Clerical Officers' Association (Civil Service), predecessor and successor

Scope and Content

This collection includes: executive committee minutes; circulars; records of Scottish section and Post Office Savings Bank branch.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Clerical Officers' Association (Civil Service) was founded in 1920, through the amalgamation of the Assistant Clerks' Association and the Post Office Engineering Clerical Assistants. The COA claimed representative rights for the entire clerical grade of the Civil Service and within a month of its formation had gained recognition for all clerical assistants, both men and women. In 1921 the Association merged with the Civil Service Clerical Union to form the Civil Service Clerical Association.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, 'Historical Directory of Trade Unions', volume 1 (1988).

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

These records were deposited by the Public and Commercial Services Union.

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 records of the Civil Service Clerical Association and other predecessors of the Public and Commercial Services Union, as well as the PCSU itself.