Involvement and Participation Association (IPA), earlier the Labour Association, the Labour Co-partnership Association, the Industrial Co-partnership Association and the Industrial Participation Association

Scope and Content

This collection includes: memoranda and articles of association, 1960-1972; council minutes, 1922-1969; various committee minutes, 1884-1972; annual reports, 1884-1986; Labour Association leaflets, 1893-1916; 'Labour Co-partnership', 1894-1980; 'Profit-sharing and Co-partnership', 1912-1913; conference and congress programmes, 1920-1971; notices for luncheon and tea meetings, 1928-1963; occasional papers, [c1927]-1975, 2000; publications from the IPA library relating to industrial relations; trade unions, profit sharing, co-operation; biographies, individual companies, and other matters, 1790-1988; Co-operative union pamphlets, 1901-1917; 'The Co-operative Magazine', 1828-1829; Co-operative congresses, 1869-1924; Trades Union Congress 'Annual Reports', 1906, 1911; 'Bulletin de la participation aux Benefices', 1893-1898

Administrative / Biographical History

The Involvement and Participation Association (IPA) was founded in 1884 as the Labour Association for Promoting Co-operative Production based on the Co-partnership of the Workers (known as the Labour Association). In 1901 it became the Labour Co-partnership Association, in 1928 the Industrial Co-partnership Association, in 1972 the Industrial Participation Association and in 1989 the Involvement and Participation Association. It was incorporated in 1950. Its aim was to promote employee involvement in companies by encoraging the implementation of suitable practices within organisations.

Reference: C Cook and D Waller, 'The Longman Guide to Sources in Contemporary British History, 1: Organisations and Societies' (London, Longman. 1994).

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 in the Modern Records Centre by Involvement and Participation Association in 1992. It is understood that earlier office moves resulted in the destruction of some of the archive.

Other Finding Aids

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds records of the European Forum for Teamwork.