Papers of the Association of Writing Assistants

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minute book, 1916-1920.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of Writing Assistants was formed during the First World War and initially consisted entirely of women Post Office servants. In 1919 Writing Assistants employed in the Board of Health were also admitted and in 1920, the Association amalgamated with the Civil Service Clerical Association.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions Volume 1 Non-Manual Unions (England 1988).

Arrangement

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/AWA represents the Association of Writing Assistants. The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. 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 records exist for the Association of Writing Assistants (GB 152 AAR1690) and the Civil Service Clerical Association (GB 152 AAR0766)

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.

Accruals

Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

For additional archives of the Civil and Public Services Association, formerly the Civil Service Clerical Association see (MSS.48) and (MSS.415/CPSA). The Centre also holds the archives of the Public and Commercial Services Union and many of its other predecessors (MSS.415).