Papers of the National Graphical Association: London Region

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1966-1991; regional annual conference agendas, 1966-1998; Machine Trade Executive Committee minutes, 1965-1977; Composing Trade Committee minutes, 1977-1987; Trade Committee minutes, 1967-1973; Electrotypers and Stereotypers Trade Committee minutes, 1974-1988; News Trade Committee minutes, 1970-1979, regional annual conference reports, 1964-1986; Regional Council minutes, 1965-1996; Branch Committee minutes, 1985-1992.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Graphical Association was formed in 1963 by the merger of the Typographical Association and the London Typographical Society. The union merged with the Society of Lithographic Artists, Designers, Engravers and Process Workers in 1982 to form the National Graphical Association (1982). The Graphical, Paper and Media Union was formed in 1991 by the amalgamation of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades 1982 and the National Graphical Association (1982). Vesting day took place on 30th September 1991.


Print union records were assigned one of two manuscript numbers. MSS.28 was given to those archives derived from the National Graphical Association London Region and MSS.39 to those derived from the National Graphical Association nationally. Subsequently MSS.39 was also used for the archives of all other national print unions, including SOGAT and Natsopa.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in August 2001.

Other Finding Aids

A file level catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for the National Graphical Association (GB 0152 AAR0061) and the Graphical, Paper and Media Union (GB 152 AAR0039).

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 not expected.

Related Material

The National Graphical Association: London Region has deposited the papers of many of the National Graphical Association's predecessors. See London Society of Compositors/London Typographical Society (MSS.28/CO), London Typographical Society (MSS.28/LTS), Printing Machine Managers' Trade Society (MSS.28/PM), Association of Correctors of the Press (MSS.28/AC)and National Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers: London Branch (MSS.28/ES).

The Centre also holds the national papers of the National Graphical Association (MSS.39).

In addition, the Centre holds the records of the Printing and Kindred Trades Federation (MSS.43), the British Printing Industries Federation (MSS.375) and the Printers' Charitable Corporation (MSS.285).