Minutes, Reports and Related Papers of the Tobacco Workers Union No. 4 (Nottingham) District, 1862-1968

Scope and Content

The main body of records dates from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, reflecting the administrative procedures as well as the practical functions of the union. There is a comprehensive series of minutes and contribution books (separate books for male and female workers), along with some accounts. There is also some correspondence, along circulars relating to specific issues e.g. relations with employers and other organisations, official disputes and social matters. There is a small amount of ephemera, including recruitment posters and Union journals, and a few photographs of strikes and Union officials.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Tobacco Workers Union (TWU) had its origins in a number of craft unions dating back to 1834. In 1918, several small unions combined, remodelling in 1925 and adopting the title Tobacco Workers Union. In 1946 the TWU absorbed the Cigar and Tobacco Workers Union. Since about 1980 the TWU has been part of the Technical and Supervisory Section of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers, based in London. There is no longer a Nottingham District office.


Material has been divided into thirteen sections according to form (e.g. minutes, accounts).

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 14 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 14 pp

Separated Material

  • Records of the central organisation of the Union as well as the Glasgow, Liverpool and London branches are held at Warwick University's Modern Records Centre. Ref. MSS.101/TW.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The records were transferred to Nottingham University Library from the TWU Nottingham District Office in 1983. Three further volumes were added from the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Records held in the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick.