Papers of the Postmasters' Association and its Predecessors

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The Quest, 1921-72.

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded in 1903 as the Association of Established Sub-Postmasters, the union became the Association of Salaried Sub-Postmasters in 1920, the Association of Sub-Office Postmasters in 1929 and ultimately the Postmasters' Association in 1937. The Association amalgamated with the Association of Postal Controllers and Assistant Controllers and the Association of Head Postmasters in 1972 to form the Senior Postal Staff Association.

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.

An authority record exists for the Postmasters' Association (GB 0152 AAR1135).

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.