National Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers. London Branch

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes (incl. correspondence), 1899-1967; annual reports, 1915-58; committee reports, 1919-67; printed notices, 1901-56; national society reports, 1901-56 (incomplete).

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers was established in 1893 as the Federated Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers of Great Britain and Ireland. Its London branch dates back to 1864. In 1914 the Stereotypers and Electrotypers' Assistants' Society rejected merger with the Federated Society in favour of dissolution followed by membership of the National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants. The Federated Society subsequently changed its name to include assistants in the title. In 1917 there was a further name change to the National Society of Electrotypers, Stereotypers and Assistants. In 1919 the Stereotypers and Electrotypers' Assistants' Society, now the Electrotypers and Stereotypers's section of Natsopa, finally joined the National Society after a transfer agreement of the members was settled by all parties. The union became the National Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers.

Reference: John Gennard, A history of the National Graphical Association. London : Unwin Hyman, 1990.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Archivist's Note

The records of the National Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers are located in the Department of Manuscripts and University Archives at Cambridge University Library (ref. NRA 9376 Electrotypers). Related material at the Modern Records Centre includes the records of the National Graphical Association (MSS.39) and the National Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers' Daily Herald Foundry/Stereo Chapel (MSS.39/NAT/6/HF). An authority file exists for the National Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers.

Custodial History

The initial deposit of records, mainly minutes, was made on the 12th October 1978. This formed part of an extended deposit by the London Region of the National Graphical Association of records of its predecessor bodies. The region began depositing material at the Centre in 1974. Further material was added both by the region and by Mr H.G. Smart, former chairman of the London branch. These accruals are detailed below.

Accruals

  • 21st July 1986, two files delivered by Mr H.G. Smart;
  • December 1986, additional file from Mr H.G. Smart received by post;
  • 20th May 1991, one box of records from NGA London Branch received by post.