Papers of W.J. Cooper

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Copy of a handwritten manuscript by Cooper giving biographical details, 1978; papers relating to Rover Company Ltd, 1949-1967; papers relating to Morris Motors Ltd., 1942-1947; publications; handwritten notebook containing notes about industrial aspects of history, law, psychology, relations, welfare; social services; trade unionism and labour management; notes about the Beveridge Report.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Joseph Cooper was born in London, 4th October, 1902. He worked for the Marconi company in London and Chelmsford, and for R.J. Sainsbury at the London Staff Exchange. During the war he served as a Local Defence Volunteer and with the Home Guard. He later worked at the Royal Ordnance Factory, Bridgend, Morris Motors, the Rover Company Ltd., Solihull as Works Manager, where he became involved in the Engineering Employers' Association. Cooper was a keen sportsman.

Reference: Papers within the collection.


The collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Cooper's daughter in 2001.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom

An authority record exists for W.J. Cooper (GB 152 AAR2232).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are not expected.