Central Labour College

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1912-30; reports of annual meetings, 1911-12; some financial records, 1917-30; some correspondence and administrative files, 1920-9; curriculum, 1922; publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Central Labour College was founded in 1909 as a result of the Ruskin College strike. Its two principal trade union supporters were the National Union of Railwaymen and the South Wales Miners' Federation. In 1911 it moved to London and acquired an extension in Kew in 1920. The college closed in 1929.

Reference: W.W. Craik, The Central Labour College 1909-29.London, 1964.

Conditions Governing Access

5 year closure period on unpublished material.

Archivist's Note

The list available at the Centre describes the records of the College deposited by the National Union of Railwaymen, into whose custody the records passed on the closure of the college in 1929. An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR1038).

Records of the northern/north eastern branch of the College are also held at the Centre (MSS.241) .

Custodial History

The papers form part of the archive of the National Union of Railwaymen. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made in April 1976 and accruals are listed under the entry for the National Union of Railwaymen (MSS.127/NU) .