Papers of the Industrial Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes a large series of subject 'archive' files including papers on Jubilee celebrations, 1921-1978; the "I'm Backing Britain" campaign, 1967-1979; the Peter Runge House Appeal, 1970-1975; Duke of Edinburgh Study Conferences, 1966-1980; the Royal Charter, 1967-1986; papers relating to the proposed closure of the British Rail Engineering Workshops in Swindon, 1984-1986; Industrial Society Overseas visits, 1964-1984, South African visits, 1972-1983; correspondence and papers for various campaigns and events, 1965-1986.

Other papers in the collection include correspondence with individual members and officials,1925-1985; training course prospectuses and programmes, 1920-1984; historical papers, 1918-1981; 'history box files' including annual and other reports and various publications and pamphlets, 1918-1988; press-cuttings, 1918-1988; and journals, Industrial Welfare, Industrial Welfare and Personnel Management, Industrial Society .

Administrative / Biographical History

The Boys' Welfare Society was founded in 1918 by the Reverend Robert Hyde. In 1919 it became the Industrial Welfare Society, and in 1965 it took its present name. The Society's principal activities have been in the field of personnel management. In particular it has conducted many training courses and produced a wide variety of publications. In doing so it has endeavoured to avoid a partisan or anti-union approach.


The collection was arranged by the Industrial Society, and files retain their original references.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the centre by the Industrial Society in November 1989

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A paper box list to part of the archive is available in the Centre's searchroom and was supplied by the Industrial Society.

Catalogued to file level .

Authority records exist for the Boys' Welfare Society (GB 0152 AAR 1812), the Industrial Welfare Society (GB 152 AAR 1813), and the Industrial Society (GB 152 AAR 1811).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

Minute books and photograph albums are retained by the Society. The journals of the Boys' Welfare Society; The Boys' Welfare Journal, and The Boys' Welfare Journal and Industrial Welfare Journal are available on microfilm in the University of Warwick Library.