Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various series of minutes, 1904-70; investment register, 1902-64; register of members, 1901-18; Monthly Journal, 1921-70; reports, 1907-69; rulebooks, 1960-6.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1904 the National Amalgamated Society of Operative House Painters and Decorators merged with the Amalgamated Society of House Decorators and Painters and several smaller societies to form the National Amalgamated Society of Operative House and Ship Painters and Decorators. The society absorbed a number of local unions throughout its existence. In 1935 the society adopted the short title of the National Society of Painters. In 1961 it became the Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators after amalgamation with the Scottish Painters' Society and the Southport and Birkdale Operative House Painters' Association. In 1970 the society amalgamated with the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers to form the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers and Decorators.

Reference: R.W. Postgate, The builders' history.London : National Federation of Building Trade Operatives, 1923.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been listed as part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. An authority file exists for the Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators (GB 152 AAR446) and its predecessors : the National Society of Painters (GBR 0152 AAR451); and the National Amalgamated Society of Operative House and Ship Painters and Decorators (GBR 0152 AAR504).

Custodial History

The Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators' papers form part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians archive. The initial deposit was made in 1974 and accruals are listed under the entry for the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (MSS.78/UC) .