National Union of Public Employees

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

National Union of Public Employees: executive council and other committee minutes, 1918-93; circulars, 1939-59; annual reports, conference reports, 1926-86, 1992-3 (incomplete); journal, 1931-1985, 1987-1993; some subject files; branch records.

National Municipal Labour Union: minutes, reports, etc., 1898-1900.

National Ambulance Staffs' Association : minutes, 1963-5.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Union of Public Employees traces its origins from the London County Council Employees' Protection Society which was founded in 1888. It became the Municipal Employees' Association in 1894. The National Union of Corporation Workers broke away from the Municipal Employees' Association in 1908; it changed its name to the National Union of Public Employees in 1928. In 1993 the union amalgamated with the National and Local Government Officers' Association and the Confederation of Health Service Employees to form UNISON.

Reference: W.W. Craik, Bryn Roberts and NUPE,London, 1955

B. Dix and S. Williams, Serving the public - building the union : the history of the National Union of Public Employees. Vol.1 The forerunners 1889-1928.London, 1987


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

A fifteen year closure applies to archives in this collection.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre at various stages by the National Union of Public Employees, UNISON, the National Museum of Labour History, and private depositors. Further additions were made in November 2002, January 2003, and October 2003.

Other Finding Aids

Parts of the archive have been catalogued. A copy of the partial catalogue is available in electronic format, and in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for the National Union of Public Employees (GB 152 AAR1162) and for the National Municipal Labour Union (GB 0152 AAR1176).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

The collection has not been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

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