A summary description of the papers of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union and its predecessors


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative/Biographical History

Scope and Content

System of Arrangement

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

Accruals

Access Conditions

Restrictions

Language of Material

Other finding aids

Related Units of Description

Index Headings

A summary description of the papers of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union and its predecessors


Reference GB 0152 MSS.259
Title Papers of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (and predecessors)
Dates of Creation 1851-1993
Held at Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick Library
Extent 3.502 cubic metres
Name of Creator Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union; Amalgamated Engineering Union; Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers; Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers; Amalgamated Society of Engineers.
Level of Description Fonds
Language English

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Administrative/Biographical History

The Amalgamated Society of Engineers (ASE) was formed in 1851 by the coming together of a number of separate organisations for mechanics, smiths, millwrights, engineers and machinists, including the Journeymen Steam Engine, Machine Makers' and Millwrights' Friendly Society. A number of other, mainly local, organisations joined between 1893 and 1915, including the Amalgamated Society of Metal Planers, Shapers, Slotters, Horizontal Borers and Milling Machine Workers in 1894. In 1920 nine other unions (the Steam Engine Makers' Society, the United Machine Workers' Association, the United Kingdom Society of Amalgamated Smiths and Strikers, the Amalgamated Association of Brass Founders, Turners, Fitters, Finishers and Coppersmiths, the North of England Brass Turners', Fitters', and Finishers' Society, the London United Metal Turners', Fitters' and Finishers' Society, the East of Scotland Brassfounders' Society, the Amalgamated Instrument Makers' Society, and the Amalgamated Society of General Toolmakers, Engineers and Machinists) joined the ASE, which had called a conference to propose the idea in September 1918, to form the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU). The Amalgamated Society of Glass Works Engineers joined in 1944, the Amalgamated Society of Vehicle Builders, Carpenters and Mechanics in 1945, the Amalgamated Machine, Engine and Iron Grinders' and Glaziers' Society in 1956, the Leeds Spindle and Flyer Makers' Trade and Friendly Society in 1958, the United Operative Spindle and Flyer Makers' Trade and Friendly Society in 1962, and the Turners', Fitters' and Instrument Makers' Union (Scotland) in 1965. When the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers joined in 1967, the Union changed its name to the Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers (AEF). In April 1970 the AEF amalgamated with the Draughtsmen's and Allied Technicians' Association and the Constructional Engineering Union to form the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AUEW). It was organised into several sections: the Technical and Supervisory Section; the Constructional Section; the Foundry Section; and the Engineering Section. It absorbed the Amalgamated Springworkers and Allied Trades in 1976 and the British Roll Turners' Trade Society in 1983. The AUEW amalgamation was not successful, and in 1985 the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (as it had been renamed) left the amalgamation. The Construction and Foundry Sections transferred their engagements to the Engineering Section and the Union was renamed the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers - Engineering, Foundry and Construction Section. It changed its name back to the Amalgamated Engineering Union in May 1986. On 1st May 1992, the AEU amalgamated with the Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunication and Plumbing Union to form the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU). On 1st January 2001, the AEEU merged with the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union (MSF) to form Amicus.

Reference:

J.B. Jeffreys, The Story of the Engineers (London, 1945; repr. 1970).

Reference:

Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical Directory of Trade Unions (Aldershot, 1984).

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Scope and Content

Amalgamated Society of Engineers: Executive Council minutes, 1852-1917; General Council and Delegate Meeting Minutes, 1896-1901; Minor Committee Minutes 1878-1912; Finance Committee Minute Books 1894-1900; Investment Committee Minute Books 1900-1920; General Office Accounts 1901-1911; Annual Branch Balance Sheets 1853-1919; Quarterly and Half Yearly Branch balance Sheets 1851-1920; Benevolent Fund and Fine Books 1879-1942; General Information Schedules 1876; Correspondence 1889-1913; Monthly Reports, Journals and Annual Reports 1851-1920; Rule Books 1854-1915; District and Branch Papers (Airdrie 1895-1897; Bridgend 1885-1906; Brighton 1840-1893; Chadderton 1871-1910; Crewe 1891-1917; Drogheda 1855-1895; Favesham 1859-1884; Greenock 1831-1863; Keighley 1886-1895; Manchester 1867; Pontypool 1881-1922; Rhonnda 1894-1926; Staines 1881-1919; Sunderland 1892-1898; Saltley 1908-1932; Stockton 1882-1893; Stockport 1831-1861; Southward 1863 - 1868; Todmorden 1825-1888; Two Waters 1855-1888); William Crosher and Co Papers 1877-1901; Apprenticeship Certificates 1911-1916; Circulars and Leaflets 1874-1900; Voting Returns 1888; Membership Registration Books 1831-1932; Members Transfer Books 1871-1890; Membership Cards 1874-1916; Members Clearance Forms 1864-1917; Presentations to members 1919-1920; Title Deeds for Headquarters at Peckham 1784-1914; Building Works 1899-1912; Initiation Addresses 1904; Miscellaneous Documents 1851-1918; Press Cuttings 1913; Reports 1901-1920; Statistics 1900.

