The Bradford Dyers' Association Archive, compiled by James Ewing

Scope and Content

Company reports 1916-1962 (incomplete), with cuttings on the Viyella group 1966-1969. Speeches, articles, letters to the press and cuttings 1930-1961 on trade federations, industry regulation, and the structure of B.D.A. Typescript of a paper, "Some aspects of the coal question", given in 1926 to a Bradford discussion group (Mr. Ewing was a director of the Bradford Coal Merchants' and Consumers' Association Ltd.). Selected articles on economics from the Manchester Guardian 1934-1937. "Output, employment and wages in the United Kingdom, 1924, 1930, 1935", by G.L. Schwartz and E.C. Rhodes (Royal Economic Society's memorandum no. 75, 1938). Typed excerpts from the Board of Trade journal, February 1938, relating to the balance of trade.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Ewing was Joint Managing Director of The Bradford Dyers' Association Ltd from 1946 to 1958 and Chairman from 1946 to his retirement in 1962. From 1932 onwards his work was deeply involved with trade federations; initially with the Piece Dyers' Association and the Artificial Silk Dyers' Federation, later with the formation of groups such as the Flat Dyed Rayon Group, and after the war with the Confederation of Textile Designers & Finishers. Bradford Dyers' Association was taken over by the Viyella group in 1964.

Access Information

Available to all researchers, by appointment.

Acquisition Information

Donated in 1993 by Mrs. R. Willis, daughter of Mr. Ewing


In English

Other Finding Aids

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