General Union of Carpenters and Joiners

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1918-20; various series of reports, 1866-1920; rulebooks, 1863, 1874; membership registers, 1894-1920; some branch records, 1845-1914.

Administrative / Biographical History

The General Union of Carpenters and Joiners was founded in 1827 as the Friendly Society of Operative House Carpenters and Joiners of Great Britain and Ireland. It was also known as the Friendly Operative Carpenters and Joiners' General Union of Great Britain. The union merged with the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters, Cabinetmakers and Joiners to form the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers in 1921.

Reference: T.J. Connelly, The woodworkers, 1860-1960.Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, 1960

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been listed as part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. Authority files exist for the General Union of Carpenters and Joiners (GB 152 AAR437) and its predecessor, the Friendly Society of Operative House Carpenters and Joiners of Great Britain and Ireland (GBR 0152 AAR438).

The Centre also holds the records of the London branch of the General Union of Carpenters and Joiners (MSS.170) .

Custodial History

The General Union of Carpenters and Joiners' papers form part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians archive. The initial deposit was made in 1974 and accruals are listed under the entry for the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (MSS.78/UC) .