The National Federation of the Blind

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The National Federation of the Blind, United Kingdom, executive minutes, 1947-77; sub-committee minutes, 1952-6; presidents address to annual conferences, 1954-69; accounts, 1947-69; Annual Delegate Conference Papers, 1948-81; correspondence and subject files, 1962-83. (Topics include education, government provision for the those with disabilities, income, submissions to various commissions and taxation); Viewpoint,(a Braille journal) 1953-79; Annual Reports, 1974-81.

Records of local and regional branches of the Federation including, branch minutes and correspondence, 1954-90s, including the Shrewsbury branch minutes and accounts, 1954-66; Leicester branch financial records and correspondence, 1950s-1960s; Medway branch financial records, 1963-6; Bristol branch minutes, reports and correspondence, 1966-75; Coventry branch records, especially concerning mobility problems, 1980s-90s.

Warwickshire Action Group for the Blind, World Council for the Welfare of the Blind and various publications from other organisations, including some from overseas, 1950s-70s.

Royal National Institute for the Blind, circulated minutes and papers of the Executive Committee and other Committees, 1975-80.

Working Party on the Integration of the Disabled (The Snowden Committee), circulated minutes and reports, 1975-9.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Federation of the Blind (United Kingdom) was established in 1947 to promote the welfare of blind and partially sighted people, particularly as regards education, mobility and employment. The Federation is a campaigning organisation and not in competition with agencies providing services for blind and partially sighted people. The Federation is represented on many agencies serving the blind, including the World Blind Union, the European Blind Union and other official bodies. The Federation is regularly consulted by central and local government as well as other organisation on issues of concern to blind and partially sighted people. Branches are situated in many parts of the United Kingdom and there is also a central (or postal) branch


The majority of the papers are uncatalogued, a box list is available for a small part of the collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Individual case papers are closed. Please contact the Centre for further details.

Acquisition Information

The first part of this collection was deposited in the Centre by the National Federation of the Blind in 1977. Since then the Federation, and Dr. Fred Reid and Mr C.M Low (both former presidents of NFB) have deposited additional material.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A limited box list of part of the collection (1979 deposit) is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for National Federation of the Blind (GB 0152 AAR1309), the National League of the Blind and Disabled (GB 152 AAR1308) and Warwickshire Action Group for the Blind (GB 152 AAR2026).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

No appraisal, destruction or scheduling has taken place


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

The Centre also holds the papers of the National League of the Blind (MSS.349), The Disabled Income Group (MSS.108) and the papers of Dr Fred Reid (MSS.99).