Access is restricted to many items in this collection due to Data Protection.
Records of the NUM (North Wales Area) and its predecessors, 1891-1989, comprising council and executive committee minutes, 1897-1987; rules and membership records, 1920-1987; annual reports, 1899-1984; financial records, 1891-1980, including auditors' and independent accountants' papers, 1921-1974, and lodge contributions, 1936-1981; correspondence and papers relating to production, wages and conditions, disputes and conciliation, safety, compensation claims, welfare, and other matters, 1898-1987; papers of individual collieries and Lodges, 1893-1984, mainly Bersham, 1880-1985, Point of Ayr, 1893-1975, and Llay Main, -1966, and Gresford Colliery Disaster, 1934-1984; papers relating to Edward Hughes, 1897-1924, and Edward Jones, -1979; photographs, 1901-1989; papers relating to other districts' Miners Associations, 1905-; records relating to the Miners' Federation of Great Britain and NUM, 1896-1989, including annual reports and proceedings, 1896-1973; political literature, 1912-1983; and printed material relating to the mining industry, 1919-1986.
Dating from the 1890s, these records consist of the archives of the present union (from 1947) and its predecessors - the Denbighshire and Flintshire Miners' Federation (before 1903), the North Wales Miners' Association (1903-34) and the North Wales and Border Counties Mineworkers' Association (1935-46). The formal minutes and financial have been preserved, together with an almost complete series of annual reports from 1899 until the 1970s.
The bulk of the collection consists of the correspondence and papers of the miners' agent and general secretary, including much material from individual lodges throughout Flintshire and Denbighshire. These cover the whole range of union interests: disputes concerning wages and conditions; procedures of conciliation; training, safety and welfare of miners, including a vast number of compensation claims (Subfonds D/NM/A) pursued by the union; political representation, and pressure for reform through Government legislation. Correspondence from the various lodges reflects union policies at a local level. The lodge and colliery papers illuminate two occurrences of particular note: the controversial dispute about union membership at Point of Ayr, 1946-43, and the Gresford Colliery Disaster in 1934 which aroused worldwide sympathy.
An item of some interest is the "Miner's Magazine" issued monthly from July 1903 by the NWMA. The magazine, 'a bilingual monthly journal of social and industrial progress', contains items of local and mining interest, poems, and stirring articles. The main objective seems to have been to promote unity and membership in a period when the miner's contribution to his union was a large proportion of his income. The first number contained a comparison with the wages of continental miners; an article on 'the worm', a disease once found in damp mines; and a warning to prospective emigrants to South Africa. A series of articles on the duties and benefits of the checkweigher are also to be found in the magazine.