United Machine Workers' Association

Scope and Content

Executive Council minutes, 1914-1916; registers of members, 1865-1916;proposition book, 1882-1893; and annual reports, 1873-1920.

Administrative / Biographical History

The United Machine Workers' Association was founded in Manchester in 1844. The Union was in constant conflict with the Amalgamated Society of Engineers due to the representative trades and members being virtually the same. The Union was a founder member of the Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades in 1891 and by 1914 represented some 14,000 members. The members eventually agreed to merge in 1920 to form the Amalgamated Engineering Union.

Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan Historical Directory of Trade Unions( London; 1984).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/

Acquisition Information

These papers form part of a large collection www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/ead/259col.htm" linktype="simple">(MSS.259)that has been deposited in the Modern Records Centre over a number of years. Most of the Records came from the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Engineering Section). The first deposits were made in 1984 with further deposits made up to 1997. 1157/9 was transferred from the Working Class Movement Library, Salford in February 2017.

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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.

Related Material

These papers constitute part of a large collection of related papers that have been deposited in the Modern Records Centre over a long period of time. For a full listing of these Trade Unions see www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/ead/259umb.htm" linktype="simple">(MSS.259/UMB).