Bolton and District Card, Blowing and Ring Room Operatives' Provincial Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Reports, 1910s-1920s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Formed in c.1858 as the Bolton Card Grinders and Strippers' Association, the union had several name changes before becoming the Bolton and District Union of Textile and Allied Workers in 1968. In 1982 it merged with the Bolton and District Weavers, Winders and Warpers' Association, the North Lancashire and Cumbria Textile Workers' Association and the Amalgamated Textile Trades Union (Wigan, Chorley and Skelmersdale District) to form the North West Lancashire, Durham and Cumbria Textile Workers' Union. This union later joined the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union in 1986.

Reference: Arthur Marsh, Victoria Ryan and John B. Smethurst, Historical directory of trade unions. Volume 4.Aldershot : Scolar Press, 1994.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open.

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR892).

Records of the Bolton and District Card, Blowing and Ring Room Operatives' Provincial Association are also held at the Greater Manchester Record Office.

The main archives of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union, including the boilermakers' section, remain with the union at its national college. Some records have, however, been transferred to the Working Class Movement Library, Salford : see Working Class Movement Library, Bulletin, no. 2 (1992), pp. 67-92, for a description of these records. Some records of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers are also held in the London Archive, Department of Politics, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London. The records of numerous textile unions are in the Lancashire Record Office. Other material, including some Blacksmiths' Society records, is held by the Centre.

Custodial History

The Bolton and District Card, Blowing and Ring Room Operatives' Provincial Association's papers form part of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union archive. The initial deposit related to this archive was made in 1978 and accruals are listed under the entry for the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union (MSS.192/GMB) .