Papers of the Federation of Sailmakers of Great Britain and Ireland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minute books, 1889-99; minutes of conferences, 1892-1918 (incomplete); some balance sheets, 1890-1923; correspondence, 1890-1923; rule books. Also includes correspondence of Cardiff Sailmakers' Society, 1903-1920.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Federation of Sailmakers of Great Britain and Ireland was founded in 1889, when it took into membership existing sailmakers' friendly societies in a number of ports. In time its headquarters came to be fixed in Hull. The First World War and changes in the industry brought a gradual decline of the Federation leading to its cessation in 1926/7.


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The archive was purchased by the Centre from K. Books, Waplington Hall, Allerthorpe in March 1975. A minute book and a few further items of correspondence were given by K. Books.

Other Finding Aids

The archive was catalogued to file level by Richard Storey in July 1975. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for the Federation of Sailmakers of Great Britain and Ireland (GB 152 AAR1372).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

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