Post Office Engineering Union Research Department

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1915-84; annual, special, and rules revision conference agendas and minutes, 1916-84; official letters received, 1924-55; branch circulars, 1916-70; some papers of Whitley Councils, 1919-69; annual accounts, 1936-52; research department files incl. wage rates, 1946-88; subject files incl. wage claims, 1924-80, Future Development Committee, 1980s; publications, 1915-84; journals, 1916-84; rule books, 1896-1948; other publications, 1855-1978; some branch records, 1915-37; London regional records, 1925-68; press-cuttings, 1909-61.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Post Office Amalgamated Engineering and Stores Association was founded in 1915 when the Post Office Engineering and Stores Association merged with the Amalgamated Society of Telephone Employees. In 1919 it became the Post Office Engineering Union. In 1925 it absorbed the Post Office Telegraph Mechanicians' Society. In 1985 POEU amalgamated with the Postal and Telecommunications Group of the Civil and Public Services Association to form the National Communications Union. In January 1995 the Union of Communication Workers and the National Communications Union merged to form the Communication Workers' Union.

Reference: 75 years. A short history of the POEU.POEU, 1962 ; F. Bealey, The Post Office Engineering Union : the history of the Post Office Engineers, 1870-1970.London, 1976.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been given the classification MSS.135 together with a unique suffix to indicate that it is a constituent part of the papers of the National Communications Union (now itself part of the Communication Workers' Union). There is a separate classification for the archive of the Post Office Engineering Union where many of its records will be found (MSS.135/EU) . There are also several related deposits at the Modern Records Centre and these are listed under the entry for the National Communications Union (MSS.135C) .

An authority file exists for the Post Office Engineering Union (GB 152 AAR1060) and its predecessor, the Post Office Amalgamated Engineering and Stores Association (GBR 0152 AAR1061).

Custodial History

The Post Office Engineering Union Research Department's papers form part of the archive of the National Communications Union. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made in July 1976 and accruals are listed under the entry for the National Communications Union (MSS.135C) .