Archive of British Steel and Related Bodies

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes papers of:

Angle Makers Association: minutes, 1905-1922 (MSS.365/AMA).

Board of Arbitration and Conciliation for North of England Manufactured Iron Trade: Transcripts of unconfirmed verbatim accounts, 1867-1888; Mr Waterhouse's Returns (Sales of Manufactured Iron), 3 vols, 1869-1919; minute books vols 1-8, 1869-1922 (MSS.365/BAC).

Bricklayers Joint Committee: Minutes, 1923-1968 (MSS.365/BJC).

British Heavy Steel Association: Minutes 1965-1969 (MSS.365/BHS).

British Iron and Steel Corporation Ltd: Trading Accounts, 1931-1948; All Funds Expenditure papers, 1931-1950; subject and correspondence files, 1941-1967; agenda, correspondence and minutes, 1957-1967; Annual Returns, 1966-1971; Board meeting agenda, minutes and notes, 1968-1972; Annual General Meeting agenda, minutes and notes, 1969-1972. The collection also includes: British Iron and Steel Corporation (Investments) Ltd: Memorandum and Articles of Association, 1929-1967; minutes and Agenda of Shipping Companies, 1954-1963; Annual General Meetings minutes, 1954-1969; Minutes of Board Meetings, 1954-1971; agenda, minutes and notes, 1965-1972; British Iron and Steel Corporation (Salvage) Ltd: Ships Records, 1939; accounts, 1940-1961; audited accounts, 1940-1968; Government Ships, 1949-1963; British Iron and Steel Corporation (Ore) Ltd: Annual Accounts, 1947-1968; Agreements - BISC Ltd and BISC (Ore) Ltd, 1954-1969; reports, correspondence, agenda, minutes, papers, 1960-1967; Constitutions, 1944-1960 (MSS.365/BISC).

British Iron and Steel Federation, 1934-67 (MSS.365/BIS).

British Iron and Steel Research Association: Photocopies of Minutes of Council, 1946-1952; Council meetings, 1960-1966; Finance Committee meetings, 1960-1966; Draft Annual reports, AGM Meetings, Monthly Newsletter, 1960-1965 (MSS.365/BISR).

British Joist Makers' Association: Regulations, 1908; Rules, 1908-1921; minutes, 1912-1945 (MSS.365/BJM).

British Light Steel Association: General Meetings, minutes and agenda, 1932-1962; accounts, 1934-1967; ledgers, 1934-1968; cash books, 1934-1968; Management Committee Minutes, 1935-1952; Journal, 1935-1968; circulars, 1935-1968; Finance Committee minutes, 1936-1950; Executive Committee minutes and papers and Joint Executive and Management Committee minutes, 1936-1956; Levy Equalisation Fund papers, 1943-1967; Technical Committee minutes and agenda, 1944-1967; Joint Steel Spring Committee reports, 1949-1964; Export Committee, 1953-1963; Joint Finance Committee minutes, 1961-1967; Hoop and Strip Committee minutes, 1962-1968; Technical Advisory Panels, 1965-1968; Bars and Sections Committee minutes, 1965-1967; Ferro-Concrete Bar Committee, 1966-1968 (MSS.365/BLS).

British Steel Corporation, 1959-1980 (MSS.365/BSC).

British Steel Producers Conference, 1944-1970 (MSS.365/BSP)

British Steel Work Association: International Steel Development Council, International Propaganda, 1938-1939; Structural Design Sub-Committee papers; 1939-1944; subject files relating to the Second World War, 1942-1943; Post War Technical Sub-Committee reports and papers, 1943-1944 (MSS.365/BSW ).

Central Council of Iron and Steel Employers' Associations: Minutes including: Executive Committee minutes, 1935-1967; Council Meetings minutes and correspondence, 1935-1967; ad hoc Committee re Compensatory Payments for Loss of Earnings Formation Committee, 1955-1967. Various Committee papers from the International Department relating to the International Steel Cartel, 1934-1955; papers relating to the Association of Crank Axle and Crank Axle Component Makers, 1956-1961; Association of Iron and Steel Employers, 1966-1967; Nationalisation and Industry Fund papers, 1966-1967(MSS.365/CCI).

Central Scrap Agency: Minutes, 1937-1938 (MSS.365/CSA ).

Cleveland Ironmasters' Association: Minute books, vols 1-23, 1912-1945; accounts register, 1912-1960; South Yorkshire Joint Committee 1925-1969; Secretary's Annual Reports, 1978-1940 (MSS.365/CIA).

Cold Rolled Steel Strip Association: Management Committee minutes, 1938-1968; General Meetings minutes, 1939-1968; Accounts, 1945-1968; Technical/Research Committee minutes, 1947-1968; minutes agenda and circulars, 1956-1968 (MSS.365/CRS).

Cold Rolled Steel Strip Export Group: Technical Committee agenda, reports, 1959-1968; circulars, minutes and agenda, 1965-1968 (MSS.365/CRSS).

