A Catalogue of the Papers of the National Asylum Workers' Union and the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union


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Summary

Administrative/Biographical History

Scope and Content

System of Arrangement

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

Accruals

Access Conditions

Restrictions

Other Information

Language of Material

Additional Sources of Information

Finding Aids

Related Units of Description

Publication Note

Index Headings

Catalogue

A Catalogue of the Papers of the National Asylum Workers' Union and the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union

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Summary

Reference GB 0152 MSS.229/NA
Title Papers of the National Asylum Workers' Union and the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union
Dates of Creation 1910-1946
Held at Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick Library
Extent 0.234 cubic metres
Name of Creator National Asylum Workers' Union; Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union
Level of description File

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Administrative/Biographical History

The National Asylum Workers' Union was founded in 1910 and was renamed the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union in 1935. In 1946 the union merged with the Hospitals and Welfare Services Union to form the Confederation of Health Service Employees.

Reference: M. Carpenter, All for One (COHSE: Banstead, 1980).

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Scope and Content

National Executive Council and other committee minutes, 1919-45; income and expenditure records, 1910-21; staff wages books, 1927-46; claims book, 1921-24; NAWU Magazine, 1920, 1928-35; MHIW Journal, 1935-37, 1941-42.

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System of Arrangement

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/holdings/class/. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

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Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The initial deposit was made by COHSE in October 1981. Subsequent deposits were made in 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1993.

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are expected.

Access Conditions

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Copyright/Reproduction

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

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Other Information

Language of Material

English

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Additional Sources of Information

Finding Aids

This archive has been catalogued to file level. 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.

Authority records exist for the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union (GB 0152 AAR1164) and the National Asylum Workers' Union (GB 0152 AAR1165).

Related Units of Description

The Modern Records Centre also holds the archives of COHSE and the Hospitals and Welfare Services Union (MSS.229).

Publication Note

The official history of COHSE was written using material from the archive: M. Carpenter, All for One (COHSE: Banstead, 1980).

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Index Headings

Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union

National Asylum Workers' Union

Psychiatric hospitals -- Staff -- Labor unions -- Great Britain

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Catalogue

MSS.229/NA

MSS.229/NA/1/1/1 1919 Jan - 1924 Dec

Scope and Content

NAWU Nat. Exec. Council and some cttees.: vol. of signed mins. (duplicated and pasted-in; with pr. report of Ann. Conf. Procs. from NAWU Magazine).

[This volume includes refs. to various amalgamation negotiations, including with the PLWTU.]

MSS.229/NA/1/1/2 1925 Feb - 1929 Nov

Scope and Content

NAWU Nat. Exec. Council and some cttees.: vol. of signed mins.

MSS.229/NA/1/1/3 1930 Jan - 1932 Oct

Scope and Content

NAWU Nat. Exec. Council and some cttees.: vol of signed mins. [Change of name 1930/31.]

MSS.229/NA/1/1/4 1933 Feb - 1935 Dec

Scope and Content

NAWU Nat. Exec. Council and some cttees.: vol of signed mins.

MSS.229/NA/1/1/5 1936 Jan - 1938 Dec

Scope and Content

NAWU Nat. Exec. Council and some cttees.: vol of signed mins

[Includes negotiations with Scottish Painters' Society, Jun 1936.]

MSS.229/NA/1/1/6 1939 Jan - 1944 May

Scope and Content

NAWU Nat. Exec. Council and some cttees.: vol of signed mins.

MSS.229/NA/1/1/7 1944 Jun - 1945 Dec

Scope and Content

NAWU Nat. Exec. Council and some cttees.: vol of signed mins.

[Series concludes with amalgamation decisions.]

NAWU/MHIWU Financial records

MSS.229/NA/2/1/1 1910-13

Scope and Content

NAWU Income expenditure records, 1911-13; followed by income from branches, 1913.

MSS.229/NA/2/3/1 1921 Jan - 1924 Oct

Scope and Content

NAWU : claims book : death claims, superannuation grants, partial disablement, marriage dowries. [Name, age, branch, years of membership, medical condition recorded.]

MSS.229/NA/4/1/1-12 N.A.-W.U. Magazine/M.H.I.W. Journal. 1920, 1928-32, 1934-7, 1941-2

Scope and Content

Bound volumes.

Contents include : lists of branch secs.; head office a/cs bal. sheets; copies of Ann. Return to Registrar; rpts. of Ann. Confs.; lists of benefits paid out.

