Tobacco Workers' Union

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Tobacco Workers' Union : Minutes, 1904-86; delegate meetings 1948-84 (incomplete); accounts, 1933-71 (incomplete); membership register, 1919-24; annual reports, 1881-1970; rule books, 1877-1980; agreements, 1919-77; Tobacco Worker, 1947-72; branch minutes: Glasgow No.1, 1945-54; Liverpool No.2, 1956-9; London, 1881-98 and 1956-64 (MSS.101/TW).

National Cigar and Tobacco Workers' Union : rules, 1919; centenary souvenir, 1933 (MSS.101/TW/6/1).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Tobacco Workers' Union was established in 1834 as a craft union, the Friendly Society of Operative Tobacconists. In 1836 it became the United Tobacconists' Society and in 1881 the United Kingdom Operative Tobacconists' Society. It adopted the name, the Tobacco Workers' Union, when it decided to open itself up to a broader membership base in 1925. In 1946 it absorbed the National Cigar and Tobacco Workers' Union. It became part of the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section in 1986.

Reference: The Tobacco Workers' Union. Tobacco Workers' Union, 1984.

Conditions Governing Access

Written permission is required before access. 10 year closure rule applied to all deposits; 20 years for some. MSF approval to be obtained before publication. Please contact the Centre's staff.

Archivist's Note

The records form part of the archive of Manufacturing, Science, Finance (MSS.101).

Authority files exist for the Tobacco Workers' Union (GB 152 AAR671) and its predecessors : the United Kingdom Operative Tobacconists' Society (GBR 0152 AAR685); the United Tobacconists' Society (GBR 0152 AAR686); the Friendly Society of Operative Tobacconists (GBR 0152 AAR687); and the related organisation, the National Cigar and Tobacco Workers' Union (GBR 0152 AAR688).

Custodial History

Seven boxes of material were placed on indefinite loan in the Centre by Manufacturing, Science, Finance on the 6th July 1990. Additional publications were added to the archive on the 9th December 1993.