1919-74; reports of annual meetings, 1919-73 (incomplete); cash books and other financial records, 1922-61; extensive correspondence files, 1919-72; some local and sectional records, 1917-70, including Colwyn Bay Branch cash book and papers, 1950s.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1918 the Bank Officers' Guild was formed to represent managerial and clerical staff in all banks in England and Wales. In 1919 the Scottish Bankers' Association was formed in Scotland. In 1946 the two bodies amalgamated and adopted the joint title of the National Union of Bank Employees. In 1979 the union renamed itself the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions Vol.1 (Gower, 1980).


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 first deposit was made by the National Union of Bank Employees in August 1974. Further deposits were made in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1985, 1988 and 1990.

Other Finding Aids

The initial deposits were catalogued by Janet Druker in January 1976. A copy of this catalogue 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. A box list is available in the Centre's searchroom for the remainder of the collection.

Authority records exist for National Union of Bank Employees (GB 0152 AAR1183), its predecessors the Scottish Bankers' Association (GB 152 AAR1184) and the Bank Officers' Guild (GB 152 AAR1185), and its successor the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union (GB 152 AAR1182).

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

The Centre also holds the papers of the Clearing Bank Union and its predecessors (MSS.283) and the Inter-Banks Organisation and Methods Association (MSS.394).

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