Amalgamated Engineering Union: Council Minutes 1920-1984; Investment Committee Minutes 1931-1975; Sub-Committee Minute Books 1935-1960 (incomplete), District and Branch Minute Books 1920-1960; Reports on Proceedings of the National Committee 1927-1939; Correspondence Files; Annual, Quarterly and Half-Yearly Reports 1920-1993; Rule Books 1935-1970; Officials Handbooks, Journals, Promotional Material and National Agreements, Reports and Photographs.

Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers: Executive Council Minutes 1973-1984; Agendas and Conference Papers 1977-1983; Correspondence 1970-1983;National Conference Reports 1971-1984; Executive Council Reports 1975-1985; Rule Books; Election Addresses 1972-1985; Summer Schools, Promotional Material; The Way for Women and Youth 1968-1978; Annual Reports 1983-1995; Publications. Also District and Branch Records for the Accrington Branch of the AUEW.

Amalgamated Society of Plate and Machine Moulders: Rule Book 1907

National Union of Blastfurnacemen, Ore Miners, Coke Workers and Kindred Tradesmen: Rule Book 1890s

Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners: Rule Book 1887

Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions: Minutes, 1946 - 1984; Half-Yearly Report, 1980.

East of Scotland Brassfounders: Rule Book, 1918

Friendly Union of Mechanics: Innauguration Poster

Journeymen Steam Engine, Machine Makers' and Millwrights' Friendly Society: Minute Books (Greenock Branch), 1835-1848; Cash and Contributions Books, 1831-1851; Apprenticeship Certificates 1822-1850.

Leeds United Brass Founders' and Finishers' Society : Rule Books, 1858 - 1897

Manchester Brass Founders', Turners', Fitters' and Finishers' Association: Membership Register, 1910-12.

Amalgamated Machine Engine and Iron Grinders' and Glazers' Society: Minutes, 1895-1956; Accounts and Cash Books, 1926-1956; Contributions Books, 1918-1956; Correspondence, 1910-1956; Annual Reports, 1914-1938; Rule Books, 1859-1929.

Amalgamated Society of Metal Planers, Shapers, Slotters and Horizontal Borers: Members Registration Books 1859 - 1893.

The United Machine Workers' Association: Executive Council Minutes, 1914-1916 and Annual Reports 1873-1920.

National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks: Correspondence, 1907.

North of England Brass Turners', Fitters' and Finishers' Society: Rule Book, 1913.

United Operative Plumbers' and Domestic Engineers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland: Rule Book 1919

Philanthropic Society of Journeymen Millwrights: Travelling Card 1800s

Philanthropic Society of Journeymen Millwrights of Lancashire: Rule Book 1850

Amalgamated Society of Railway Vehicle Wagon Builders, Wheelwrights, Carpenters and Mechanics: Balance Sheets and Accounts 1945; Superannuation 1945; Rule Book 1900s; Correspondence (Amalgamation)

Steam Engine Makers' Society: Minutes 1844-1890; Contributions Book 1827-1837; Registration Books 1831-1914; Annual Returns 1875-1919; Monthly Reports 1908-1918; Schedules 1913-1919; Registration Books 1831-1853; papers of John Foden's (Chairman of the Society 1871-1903).

Amalgamated Society of Smiths and Strikers: Minutes 1918-1920; Member's Registration Book 1890-1924.

