Society of Post Office Executives

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Executive reports, 1930-47; executive minutes, 1920-36; conference reports, 1920-36; amalgamation report, 1940-2; publications; rulebooks; London Power branch: minutes, 1946-74; secretary's corres., 1946-75; Regional Engineering Whitley Council minutes, 1946-70.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society of Post Office Engineering Inspectors was founded in 1910. At some time thereafter its name was changed to the Society of Post Office Executives. In 1942 it amalgamated with the Society of Post Office Engineering Chief Inspectors and became the Society of Post Office Engineering Inspectorate. In 1947 some staffs from the Hull Telephone Corporation were assimilated and the name was changed to the Society of Telecommunication Engineers. This society amalgamated with the Telecommunication Traffic Officers' Association in 1969 to form the Association of Post Office Executives. An instrument of amalgamation was effected with the Society of Post Office Engineers in 1972 when the name of the organisation was again changed to the Society of Post Office Executives. In 1975 the Telecommunications Sales Superintendents' Association transferred its engagements to the society. Since 1982/3 the union has been known as the Society of Telecom Executives.

Reference: Richard Storey and Janet Druker, Guide to the Modern Records Centre.Coventry : University of Warwick, 1977.

Conditions Governing Access

Open but any intended publication to be submitted to union.

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for the Society of Post Office Executives (GB 152 AAR1088) and its predecessors : the Association of Post Office Executives (GBR 0152 AAR1089); the Society of Post Office Engineering Inspectorate (GBR 0152 AAR1090); the Society of Post Office Executives (GBR 0152 AAR1092); and the Society of Post Office Engineering Inspectors(GBR 0152 AAR1093). Furthermore an authority file exists for its successor, the Society of Telecom Executives(GBR 0152 AAR1086).

Many records relating to the Society of Post Office Executives are located with the records of Arthur Willit, the Society's former president, in the Centre (MSS.116). Related organisations which have records located at the Centre include : the Union of Communication Workers (MSS.148/UCW) ; the National Communications Union (MSS.135C) ; the Council of Post Office Unions (MSS.89) ; the British Telecommunications Union Council (MSS.260) ; the Post Office Engineering Federation (MSS.120) ; and the Communication Managers' Association (MSS.225/CM) .

Custodial History

Four volumes of minutes and circulars were delivered to the Centre on the 8th March 1976 by Mrs Thomas, Office Organiser at the Society of Post Office Executives. The material is deposited on indefinite loan. Accruals are listed below.

Accruals

  • 19th May 1976 : 3 boxes of minutes and publications collected by Janet Druker from the Society of Post Office Executives office [indefinite loan];
  • 1st October 1987 : 17 bundles of files, publications and minutes books collected by unaccompanied van from Mr Mussett of the Communication Managers' Association [indefinite loan].

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