Typographical Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various series of minutes, 1849-1965; various series of reports, 1850-1963; Monthly Circular, 1852-1967; selected correspondence files, 1949-66; members' and reference registers, circulars, rule books, memorials re wages and hours, 1863-1919.

National Typographical Association: Midland district minutes, 1845-48 (MSS.39/TA/1/1/1).

The Typographical Association rule book collection (MSS 39D/TA) includes the following South Wales items: South Wales group rules, 1950 and undated (MSS 39D/TA/12-13), branch rule books for: Aberdare, 1952; Cardiff, 1949 and 1959; Newport, 1952; Pontypool, 1950; Rhondda Valleys, 1961 and Swansea, 1948 (MSS 39D/TA/4/6) and the South Wales Typographical Association, fair list (of firms employing union members), undated booklet (MSS 39D/TA/4/8/25)

Administrative / Biographical History

The Typographical Association was established in 1849 as a successor to the Northern Typographical Union and the National Typographical Association. In 1963 it amalgamated with the London Typographical Society to form the National Graphical Association. In 1991 the Association amalgamated with the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades to form the Graphical, Paper and Media Union.

Reference: A.E. Musson, The Typographical Association. ( London, 1954.).

Arrangement

Print union records were assigned one of two manuscript numbers. MSS.28 was given to those archives derived from the National Graphical Association London Region, and MSS.39 to those derived from the National Graphical Association nationally. The manuscript number was given a letter after it to indicate the order in which the deposit arrived in the Centre. Therefore MSS.39A is the first deposit followed by MSS.39B, etc. Subsequently MSS.39 was also used for the archives of all other national print unions, including the Society Of Graphical and Allied Trades and the National Society of Operative Printers, Graphical and Media Personnel. Within each deposit the archives of the different trade unions are indicated by letters following the slash. Thus MSS.39/TA represents the Typographical Association and MSS.39/SO represents the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

Researchers wishing to make substantial use of the deposit should contact the Graphical, Paper and Media Union Education Officer. Please consult the Centre for further information.

Acquisition Information

The National Graphical Association began depositing the records of its predecessor, the Typographical Association in the Centre in 1974.

Other Finding Aids

Part of the archive was catalogued to file level by Richard Storey in 1977 (MSS.39D) and David Mayall and Richard Storey in 1978 (MSS.39A and B). A copy of the catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's. A copy of this collection level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for the Typographical Association (GB 152 AAR0136), the National Graphical Association (GB 152 AAR0061), the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (GB 152 AAR0136) and the London Typographical Society (GB 152 AAR0135).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds records of the National Graphical Association and its constituents (main deposit at MSS.39A and MSS.39B), the Society Of Graphical and Allied Trades (MSS.39/SOG), the National Society of Operative Printers, Graphical and Media Personnel (MSS.39/NAT), the records of the National Graphical Association: London Region and predecessors (MSS.28), the Printing and Kindred Trades Federation (MSS.43), and the British Printing Industries Federation, 1907-96 (MSS.375).