Amalgamated Society of General Toolmakers, Engineers and Machinists: Minutes 1918-20; Members Registration Books 1905-1920; Correspondence 1911-1920; Annual Reports and Balance Sheets 1891 - 1894.

National Union of Vehicle Builders: Rule Books 1936-1962

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Scope and Content

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System of Arrangement

This large and complicated archive has been deposited in the Centre over many years. The papers have been arranged initially according to the unions which created them.

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

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The first deposit was made by the AUEW in May 1984. Subsequent deposits were made in 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1999. Several items have been transferred from the University libary in 2002 and 2003.

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Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

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Accruals

Further deposits are expected.

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Access Conditions

These papers subject to the data protection act.

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Copyright/Reproduction

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

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Language of Material

English

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Other finding aids

Various parts of the collection were catalogued by Richard Storey, Alistair Tough, Linda Smallbone, Nicola Atkins and Christine Woodland between 1990 and 1996. Further cataloging by Andrew MacLeod in 2005. A copy of the 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. Marie Osborne created an electronic finding aid to the minutes series in March 2001.

Authority records exist for the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (GB 0152 AAR0550), Amalgamated Engineering Union (1920-67) (GB 0152 AAR0520), Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers (GB 0152 AAR0519), Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (GB 0152 AAR0512), Amalgamated Engineering Union (1986-92) (GB 0152 AAR0511), and Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (GB 0152 AAR0510), Amalgamated Society of Plate and Machine Moulders (GB 0152 AAR0511), National Union of Blastfurnacemen, Ore Miners, Coke Workers and Kindred Tradesmen (GB 0152 AAR1256), Constructional Engineering Union (GB 0152 AAR0518), The Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners (GB 0152 AAR2349), Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (GB 0152 AAR1376), East of Scotland Brass Founders' Society (GB 0152 AAR3005), Friendly Union of Mechanics (GB 0152 AAR0552), Amalgamated Instrument Makers' Society (GB 0152 AAR0539), Journeymen Steam Engine, Machine Makers' and Millwrights' Friendly Society (GB 0152 AAR0551), Leeds United Brass Founders' and Finishers' Society (GB 0152 AAR3006), Manchester Brass Founders', Turners', Fitters' and Finishers' Association (GB 0152 AAR0583), Amalgamated Machine Engine and Iron Grinders' and Glazers' Society (GB 0152 AAR0522), Amalgamated Society of Metal Planers, Shapers, Slotters and Horizontal Borers (GB 0152 AAR0548), The United Machine Workers' Association (GB 0152 AAR0531), National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks (GB 0152 AAR1266), North of England Brass Turners', Fitters' and Finishers' Society (GBR 0152 AAR534), United Operative Plumbers' and Domestic Engineers' Association of Great Britain and Ireland (GBR 0152 AAR0424), Philanthropic Society of Journeymen Millwrights (GBR 0152 AAR0547), Amalgamated Society of Vehicle Builders, Wheelwrights Carpenters and Mechanics (GB 0152 AAR0526), Steam Engine Makers' Society (GBR 0152 AAR0530), National Society of General Tool Makers, Engineers and Machinists (GBR 0152 AAR541), National Union of Vehicle Builders (GB 0152 AAR0341).

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Related Units of Description

The papers of many constituent and associated unions are located in the Modern Records Centre. See the overall summary of the archive for details.

Records of the Constructional Section ( MSS.273), Foundry Section ( MSS.41/AUEF) and Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section ( MSS.101/DA) are also located in the Modern Records Centre.

The records of the Blackburn District of the AEU have been deposited in the Working Class Movement Library in Salford. Proposition and Entrance books (17 volumes) and Registration books (16 volumes) for the Manchester/Salford area, 1863-1978, have also been deposited in the Library (WCML Bulletin 4, 1994, pp.28-34).

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Index Headings

Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union

Amalgamated Engineering Union

Amalgamated Society of Engineers

Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers

Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers

Blacksmiths Labor unions Great Britain

Brass industry and trade Employees Labor unions Great Britain

Coppersmiths Great Britain

Construction workers Labor unions Great Britain

Foundry workers Labor unions Great Britain

Industrial technicians Labor unions Great Britain

Instrument industry Employees Great Britain

Machinists Labor unions Great Britain

Mechanics (Persons) Labor unions Great Britain

Metal-workers Labor unions Great Britain

Millwrights Great Britain

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