National Federation of Postal and Telegraph Clerks

Scope and Content

This collection includes: Guild of Postal Sorters agendas, annual reports and financial statements, 1922 & 1925; 'The Postal Telegraph', 1921-1923; leaflets, 1921-c1928

Administrative / Biographical History

The Federation, consisting of four guilds, was founded in 1921. The guilds were divided into postal sorters, telephonists, counter clerks' telegraphists and sorting clerks' telegraphists. A split occurred in the Federation in 1930 which resulted in the withdrawal of the Postmaster-General's recognition of the union. As a result it soon collapsed through lack of support.

Reference: Alan Clinton, 'Post Office Workers: a trade union and social history' (London, 1984).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

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Custodial History

The National Federation of Postal and Telegraph Clerks' papers form part of the archive of the Union of Post Office Workers / Union of Communication Workers. The initial deposit relating to this archive was made on 17 February 1977 and accruals are listed under the entry for the Union of Communication Workers (MSS.148/UCW).

Related Material

Postal Telegraph and Linemen's Movement.