National Association of Schoolmasters

Scope and Content

National Association of Schoolmasters: minutes, 1923-25; minutes of constituents (including London, Liverpool and Southampton Schoolmasters' Associations), 1919-60; 'New Schoolmaster', 1921-39, 1944-75; bulletins, 1939-46; annual reports, 1919-41 (incomplete); publications; some subject files; includes report of committee appointed to study the problem of juvenile delinquency in Newport, Monmouthshire, 1952, and 'The Rhondda Bulletin' no. 2 1935.

London Association of Schoolmasters: minutes, 1932-60; 'London Schoolmaster', 1954-61.

Liverpool Association of Schoolmasters: minutes, 1923-39, 1944-55; membership register, 1940s.

Southampton Schoolmasters' Association: minutes, 1921-7, 1937-89; agendas and circulars, 1975-89; cuttings book, 1978-82.

Cardiff Schoolmasters' Association: booklet by Arthur Sharpe, 1918.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Association of Men Teachers (NUMT) was formed in 1919 within the National Union of Teachers (NUT). In 1920 it broke away from the larger union and became the National Association of Schoolmasters (NAS). This in turn merged with the Scottish Schoolmasters' Association and the Union of Women Teachers in 1976 to become the National Association of Schoolmasters / Union of Women Teachers.

Reference: B. Morton (ed.), 'Action 1919-1969: a record of the growth of the National Association of Schoolmasters' (Hemel Hempstead, 1969).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

The first deposit was made by the National Association of Schoolmasters in May 1974, with further deposits in January 1977, April 1985, July 1986, August 1986, October 1986, February 1989, January 1990, April 1990 and June 1992.

Other Finding Aids

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

The Centre also holds the papers of the Assistant Masters' and Mistresses' Association (MSS.299), Association of Assistant Mistresses (MSS.59) and National Union of Teachers (MSS.179).

The records of a number of branches of the ASM are held in local record offices, including Lincolnshire, Calderdale (West Yorkshire) and Northamptonshire.