Institution of Professional Civil Servants

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1965-70; TUC affiliation files, 1967-76; State Technology/State Service , 1921-69 (incomplete).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists was founded on 1 January 1919 as the Professional Alliance, H.M. Civil Service, changing to the Institution of Professional Civil Servants later in the same year and deriving from the Federation of Professional Officers (Admiralty) founded in 1918. It remained a virtually federal body with affiliated associations in various Civil Service departments until 1945 when new rules involving a move towards branch structure were endorsed.

In 1969 the Institution of Professional Civil Servants amalgamated with the Society of Technical Civil Servants and in 1970 with the Medical Staff Association. The Institution affiliated to the TUC in 1975.

As a result of privatisation and the use of agencies and contractors members of the Institution were increasingly to be found outside the Civil Service which led to the adoption of the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists as the union's title in 1989.

Reference: J.E. Mortimer and Valerie Ellis, A professional union : the evolution of the Institution of Professional Civil Servants.London : Allen and Unwin, 1980.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been catalogued to fonds level only. This description is available on-line and in the Centre's searchroom. The bulk of the Institution's archives remain with the organisation, now called the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists. To view the records application should be made to the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists, 75-79 York Road, London SE1 7AQ, England. The Centre also holds the records of the Medical Staff Association (MSS.37/MS) .

An authority file exists for the Institution of Professional Civil Servants (GB 152 AAR1289).

Custodial History

Publications of the Institution of Professional Civil Servants were placed in the Centre in 1974. This initial deposit and subsequent accruals are listed in detail below.

Accruals

  • 10th April 1974 : published pamphlets and periodicals [gift];
  • 20th July 1977 : State Technology / State Service , vol. 1 (1921)-1969 (less vols. 2, 21, 1948, 1952, 1966-7); NEC minutes, 1965-70; 2 files re TUC affiliation, 1967-9, 1973-6 [indefinite loan].