Papers of the Clerical Officers' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Post Office Saving Bank Assistant Clerks' Committee minutes, 1918-1921; Post Office Savings Bank Branch Committee minutes, 1921-1942; annual conference executive and sub-committee minutes, 1920-1921; report of conference proceedings, 1921.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Clerical Officers' Association was founded in 1920, through the amalgamation of the Assistant Clerks' Association and the Post Office Engineering Clerical Assistants. The COA claimed representative rights for the entire clerical grade of the Civil Service and within a month of its formation had gained recognition for all clerical assistants, both men and women. In 1921 the Association merged with the Civil Service Clerical Union to form the Civil Service Clerical Association.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions Volume 1 The Non-Manual Unions (England 1988).


This archive was received as part of a deposit by the Public and Commercial Services Union which was given the manuscript number MSS.415. Within the deposit the archives of each of the individual trade unions have been indicated by letters following the slash. Thus MSS.415/COA represents the Clerical Officers' Association.The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see 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

The archive was deposited by the Public and Commercial Services Union in September 2000.

Other Finding Aids

A box list for MSS.415 is available in the Centre's searchroom. A copy of this collection-level 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.

Authority records exist for Clerical Officers' Association (GB 0152 AAR0761), Assistant Clerks' Association(GB 152 AAR0759) and the Post Office Engineering Clerical Assistants (GB 152 AAR0760).

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.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the archives of the Public and Commercial Services Union and many of its other predecessors (MSS.415).