Forge Masters' Association: Constitution papers, 1937-1963; Papers regarding the Forge Masters' Associations, 1954; National Forge Masters' Association, 1954-1965; English and Scottish Forge Masters Association, 1962; Midland Forge Masters' Association, 1962; Federated Forge Masters, 1962; Forge Masters Correspondence, 1964-1965(MSS.365/FMA).

Heavy Steel Associations: minutes 1960-1965 (MSS.365/HSA).

Iron Plate Makers' Association: Print Book including Articles of Association, 1898 (MSS.365/IPM).

Iron and Steel Board, 1955-1968 (MSS.365ISB).

Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain: Annual Accounts, 1951-1952; papers, 1953 (MSS.365/ISC).

Iron and Steel Holding and Realisation Agency: John Baker and Bessemer Ltd, Compensation Claim papers and other papers 1953-1968 (MSS.365/ISH).

Iron and Steel Makers of North-East Coast: Minutes,1920-1934 (MSS.365/ISM).

Iron and Steel Trades Employers' Association (ISTEA), 1922-1970, (MSS.365/IST).

Light Rolled Steel Products Conference, 1945-1968 (MSS.365/LRS).

Midland Angle Makers Association: Minutes, 1927-1933 (MSS.365/MAM).

Midland Steel Angle Makers' Association: Rules, 1905; Regulations, 1905-1916 (MSS.365/MSA).

Midland and Welsh Steel Makers' Association: Minutes, 1933-1965 (MSS.365/MWS).

National Advisory Council on Industry: Correspondence, 1946-1963; minutes, 1960-1963 (MSS.365/NAC).

National Association of Re-Rollers: General meetings, 1934-1968; Executive Committee papers, 1943-1968; accounts, 1944-1966; circulars, minutes, agenda, correspondence, 1958-1968 (MSS.365/NAR).

National Billet Association: Minutes of Sectional Associations including the Tube Steel Association, the Basic Special Billet Association, and the British Sheet Bar Makers Association, and others, 1929-1968; General Meetings minutes, 1933-1968; Executive Committee minutes, 1934-1966; Billet Prices and Extras Committee minutes, 1937-1966; Export committees minutes, 1966-1968; various committees minutes, 1967-1968; Management Committee minutes, 1966-1968 (MSS.365/NBA).

National Council of Associated Ironmasters, Minutes, 1918-1945 (MSS.365/NCA).

National Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers, 1919-1934, (MSS.365/NFI)

National Joint Craftsmen's Committee: Minutes,1948-1962 (MSS.365/NJC).

North East Coast Allied Craftsmen: Minutes, 1920-1962 (MSS.365/NECA).

North East Coast Bricklayers and Bricklayers' Labourers Minutes, 1919-1968 (MSS.365/NECB).

North East Coast and Scottish Steel Makers' Association: Signed minutes, 1959-1965 (MSS.365/NECS).

North East Coast Steel Makers' Association: Joint and Committee minutes, 1908-1965; signed minutes, Plate section minutes, 1916-1922; 1931-1935; Managing Committee papers, 1954-1955 (MSS.365/NECSM).

North East District Angle Makers' Association: Minutes, 1905-1922 (MSS.365/NEDA).

North East District Steel Angle Makers' Association, Indices: Angle Section, 1908-1915; Regulations, 1905-1916; commencement, 1905-1907 (MSS.365/NEDS).

North of England Iron Manufacturers' Association: Minute books volumes 1-4, 1865-1924 (MSS.365/NEI).

North of England Iron and Steel Manufacturers' Association 1895-1921 (MSS.365/NEI).

Scottish Steel Makers' Association (MSS.365/SSM)

Sheet Trade Board/Galvanising Conciliation Board: Memos, 1941-1942; Memos, 1941-1942; Rules, 1942-1953, annual returns, 1942-1970; Joint Benevolent Fund Minutes,1943-1970; Annual Meetings of the Sheet Makers Conference, 1953-1968 (MSS.365/STB)

Siemen's Steel Ingot Making Trade of the North of England and West of Scotland: Minute book vol 1, 1893-1901 (MSS.365/SSI).

Steel Association: Agreements between the Steelmakers and Stockholding Merchants, 1897-1901; Joint minutes between North East Coast of England Steelmakers Association, Midland Steel Anglemakers Association, Scottish Steelmakers association, 1906-1918; Articles of Agreement dated 1913, 1897-1916; Reports, 1932; Structural Engineers Agreement, 1934-1951; minutes of agreements between Steelmakers and Structural Engineers, 1936-1969 (MSS.365/SA).

Steel Ingot Makers' Association: (MSS.365/SIM)

Steel Plate Makers' Association: Minutes,1897-1907 (MSS.365/SPM).

