National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants

Scope and Content

Series 1: journals and reports, 1917-1980

Series 2: rule books

Series 3: other papers including agreements, correspondence and papers relating to strikes

Series 4: branch records including Grimsby branch, Leeds branch, Liverpool branch, London branch, Manchester branch and Preston branch

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1889 the Printers' Labourers' Union was formed. In 1899 it changed its name to the Operative Printers' Assistants Union. In 1904-1912 it changed its name again to the National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants (NATSOPA). In 1966 the National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants (NATSOPA) merged with the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers to form Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT) division 1 and division A respectively. In 1970 - SOGAT division 1 and division A dissolved into several new bodies including the National Society of Operative Printers and Media Personnel (formerly National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants, NATSOPA) and SOGAT (formerly National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers). In 1982 - SOGAT 1975 merged with the National Society of Operative Printers and Media Personnel to form Society of Graphical and Allied Trades 1982 (SOGAT '82).

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Related Material

Other records are available at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick:

National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants (NATSOPA) / National Society of Operative Printers, Graphical and Media Personnel and predecessors, 1900-1966 (MSS.39 and MSS.1027)