National and Local Government Officers' Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various series of minutes, 1905-65; reports to annual conferences, 1919-39; Local Government Service/Public Service, 1944-84; circulars, 1964-72; Health Service reorganisation material, 1965-74; West Midlands district records, 1960-74; National Service Conditions Sub-Committee for the Gas Industry (known as the National Service Conditions sub-Committee (Gas) from June 1953; the Gas Committee, a sub-committee of Council, from June 1961), signed minutes, April 1953-Oct 1972; National Gas Committee, signed minutes, July 1980-June 1983, July 1985-June 1 987, July 1988-Dec 1989. National Joint Council for Gas Staffs, minutes, 1947-79; National Joint Council for Gas Staffs, Staff Side, minutes, 1950-75, 1982-94; National Joint Council for Gas Staffs, Trade Union Side, minutes, 1980-3, 1992-4. Electricity Branch Circulars etc., 1989-90. Publicity archive material 1979-1999.

Administrative / Biographical History

Preceded by a number of local guilds, the National Association of Local Government Officers was founded in July 1905. The title National and Local Government Officers' Association was adopted in 1952. In 1993 the association amalgamated with the National Union of Public Employees and the Confederation of Health Service Employees to form UNISON.

Reference: Alec Spoor, White-collar union : sixty years of NALGO.London, 1967; G. Newman, Path to maturity. NALGO, 1965-80.London, 1982.; Mike Ironside and Roger Seifer, Facing Up to Thatcherism: the History of NALGO 1979-93,Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This initial deposit of this collection was deposited in the Centre in January 1974.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue of this deposit comprises part of the Centre's website and the catalogue is also available in paper form in the Centre's searchroom. An authority record exists for the National and Local Government Officers' Association (GB 152 AAR1159).

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 not expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the papers of UNISON (see for further information), NUPE (see for further information) and COHSE (see for further information). The UNISON archive also includes some NALGO material.

The Trades Union Congress archive, which is also held at the Centre, includes files on the National and Local Government Officers' Association, 1928-1960 (MSS.292/91/161-3).