Institute of Personnel Management (IPM), earlier the Central Association of Welfare Workers (Industrial) (1917-1919), the Welfare Workers' Institute (1919-1924), the Institute of Industrial Welfare Workers (1924-1931) and the Institute of Labour Management (1931-1946)

Scope and Content

This collection contains: correspondence and papers concerning articles of association, 1931-1935; council and various committee minutes and papers, 1913-1965; financial records, 1935-1957; membership figures, 1913-1968; Welfare Work'/'Journal of the Institute of Labour Management'/'Journal of the Institute of Personnel Management', 1920-1962; Members' Bulletins, 1952-1964; various publications of the IPM and its predecessors, 1925-1985; business histories, c1900-c1950; various external publications, 1912-1963; records of the Liverpool Welfare Workers' Association, 1916-1919, the London Association of Welfare Workers/London branch of the Central Association of Welfare Workers (later the Welfare Workers' Institute), 1919-1920, the Midlands region committee, 1946-1963, the Scottish branch of Welfare Workers' Institute, 1921-1943, the Scottish Association of Welfare Workers (Women), 1917-1921, and the Scottish Society of Welfare Supervisors, 1918-1924.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Institute of Personnel Management derived from a conference held at York in 1913. The conference wanted to improve working and social conditions and to consider workers as individuals. Its continuous existence as a central organisation dates from a later conference held at Leeds in 1917 when the name of the Central Association of Welfare Workers (Industrial) was adopted. On 28 November 1919, it amalgamated with the North Western Area Industrial Welfare Association and the Welfare Workers' Institute to form a new Welfare Workers' Institute. The institute changed its name a further three times, first in 1924 to the Institute of Industrial Welfare Workers, in 1931 to the Institute of Labour Management, and in 1946 to the Institute of Personnel Management. Merger with the Institute of Training and Development on 1 July 1994 led to the adoption of the title of the Institute of Personnel and Development. The Institute of Personnel and Development became the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) on 1 July 2000. In 2002 the CIPD had 110,000 members.

It should be noted that M.M. Niven comments in her book, 'Personnel Management 1913-1963' (London, 1967) on the destruction of "many useful papers" on the requisitioning of the Institute's office in June 1940 (p.104).

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Most of these papers were deposited in the Centre by the Institute in May 1975, December 1975, July 1978, and December 1984. Those of the Birmingham branch (MSS.112) were deposited by the branch in 1975 and those of the Midland region with references beginning MSS.211 were deposited by the region in 1980.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

The text of any publication based on unpublished records is to be submitted to the Director of the Institute before publication.

Related Material

Records of the British Association for Commercial and Industrial Education

Records of the Staff Management Association

Papers of Miss F A F Livingstone

Papers of Mr A C Marshall

Papers of Miss A M Smyth

Papers of W H McIndoe Jackson, OBE