Huddersfield Labour Party Archive

Scope and Content

Records created by the Huddersfield Labour Party in the course of its activities in promoting the support and election of Labour Party candidates for local and parliamentary elections in the Huddersfield area.

The collection includes the core administrative records of meeting minutes, annual reports, constitution and rules records, financial accounts, membership records, marketing records, correspondence and working papers. There is also a significant amount of material that relates specifically to the Party's work and activities while contesting elections (particularly General Elections) in the Huddersfield area.

There are also significant sections of records that relate to the Huddersfield Labour Party's business with Kirklees Labour Group and Kirklees Metropolitan Council.

Access Information

Original available for consultation by appointment

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Mostly manuscript and printed paper-based records. There are some photographs and a very small number of VHS video tapes.

Archivist's Note

During a full stock check and renumbering of the collection in spring 2017 the following items were identified as missing from the original catalogue:

HLP1/20 1987-1988 Huddersfield Labour Party Executive Committee minute book

HLP1/48 1956-1971 Huddersfield Labour Party Vetting Committee minutes HLP 22

HLP3/1 1910-1933 General Elections: Electoral Addresses .

HLP3/3 1933-1975 General Elections: Accounts Ledger for General Elections & Dalton Ward HLP17

HLP3/5 1966-1970 General Elections: Meetings  of the Election Committee. HLP 22

HLP3/24 1990 Local Elections: Ballot papers for Colne Valley Council Elections

HLP3/25 1990s Local Elections: Electoral & Financial Documentation HLP 07 

HLP6/25 1974 Finance: Kirkburton receipts. HLP 11 

HLP6/26 Lindley account book, 1906-1976

HLP8/10 1984 Annual Conference. HLP 14

HLP8/20 1986-1987 Details of the Labour Party and CND HLP 24

HLP8/37 1970s Huddersfield Labour Party/Young Socialists, General Correspondence HLP 22

HLP8/42 1984-1985 Kirkburton District Labour Party  HLP 24

HLP8/43 1984-1988 Labour Party Yorkshire Regional Council, Correspondence HLP 24

HLP8/44 Aug 1984-Apr 1994 Kirklees Labour Group HLP 08

HLP8/52 1986-1987 Militant Tendency. HLP 24 

HLP8/54 1986-1988 Huddersfield Council of Labour Correspondence HLP 24

HLP8/56 1987 Kirklees Labour Group Executive. HLP 23

HLP9/13 1929 Leaflets & pamphlets: Rules of The Workers’ Northern Publishing Society Limited . HLP 27

HLP9/16 1950 Leaflets & pamphlets: Labour Party Pamphlet on Local Elections . HLP 14

HLP9/17 1950s-1960s Leaflets & pamphlets: County Borough of Huddersfield, Leaflets . HLP 21

HLP10/2 nd Photos of Labour Party Member’s of Parliaments (HLP 11 )

HLP10/5 nd List of Publications in Microform . (HLP 17)

HLP10/17 1966-1970 Minutes of Election sub-committee and Joint Election Committee (HLP 22)

HLP10/17 1960s-1970s Branch Letters. (HLP 22)

HLP10/36 1984-1987 European Election Details. (HLP 24)

HLP10/45 1986 Co-op letter + Message from B Sheerman

HLP10/57 1986-1988 Huddersfield Constituency Labour Party documents

HLP13/14 1993 Topics for scrutiny Commissions

Conditions Governing Use

HLP will own the copyright in the items it created. There will be many various copyright owners in the records that they collected.

Appraisal Information

The following items were removed from the collection and confidentially destroyed in Feb 2017 because of the lack of continuing value of the records:

HLP14/5 - Sports directory pamphlets. This item was actually a group of five 1990s Kirklees Council service booklets.

Custodial History

The majority of the collection was acquired by Huddersfield Polytechnic Library in the 1960s. Since then there have been additional deposits of material in the 1984 and 1987, the 1990s and 2000s.