National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Biennial conferences, 1937-61 : reports of proceedings; Executive Board minutes, 1926-64 (incomplete); various sets of circulars, 1937-89 (incomplete); The Garment Worker, 1928-38, 1945-89.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Tailors and Garment Workers' Union was formed in 1920 by the amalgamation of the Scottish Operative Tailors and Tailoresses' Association and the United Garment Workers' Union. In 1932 this union in turn merged with the Amalgamated Society of Tailors and Tailoresses to form the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers. In 1939 it absorbed the United Ladies' Tailors' Trade Union and in 1972 the Waterproof Garment Workers' Trade Union. In 1991 the union merged with the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union.

Reference: Margaret Stewart and Leslie Hunter, The needle is threaded. The history of an industry.1964

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The main archives of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union, including the boilermakers' section, remain with the union at its national college. Some records have, however, been transferred to the Working Class Movement Library, Salford : see Working Class Movement Library, Bulletin, no. 2 (1992), pp. 67-92, for a description of these records. Some records of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers are also held in the London Archive, Department of Politics, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London. The records of numerous textile unions are in the Lancashire Record Office. Other material, including some Blacksmiths' Society records, is held by the Centre.

An authority file exists for the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers (GB 152 AAR826) and its predecessor, the Tailors and Garment Workers' Union (GBR 0152 AAR833).

Custodial History

The National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers' papers form part of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union archive. The initial deposit related to this archive was made in 1978 and accruals are listed under the entry for the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union (MSS.192/GMB) .