Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Representative council proceedings, 1917-77 (incomplete); conference proceedings (several series), 1923-79; The Draughtsman, 1918-76 (incomplete); DATA News, 1963-73, 1978-84; technical pamphlets, 1920-77; salary census, 1953-61, 1967-86; miscellaneous publications, 1934-91; Colchester branch: minutes, 1928-48; Lea Valley branch: minutes, 1956-72; Stevenage branch: minutes 1982-3.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen was established in 1913. In 1922 it took into membership the Tracers' Association (an all-female union). In 1961 it was renamed the Draughtsmen and Allied Technicians' Association (DATA). In 1970 DATA amalgamated with the Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers and the Constructional Engineering Union to become the Technical and Supervisory Section of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers, renamed AUEW (Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section) in 1971. In 1985 the amalgamation was dissolved and TASS merged with several other unions. In 1988 it merged with the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs to become Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSF).

Reference: J.E. Mortimer, A history of the Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen.London, 1960.

Conditions Governing Access

Written permission is required before access. 10 year closure rule applied to all deposits; 20 years for some. MSF approval to be obtained before publication. Please contact the Centre's staff.

Archivist's Note

The union is listed as part of the Manufacturing, Science, Finance deposit. Authority files exist for the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (GB 152 AAR515) and its predecessors : the Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen (GBR 0152 AAR517); and the Draughtsmen and Allied Technicians' Association (GBR 0152 AAR516).

Custodial History

The initial deposit of TASS material was made in 1975 when the union formed a section of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers. TASS material in the Centre is deposited on indefinite loan; accruals are detailed below.

Accruals

  • 10th March 1986 : national agreements, journals, files collected by Richard Storey.
  • 25th November 1986 : journals collected by Richard Storey.
  • 9th December 1993 : journals collected by Richard Storey.
  • 17th April 1996 : branch minute books delivered by post.