Post Office Engineering and Stores Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1905-15; membership register, 1911; Journal, 1898-1915.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born out of the Linemen's Movements in the 1870s, the Postal Telegraph and Linemen's Movement was established in 1887. In 1896 the Amalgamated Association of the Postal Telegraph Engineering Department was established and in 1901 this organisation merged with the Postal Telegraph and Linemen's Movement to form the Post Office Engineering and Stores Association. This union merges with the Amalgamated Society of Telephone Employees in 1915 to form the Post Office Amalgamated Engineering and Stores Association, the forerunner of the Post Office Engineering Union.

Reference: 75 years. A short history of the POEU.POEU, 1962 ; F. Bealey, The Post Office Engineering Union : the history of the Post Office Engineers, 1870-1970.London, 1976.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been given the classification MSS.135 together with a unique suffix to indicate that it is a constituent part of the papers of the National Communications Union (now itself part of the Communication Workers' Union) . Other material relating to this union can be found in the papers of the Post Office Engineering Union's Research Department (MSS.135B/RD) and in those of the Union of Communication Workers (MSS.148/UCW) . There are also several related deposits at the Modern Records Centre and these are listed under the entry for the National Communications Union (MSS.135C) .

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR1065).

Custodial History

The Post Office Engineering and Stores Association's papers form part of the archive of the National Communications Union. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made in July 1976 and accruals are listed under the entry for the National Communications Union (MSS.135C) .