Richard Albert Etheridge Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Shop stewards' committee minutes, 1946-75; daily working notes, 1946-75; some subject files; extensive AUEW and CPGB material.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1909 in Birmingham, Richard Albert Etheridge had a life long involvement with the Amalgamated Engineering Union. In 1940 he started work at the Austin Motor Co.'s Longbridge plant, and was elected shop steward in the following year. He was also elected secretary of the Austin AEU Shop Stewards' Committee. In 1946, Etheridge was elected to the AEU's Birmingham District Committee, remaining a member until 1965 when he was elected President of the newly-created Birmingham West District, a post he held until 1975. In 1963, and again from 1966 to 1974, he was elected an AEU to the annual Trades Union Congress. A life long supporter of the Communist Party, he helped formulate Party policy with regard to the motor industry, and stood as a candidate in the 1950 general election. From 1961 to 1973, Etheridge was a member of the Party's Executive Committee. He died in 1985.

Reference: Finding aid for MSS.202

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

The Centre also has records relating to the Amalgamated Engineering Union (MSS.259). Authority files exist for Richard Etheridge (GB 152 AAR0903), and for the Amalgamated Engineering Union (GBR 0152 AAR0511).

Custodial History

The collection was bought by the Centre in 1979.


  • May 1985 Papers re: Etheridge's work with the AEU and Communist Party of Great Britain, donated to the Centre.