Papers of the Association of University Teachers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Printed minutes, 1919-1975; correspondence files of Honorary General Secretary, R. Douglas Laurie, with branches, 1919-1930s; some subject files; includes correspondence with University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, Cardiff branch, 1920-34, and with University of Swansea branch, 1920-35 (MSS.27/3/22-23, 36A).

Federation of Teachers' Associations in Wales and Monmouthshire: papers about its formation, 1919-22.

National Council of Education for Wales (proposed): file, 1921-22 (MSS.27/3/98)

Swansea AUT: memorandum, [c.1929-32] (MSS.27/3/184)

University of Wales constituency: papers, 1923 (MSS.27/3/46)

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of University Teachers was founded in 1919 following a series of conferences, beginning in December 1917, of the Association of University Lecturers, which derived from the initiative of the Liverpool University Junior Staff Association founded in 1909.

Reference: Harold Perkin, Key Profession (London, 1969).


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

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The initial deposit was made by the AUT in 1974. Additional deposits were made in 1976 and 1989.

Other Finding Aids

Part of the archive was catalogued to file level by Alistair Tough in 1989. A subject index is available for this part. The remaining part is covered by an interim box list. Both these lists are available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for the Association of University Teachers (GB 152 AAR1236) and R. Douglas Laurie (GB 152 AAR1870).

Conditions Governing Use

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


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the records of the Warwick University branch of the Association of University Teachers (MSS.113).

AUT branch records for the relevant institutions are held by the Universities of Dundee, Manchester and York and by University and Royal Holloway Colleges, London. The papers of the Association of University Teachers in Scotland are held by the University of Glasgow.