The collection contains material concerning ASOLMAW and the smaller groups that merged into it. Most prominent of these is ASOLM. It is possible to trace its development from inception in the early 1850s, until 1973 and the incorporation of ASOLMAW with the National Union of Hosiery and Knitwear Workers.
The collection includes complete series of accounts and minute books, split between the accruals, together with papers concerning membership, national insurance, and rules. Also present is official correspondence with employers, various trade associations and official bodies, as well as Board of Conciliation minute books, 1876-1903, and some arbitration awards.
Occasional records from local branches, including Beeston, Ilkeston and Long Eaton, are included.