Penworkers' Federation

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1918-54, 1960-73; annual reports, 1919-34, 1936-73; accounts & balance sheets, 1935-74; contributions books, 1920-74; some corres. files; Jt. Council minutes, 1919-46; Myers & Son Works Committee minutes, 1921-74; winding-up papers, mainly 1982-3.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Penworkers' Federation was founded in 1919, when it covered eleven firms in the Birmingham area. It represented workers making steel and metal pens. A plan to transfer its engagements to the National Union of General and Municipal Workers fell through in 1974. As a result of contraction in the industry the Federation continued an inactive existence up to 1982 and was wound up in early 1983.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogues is available in the Centre's searchroom. An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR).

Custodial History

The Penworkers' Federation deposited its records in the Modern Records Centre in April 1974. Details of this deposit and subsequent accruals are listed below.

Accruals

  • 30th April 1974 : 5 archive boxes of records, collected from Myers' factory, Langley Green by R.A. Storey [indefinite loan];
  • 1st May 1975 : 1 box of records, collected from Myers' factory, Langley Green by R.A. Storey [indefinite loan];
  • 13th June 1983 : 1 box, mainly of papers re dissolution, delivered by Mr Ovenden, former Secretary [indefinite loan];
  • 13th June 1983 : 1 packet, delivered by Mr Ovenden, former Secretary [indefinite loan].

Corporate Names