Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers' Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Various series of reports, 1857-1961; registration books, 1857-1919; rule books, 1857-1968; rules revision papers, 1924-9, 1955; some correspondence files; some branch records.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers' Society was founded in 1857. In 1963 it amalgamated with the United Society of Boilermakers, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers and the Shipconstructors and Shipwrights' Association to form the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Shipwrights, Blacksmiths and Structural Workers.

Reference: TUC dictionary of abbreviations. London : TUC, 1946.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open.

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR881).

The main archives of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union, including the boilermakers' section, remain with the union at its national college. Some records have, however, been transferred to the Working Class Movement Library, Salford : see Working Class Movement Library, Bulletin, no. 2 (1992), pp. 67-92, for a description of these records. Some records of the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers are also held in the London Archive, Department of Politics, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London. The records of numerous textile unions are in the Lancashire Record Office. Other material is held by the Centre.

Custodial History

The Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers' Society's papers form part of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union archive. The initial deposit related to this archive was made in 1978 and accruals are listed under the entry for the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union (MSS.192/GMB) .