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers was formed in 1918, bringing together the 40 or so associations and well over 400 companies. In 1934, as a condition of substantial tariff protection for the British industry, the government caused the industry to form a stronger central association, the British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF). After the war, during which the industry's output was tightly controlled by government, the Federation re-emerged with the task of making a development plan for the post war industry, a plan which was in fact implemented very substantially over the next ten years. It remained a federation of mostly quite small, often local, associations which conducted the day-to-day affairs of their sections of the industry with significant independence, but with advice from a large central federation staff on technical matters including research and standards, statistics, training, market development, exports, procurement of raw materials for virtually the whole industry and policy towards government.

The Federation survived the nugatory nationalisation of 1951 but then had to adapt itself, following denationalisation in 1953, to a new statutory control regime principally consisting of an Iron and Steel Board, which had powers to set maximum prices for steel and to control the industry's plant development. The Iron and Steel Act of 1967 brought the 14 largest steel companies, representing about 90 per cent of the UK's steelmaking capacity, into public ownership as the British Steel Corporation. The other companies within the industry, numbering about 140 and representing about 15 per cent of the total industry (the remaining steelmakers plus the processors), responded immediately to the inevitable disappearance of the British Iron and Steel Federation by forming The British Independent Steel Producers Association (BISPA).

In 1988, after a period of profound rationalisation, British Steel Corporation was privatised to become British Steel plc. BISPA and British Steel worked ever closer together with government, Europe and in many other areas, culminating in 1993 in British Steel joining the Association which then changed its name to the British Iron and Steel Producers Association (see MSS.383). In 1997, because of an increased emphasis on promoting the success of the UK steel industry to the public, BISPA changed its name to the UK Steel Association

Reference: Ian Blakely OBE, A History of UK Steel Industry Associations (http://www.uksteel.org.uk/history.htm).  Accessed May 2002

Arrangement

The archive is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

A 30 year closure rule applies to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in a series of deposits from 1995-1999.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A box list is also available in paper format. Collection level descriptions also exist for the following constituent parts of the archive: Scottish Steel Makers' Association (MSS.365/SSM); British Steel Corporation (MSS.365/BSC); British Steel Producers' Conference (MSS.365/BSP); Iron and Steel Board (MSS.365/ISB); Iron and Steel Trades Employers' Association (MSS.365/IST); Light Rolled Steel Products Conference (MS.365/LRS); North of England Iron and Steel Manufacturers' Association (MSS.365/NEI); National Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers (MSS.365/NEI); Steel Ingot Makers' Association (MSS.365/SIM); British Iron and Steel Federation (MSS.365/BIS).

Authority records exist for Angle Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR1916), Board of Arbitration and Conciliation for North of England Manufactured Iron Trade (GB 152 AAR1917), British Heavy Steel Association (GB 0152 AAR1918), British Iron and Steel Federation (GB 152 AAR1895), British Steel Corporation (GB 152 AAR1444), British Steel Producers Conference (GB 0152 AAR1919), British Iron and Steel Corporation Ltd (GB 152 AAR1920), British Iron and Steel Research Association (GB 152 AAR1921), British Joist Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR1922), British Light Steel Association (GB 0152 AAR1923), British Steel Work Association (GB 152 AAR1924), Central Council of Iron and Steel Employers (GB 152 AAR1925), Cleveland Ironmasters' Association (GB 152 AAR1926), Cold Rolled Steel Strip Association (GB 152 AAR2123), Cold Rolled Steel Strip Export Group (GB 152 AAR2124), Forge Masters Association (GB 152 AAR2125), Iron Plate Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2126), Iron and Steel Board (GB 152 AAR2122), Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain (GB 152 AAR2128), Iron and Steel Holding and Realisation Agency (GB 152 AAR2129), Iron and Steel Makers of North-East Coast (GB 152 AAR2130), Iron and Steel Trades Employers' Association (GB 0152 AAR1792), Light Rolled Steel Products Conference (GB 152 AAR2121), Midland and Welsh Steel Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2131), Midland Angle Makers Association (GB 152 AAR2133), Midland Steel Angle Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2132), National Council of Associated Ironmasters (GB 0152 AAR2136), National Advisory Council on Industry (GB 152 AAR2134), National Association of Re-Rollers (GB 152 AAR2135), National Billet Association (GB 152 AAR2137), National Federation of Iron and Steel Manufacturers (GB 152 AAR1894), North East Coast and Scottish Steel Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2138), North East Coast Bricklayers and Bricklayers' Labourers (GB 152 AAR2139), North East Coast Steel Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2140), North East District Angle Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2141), North East District Steel Angle Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2142), North of England Iron and Steel Manufacturers' Association (GB 152 AAR2105), North of England Iron Manufacturers' Association (GB 152 AAR2143), Scottish Steel Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2107), Siemen's Steel Ingot Making Trade of the North of England and West of Scotland (GB 152 AAR2144), Steel Ingot Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2104), Steel Plate Makers' Association (GB 152 AAR2145), Steel Association (GB 152 AAR2147).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Accruals

Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

Papers of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation are located in the Modern Records Centre at MSS.036. Papers of the UK Steel Association and some predecessors are located in the Modern Records Centre at MSS.383.

Corporate Names