Halifax Industrial Society Limited

Scope and Content

Printed Report and Balance Sheets for the Industrial Society, later the Halifax Co-operative Society. Includes information for customers; advertisements for food, clothing and furniture; financial information and agendas for half-yearly meetings.

With 2 additional leaflets, as noted below, relating to the cost of living during the First World War and Unemployment Insurance during the Great Depression.

Incomplete series. Includes:

No. 103. June 1902

No. 105 June 1903

No. 106 Dec 1903

No. 107 June 1904

No. 108 Dec 1904

No. 109 July 1905

No. 110 Dec 1905

No. 111 June 1906

No. 112 Jan 1907

No. 113 July 1907

No. 114 Jan 1908

No. 115 July 1908

No. 116 Jan 1909

No. 117 July 1909

No. 118 Jan 1910

No. 120 Jan 1911 (2 copies)

No. 121 July 1911 (2 copies)

No. 122 Jan 1912

No. 123 June 1912 (2 copies)

No. 124 Dec 1912 (2 copies)

No. 125 June 1913

No. 126 Dec 1913

No. 127 June 1914

No. 128 Dec 1914

No. 129 June 1915

No. 130 Dec 1915

No. 131 July 1916

No. 132 Dec 1916

No. 133 June 1917

No. 134 Dec 1917

No. 135 June 1918

No. 136 Dec 1918

No. 138 Dec 1919

No. 139 June 1920

No. 141 June 1921

No. 142 Dec 1921

No. 143 June 1922

No. 144 Dec 1922

No. 145 June 1923

No. 146 Dec 1923

No. 147 June 1924

No. 148 Dec 1924

No. 149 June 1925

No. 150 Dec 1925

No. 151 June 1926

No. 152 Dec 1926

No. 153 June 1927

No. 154 Dec 1927

No. 155 June 1928

No. 156 Dec 1928

No. 157 June 1929

No. 158 Dec 1929

No.159 June 1930

No. 162 Dec1931

No. 163 June 1932

No. 164 Dec 1932

No. 165 June 1933

No. 166 Dec 1933

No. 167 June 1934

No. 168 Dec 1934

No. 169 June 1935

No. 170 Dec 1935

No. 171 June 1936

No. 172 Dec 1936

No. 182 Dec 1941

No. 183 June 1942

No. 184 Dec 1942

No. 185 June 1943

No. 186 Dec 1943 (2 copies)

No. 187 June 1944 (3 copies)

No. 188 Dec 1944 (3 copies)

No. 189 March 1945

No. 190 Sept 1945 (2 copies)

No. 191 March 1946 (3 copies)

No. 199 March 1950 (3 copies) Note: Change of name to Halifax Co-operative Society.

No. 200 Sept 1950 (6 copies)

Additional leaflets:

'War Emergency: Workers' National Committee. Memorandum on the Increased Cost of Living During the War. August 1914- July 1916.' 4th Edition.

'L.E.C. 82/34. Ministry of Labour, Unemployment Insurance (Agriculture) Act, 1936'

Administrative / Biographical History

The Halifax Industrial Society Limited was established in Halifax, West Yorkshire, in 1850. Initially it was known as the Halifax Co-operative Trading Society, before swiftly changing its name to the Halifax Working Men's Co-operative and Provident Society, more usually known as the Halifax Working Men's Co-operative Society. The first President was John Swift and many early members seem to have been involved in the Chartist Movement. It is not known when the Society changed its name to the Halifax Industrial Society, but it was certainly known as such by the 1870s. In 1900 the Society published a history by M Blatchford to commemorate its Silver Jubilee. At some point between 1946 and 1950 the Society changed its name again, this time becoming the Halifax Co-operative Society Ltd.

Conditions Governing Access

Original available for consultation by appointment

Archivist's Note

Copies of these reports do not seem to be held by the National Cooperative Archive. WYAS Calderdale holds archival material for HIS, but their series of reports is also incomplete (Nos. 112-123, 126-130, 133-134). Ref: TU:70/340.

Related Material

Blatchford, Montague, 'The history of the Halifax Industrial Society, Limited, for fifty years: to commemorate the celebration of its jubilee in January, 1901'. Ref No: HXA/490_1_3.