Trinidad and Tobago: Pressure Groups Material

Scope and Content

Trinidad and Tobago pressure groups material, 1962 onwards, comprising reports, statements, pamphlets and addresses issued by the Caribbean Employers' Federation, the Committee for Labour Solidarity (Trinidad and Tobago), the National Joint Action Committee (Trinidad and Tobago), the New Beginning Movement (Trinidad and Tobago), the Organisation for National Reconstruction, the Peasant Farmers Association and the Workers' Educational Association (Trinidad and Tobago).

Administrative / Biographical History

The pressure group materials held here vary from labour market analyses produced by the Caribbean Employers' Federation to broad critiques of Trinidad and Tobago's political and economic system from a variety of groups, including the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and the New Beginning Movement (NBM). The majority of the materials date from the 1970s and 1980s, the period in which the ruling People's National Movement increasingly lost credibility with civil society.


Alphabetically by group, and then in rough chronological order.

Access Information

Open to all for research purposes; access is free for anyone in higher education.

Acquisition Information

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Other Finding Aids

Records at item level on library catalogue (SASCAT)

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Daniel Millum, Political Archives Project Officer at the Institutes of Commonwealth and Latin American Studies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can usually be obtained - apply to library staff.

Custodial History

The Commonwealth Political Parties Materials collection was begun in 1960-61, with special emphasis being placed then, as now, on 'primary material such as party constitutions, policy statements, convention reports and election manifestos.' (ICS, Twelfth Annual Report 1960-1961). Since then, the main method of gathering material has been to appeal directly to political parties throughout the Commonwealth, though contributions from Institute members and staff following visits to relevant countries have been significant.


Further accruals are expected, some in electronic form

Related Material

See also Trinidad and Tobago: Political Parties Material (PP:TR) and Trinidad and Tobago: Trades Unions Material (TU:TR), as well as Political Party, Trades Unions and Pressure Group Materials for other Commonwealth countries and related material in the library's main classified sequence, all held at the ICS.