Archive of the Tariff Reform League

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Publications by the League, including monthly notes on tariff reform, 1904-1911; War Notes, The Tariff Reformer, 1915-1916 and Empire Monthly, 1917-1918; related publications, 1909, 1913.

Administrative / Biographical History

Established in 1903, the Tariff Reform League (closely allied to the Imperial Tarrif Committee, the Birmingham based organisation which it eventually superseded) was set up as a protectionist pressure group, supporting, in particular, Joseph Chamberlain's proposal for Preferential Treatment with the Colonies. At its most active, the League was well organised and many local branches and a few women's sections were. The League went out of existence some time after the First World War. Its work of propaganda was taken up by other organisations in the 1920s, notably the Empire Industries Association.

Reference: Finding aid to the collection.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the League in 1981.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority record exists for the Tariff Reform League (GB 152 AAR2176).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

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