The papers of the British Employers' Confederation

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various series of minutes, 1922-65; balance sheets, 1919-63; annual reports, 1922-64; Bulletin, 1954-64; pamphlets, 1955-65; some subject files, 1919-65.

Administrative / Biographical History

The BEC had its origins in the Employers' Advisory Council established in 1917 to consider questions of labour relations. The Federation of British Industries (FBI) had forsworn this subject, except at a general level, but was still a member of the Council until the connection was severed completely in 1919. The Council then emerged under the name of the National Confederation of Employers' Organisations, which was changed to BEC in 1939. Its constitution was revised in 1922 to allow direct membership by employers' organisations, in place of representation of various industrial groupings, but, unlike the FBI, individual firms were not eligible. The British Employers' Confederation merged with the Federation of British Industries and the National Association of British Manufacturers in 1965 to form the Confederation of British Industry.

Reference: Alan Crookham, Michael Wilcox, Christine Woodland and Richard Storey, The Confederation of British Industry and predecessor archives.Coventry : University of Warwick Library, 1997.

Arrangement

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the Confederation of British Industry in 1979.

Other Finding Aids

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. Indexes of subjects and correspondents are also available in the searchroom. A fonds level description of the archive is available on-line.

An authority record exists for the British Employers' Confederation (GB 152 AAR1391).

Conditions Governing Use

Any significant work based on the archive must be submitted to the CBI prior to publication.

Appraisal Information

Material for the archive is selected in conjunction with the CBI's records management service.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds the following records of the Confederation of British Industry's predecessors : the British Employers' Confederation (MSS.200/B), the Federation of British Industries (MSS.200/F); and the National Association of British Manufacturers (MSS.200/N). It also holds the records of a number of related organisations. These include: the British Dextrine Manufacturers' Association (MSS.200/BDMA), the British Industrial Measuring and Control Apparatus Manufacturers' Association (MSS.200/BIMCAM), the British Towel Manufacturers' Association (MSS.200/BTMA), the Committee of British Employers Operating Abroad (MSS.200/BEOA), the Dollar Exports Council (MSS.200/DEC), the India (Pakistan &) Burma Association (MSS.200/IPBA), the Joint Committee on India (MSS.200/JCI), the Lancashire and District Trade Effluent Committee (MSS.200/LDTE), the National Industrial Organisation (MSS.200/NIO), the NEDC Liaison Group (MSS.200/NEDC), the Trade Board (Employers') Consultative Council (MSS.200/TB); and the Traders' Co-ordinating Committee on Transport (MSS.200/TCC).

Bibliography

Alan Crookham, Michael Wilcox, Christine Woodland and Richard Storey, The Confederation of British Industry and predecessor archives.Coventry : University of Warwick Library, 1997.