MSS.229/NA/4/1/1 1920

Scope and Content

N.A.W.U. Magazine

Vol. 9 Incl. details of proposed federation with PLWTU.

MSS.229/NA/4/1/5 1931

Scope and Content

Vol.20 N.A.W.U. Magazine/M.H.I.W. Journal

MSS.229/NA/4/1/11 1941

Scope and Content

Vol.30 M.H.I.W. Journal

[No issues after Jul/Aug]

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MSS.229/6/C/NA

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The following supplementary list describes material deposited in the Centre in 1985 by Mick Carpenter, the historian of COHSE, to whom the Centre is indebted for his co-operation.

Related Material

M. Carpenter, They still go marching on... (COHSE, 1985); M. Carpenter, Working for health (forthcoming).

MSS.229/6/C/NA/1/BR/1/1 No date

Scope and Content

NAWU Gloucester branch : MS. min. bk.

1912 Jan-1931 Sep (photocopies)

MSS.229/6/C/NA/1/BR/2/1-2 1932-55, 1955-64

Scope and Content

MHIWU/COHSE Ryhope Mental Hospital branch : MS. min. bks.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/3/1/1-27 No date

Scope and Content

File rel. to Joseph E. Soley, union activist, one of the organisers of the nurses' demonstration in Aug 1948, and a long-serving member of COHSE NEC.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/3/2/1-5 1938

Scope and Content

Inter-Departmental Cttee. on Nursing Services : MHIWU file re : MHIWU statement of evidence; MHIWU memo. re Jt. Conciln. Cttee. with MHA; memo. from Mental Hospital Matrons Assoc.; GNC memo.; MHA statement of evidence.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/3/3/1-7 1920-1935

Scope and Content

Contents of "Agreements" envelope

MHA/MHIWU Jt. Conciln. Cttee. draft proposed rules, 1921; memo. of agreement 1935; W.C. Windsor, Bromsgrove to NAWU editor re article critical of asylum conditions, Nov 1920; Cheadle Royal recognition of union, Dec 1920; group of docs. re artisans' wages, St. Audry's Hosp., Melton, Sfk., May 1920; patients' statement re ill-treatment, 1924.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/3/4/1-9 No date

Scope and Content

Misc. photocopies of NAWU/MHIWU memoranda etc. and MC's notes. Topics include : founders of the union; negotiations with NUGMW; agreement with NFBTO; results of occupational therapy questionnaire; female nurses in London men's wards; training; 1939 cost-of-living increase.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/3/5/1-20 1943-6

Scope and Content

File on MHIWU/HWSU amalgamation, incl. photocopies and some orig. printed memoranda.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/3/6

Scope and Content

File re case of MHIWU organiser, C.F. Comer (photocopies) : 3 testimonial ltrs., 1932; journal extract re London dispute, 1942.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/1-16 Misc. publications of NAWU/MHIWU. [Jt. Conciln. Cttee. items pub. by Menal Hospitals Assoc.]

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/4 1922 Aug

Scope and Content

Income tax on emoluments, some legal decisions.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/5 1931

Scope and Content

MHIWU/MHA : Report of Cttee. of Inquiry on hours of duty in mental hospitals.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/6 1931

Scope and Content

The history of the Mental Hospital and Institutional Workers' Union from infancy to its 21st year, 132pp. (photocopy).

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/7 1937

Scope and Content

MHIWU/MHA Jt. Conciln. Cttee. : Recommendations.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/8 1938

Scope and Content

MHIWU questionnaire to branches on hours, wages and gen. conditions : completed form from Brookhill Hosp., Woking.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/10 1941 Jul

Scope and Content

Jt. Conciln. Cttee. : Recommendations on wages and conditions.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/11 1941 Oct

Scope and Content

Jt. Conciln. Cttee. : Provisions of Mental Nurses Order, 1941...

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/12 1942 Aug

Scope and Content

Lord Latham and mental nurses, 12pp. booklet by Geo. Gibson (photocopy).

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/13 1942 Sep

Scope and Content

Jt. Conciln. Cttee. : Recommendations for domestic staff.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/15 1944 Oct

Scope and Content

MHIWU : 28th ann. conf. Final Agenda.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/16 1945

Scope and Content

The mental nurses' charter, 22pp.

MSS.229/6/C/NA/4/17 1937

Scope and Content

Feldon, L.T. and Gibson, Geo., Asylums' Officers' Superannuation Act, 1909... notes and comments.

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