Alfred Best Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence files, 1919-61; papers of related organisations, 1920-76; some subject files, 1926-71;tape-recording of reminiscences of Alfred A. Best, vice-chairman of NAULAW, 1976.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1892, Best first took up insurance work in 1914. After a period of war service, he joined the National Amalgamated Union of Life Assurance Workers in 1919. He first held the position of secretary and later chairman of Ilford branch, and in 1922 became secretary of the London District Council. Subsequently, he held the positions of LDC Treasurer and Chairman. Best later became a member of the NAULAW General Executive Council, from 1929-1951, was elected Vice-Chairman for 15 years and became acting President. Away from the Union, Best was also Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the British Association for the Hard of Hearing. He died in 1987.

Reference: Accessions file for GB 152 141

Conditions Governing Access


Archivist's Note

The Centre also holds records relating to the National Amalgamated Union of Life Assurance Workers (MSS.144), and to its members Frank Crump (MSS.144), S.P. Long (MSS.142), Albert Vandome (MSS.158) and George W. Vandome (MSS.166). Authority files exist for Alfred Best (GB 152 AAR0737), Frank Crump (GBR 0152 AAR0739), S.P. Long (GBR 0152 AAR0740), Albert Vandome (GBR 0152 AAR0741), George W. Vandome (GBR 0152 AAR0742), NAULAW (GBR 0152 AAR0743), Scottish Legal (English, Irish and Welsh) Assurance Agents Association (GBR 0152 AAR0744), National Life Assurance Agents Association (GBR 0152 AAR0745), Wesleyan and General Life Assurance Agents Association (GBR 0152 AAR0746), Prudential Life Assurance Agents Association (GBR 0152 AAR0747), Blackburn Philanthropic Assurance Agents Association (GBR 0152 AAR0748), National Federation of Insurance Workers (GBR 0152 AAR0752) and National Union of Insurance Workers (GBR 0152 AAR0753).

Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the Centre by Alfred Best in 1976, and subsequently donated to it by his son, Adrian Best.

Personal Names