Papers of the Postal Inspectors' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1895-1924; conference proceedings, 1951-59;  Postal Inspector, 1952-59.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Postal Inspectors' Association was established in 1895 and primarily represented members of the inspectorate and head postmen in outer London and the provinces. In July 1959 it amalgamated with the Association of Post Office Controlling Officers.

Reference: Arthur Marshall and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions. Volume 1  (Gower: Farnborough, 1980).


All those unions which have now merged to form the Communication Managers' Association have been given the reference MSS.225. They are further divided into fonds by an alphabetical suffix.

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 first deposit was made by the Communication Managers' Association on 4 March 1981. Subsequent deposits were made in 1981 and 1982.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this summary description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. The collection is uncatalogued.

Authority records exist for the Postal Inspectors' Association (GB 152 AAR1116) and the Association of Post Office Controlling Officers (GB 0152 AAR1113).

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

Constituent and related archives in the Centre include the papers of the Post Office Controlling Officers' Association and its predecessors: the Postal Inspectors' Association, the Postmasters' Association, the London Postal Superintending Officers' Association, the Association of Post Office Controlling Officers, the Post Office Management Staffs Association, the Communication Managers' Association , the Union of Communication Workers, the National Communications Union, the Society of Post Office Executives and the Council of Post Office Unions.