National Graphical Association

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1969-85; some publications, 1968-80; national circulars and agreements, 1940-74 (MSS.39/NG; MSS.39G/NG and MSS.39K/NG).

Papers of R. Willis, joint general secretary of the NGA, 1939-63 (MSS.39F).

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Graphical Association was formed in 1963 by the merger of the Typographical Association and the London Typographical Society. During the 1960s a number of smaller trade unions transferred their engagements to the National Graphical Association. These were the Association of Correctors of the Press in 1965, the National Union of Press Telegraphists in 1965, the National Society of Electrotypers and Stereotypers in 1967 and the Amalgamated Society of Lithographic Printers and Auxiliaries in 1969. In 1979 the National Union of Wallcoverings, Decorative and Allied Trades transferred its engagements to the National Graphical Association. The union merged with the Society of Lithographic Artists, Designers, Engravers and process Workers in 1982 to form the National Graphical Association (1982).

Reference: John Gennard, A history of the National Graphical Association. London : Unwin Hyman, 1990.

Conditions Governing Access


Archivist's Note

Print union records were assigned one of two manuscript numbers. MSS.28 was given to those archives derived from the NGA London Region and MSS.39 to those derived from the NGA nationally. Subsequently MSS.39 was also used for the archives of all other national print unions, including SOGAT and Natsopa. Initially 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. For more recent deposits this system was changed. It was replaced by a letter or letters following a slash which indicated a sub-unit of the print unions. In this way MSS.39/NG represents the National Graphical Association even though records of the National Graphical Association can be found at MSS.39G/NG and MSS.39K/NG as well as at MSS.39/NG. An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR61).

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to make substantial use of the deposit should contact the Graphical, Paper and Media Union Education Officer. Please consult one of the Centre's archivist.

Custodial History

The National Graphical Association began depositing its records of those of its predecessor bodies on indefinite loan in the Centre in 1974.


Various, see accessions card.