Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1915-68; cash books, 1949-64; reports, 1921-71; rulebooks, 1921-65; large series of 'copy out-letters', some correspondence and subject files, 1916-67.

Administrative / Biographical History

The society was formed in 1921 from the General Union of Carpenters and Joiners and the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters, Cabinetmakers and Joiners. In 1970 it merged with the Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators to form the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers and Decorators. Later in the same year the society was joined by the Association of Building Technicians. In 1971 the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers and Decorators joined the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers to form the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians.

Reference: T.J. Connelly, The woodworkers, 1860-1960.Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers, 1960

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Archivist's Note

The archive has been listed as part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians. Authority files exist for the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (GB 152 AAR436) and the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers and Decorators (GBR 0152 AAR432). A large series of out-letter files forms part of the deposit and these have been indexed fairly comprehensively.

The records of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers' Birmingham (MSS.126/VB/6/ASW) , London (MSS.170) and Uxbridge (MSS.170) branches are also held in the Centre.

Custodial History

The Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers' papers form part of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians archive. The initial deposit was made in 1974 and accruals are listed under the entry for the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (MSS.78/UC) .