General correspondence: Inward

Scope and Content

The general correspondence sub-series relates to all non-industrial relations issues. It includes correspondence with BOCSPA branch secretaries, with shopmen, and with individual members on issues relating to compensation claims and the Association's benefits. There is also wide-ranging correspondence connected with Spinners' Hall including tenants, hiring of halls and physical upkeep. From the late 1920s, copies of outgoing correspondence were filed with the relevant incoming correspondence, thereby duplicating much of BCS1/5/2.

The main subject groups are: Shopmen (arranged alphabetically by mill) Branches (arranged alphabetically by branch) Amalgamation, Accident Claims [mostly to FMCSA], Bolton Labour Party, Bolton Trades Council, Bolton County Borough Council, Circulars, Council, Co-operative Wholesale Bank Ltd., Cotton Industry Convalescent Home, Factory Inspectorate, Fielding and Fernihough [Association's solicitors], Infirmary (Bolton), Lettings (Spinners' Hall), Registrar of Friendly Societies, Tenders, United Textile Factory Workers' Association.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by subject. However the files contain no means of identifying particular subject groups. These had to be reconstructed, as far as was practicable, by the archivist. Some of the subject areas were idiosyncratic; for example, correspondence relating to the repairs and maintenance of Spinners Hall is filed under `T' for `Tenders', although this is not indicated in the material. To some extent, there is also overlap with the employers correspondence sub-series (BCS1/5/3) on certain issues. In such cases it must be remembered that correspondence with a shopman is filed under the name of the mill, but correspondence with the employer, is filed under the name of the company, material can therefore be filed in two different series.