Coventry Trade Union Council (formerly Coventry Trades Council)

Scope and Content

Executive Committee, delegate meetings minutes, 1913-16, 1941-86 (incomplete); other committee minutes, 1954, 1977-85; accounts and balance sheets, 1918-90 (incomplete); annual reports, 1890-1981 (incomplete); correspondence files, 1947-96; journals, 1955-80; rules, 1953-60; papers of William Buxton, vice-Chairman of CTC, c.1919-65; notebooks of John Chater, CTC Secretary, c. 1897-1901; press-cuttings, 1955-69.

Amalgamated Society of Toolmakers, Engineers and Machinists: 2 notebooks of John Chater, Coventry TC, c.1897-c.1901 (MSS.5/6/2).

Administrative / Biographical History

Coventry Trades Council was established in 1889. The first annual report of Coventry Trades Council revealed that its affiliated workers included miners, engineers, gasworkers and elastic web weavers. By the eve of the First World War, forty-six local trade union branches, representing over eight thousand members, were affiliated to the Council. Coventry Trades Council has continued to campaign on national and local issues ever since. In 1993 the Council was renamed Coventry Trade Union Council.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Other Finding Aids

Custodial History

The first deposit of archives of the Coventry Trade Union Council was made in 1973. Subsequent accessions were received in 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1991 and 1997.


Accruals: To date there have been thirty accruals of material. The deposit is on-going.

Related Material

The Board of Trade Library collection, which is also held at the Centre, includes annual reports of the Council, 1892-8, 1900-6.