Council of Civil Service Unions

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

National Whitley Council minutes, 1919-79, and agreements, 1920-74; Staff Side minutes, 1918-84; and other committee minutes; registry files, 1920-90s; Whitley Bulletin (later The Bulletin), 1921-94 (incomplete).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Staff Side of the National Whitley Council for the Civil Service, more commonly called the National Staff Side, was formed in 1920. The primary purpose of the National Staff Side was to coordinate the activities and harmonise (where possible) the policies of the staff associations represented on the National Whitley Council. The scope of the National Whitley Council encompassed the administrative civil service and the Post Office (until 1969) but not the industrial civil service.

Reference: B.V. Humphreys, Clerical unions in the Civil Service.Oxford, 1958 ; H. Parris, Staff relations in the Civil Service : fifty years of Whitleyism.London, 1973.

Conditions Governing Access


Archivist's Note

Part of the archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An ambitious indexing project was begun whilst the archive was in the custody of Kingston Polytechnic. This was planned as part of a larger project which would have involved the microfilming of the archive. As the necessary funds were not secured the whole project was abandoned.

The extensive archive was then rearranged by the staff of the Modern Records Centre in accordance with the National Staff Side's original registry system. The existing list follows this system. A copy of the register, annotated by the Centre's staff, has been retained and is available for inspection.

Custodial History

The archive was transferred to Kingston Polytechnic in 1979 where it remained until 1988 when it was deposited in the Modern Records Centre. This deposit and subsequent accruals are listed in detail below.


  • 26th July 1988 : delivered by Kingston Polytechnic business school [indefinite loan];
  • 12th october 1988 : drawer of index cards [gift];
  • September 1995 : 6 bays of correspondence,