Papers of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers and predecessors

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

NEC minutes, 1960-83 (incomplete); biennial and other conference reports, 1933-83 (incomplete); reports, 1961-83 (incomplete); Monthly/Quarterly Journal, 1921-43; Fusion, 1947-69 (incomplete); district and branch minutes.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers was formed in July 1920 by an amalgamation of a large number of local societies which had previously been associated in a looser federal structure in the National Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers. In July 1959 it merged with the National Society of Coppersmiths, Braziers and Metalworkers to form the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Coppersmiths. In April 1967 this amalgamated with the Heating and Domestic Engineers' Union to form the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers. Finally, in 1983 this merged with the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section) (TASS).

Reference: Ted Brake, Men of Good Character: A history of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (Lawrence and Wishart: London, 1985).

Arrangement

The records form part of the archive of Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSS.101) and within that are a constituent of the larger archive of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (MSS.101/SM), which includes the archives of many other predecessors and constituents of the National Union.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://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

This archive was transferred to the Modern Records Centre from the National Museum of Labour History in October 1989 and April 1990.

Other Finding Aids

The archive has been catalogued to file level. 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. The catalogue is also available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website.

Authority records exist for the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers (GB 152 AAR0612), the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Coppersmiths (GB 152 AAR0615) and the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers and Braziers (GB 152 AAR0618).

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 not expected.

Related Material

The records of many of the National Union's predecessors are also held at the Modern Records Centre (MSS.101/SM). These include some other records of the National Union itself (MSS.101/SM/NAS). There are also further papers of the National Union elsewhere in the Centre's archives (MSS.411/SM).