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Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University

Women - Employment


Reference code(s): GB 1924 Women - Employment

Held at: Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University

Title: Women - Employment

Date(s): 1916 - to date

Level of description: Collection

Extent: c .400 items

Name of creator(s): Various: collected by TUC Library


Administrative/Biographical history:

The TUC Library was established in 1922 and was based on the integrated collections of the TUC Parliamentary Committee, the Labour Party Information Bureau, and the Womens Trade Union League. It was run as a joint library with the Labour Party until the TUC moved to Congress House in 1956. The collection was developed for the use of the TUC and affiliated unions, but its specialisation has led to its parallel development as a major research library in the social sciences. In September 1996, the Collections moved to their new home in the London Metropolitan University Holloway Road library. The Library includes several archives. The majority of these were held in the TUC Museum Collection and transferred to the University in 1998.


Scope and content/abstract:

Collection of books, leaflets, articles and periodicals relating to women and employment. Includes: 'The Position of Women after the War' Committee of Women's Organisations, 1916; 'Women in Industry after the War' by B L Hutchins, 1917; 'Payment structures and smaller firms: women's employment in segmented labour markets' by Christine Craig and others, 1985, reference HD 6061; 'The position of women in industry' by Nancy Seear, 1968, reference HD 6664; 'Putting equality into practice: a Shadow Ministry of Women consultation document' 1991; 'Unemployed Women: a study of attitudes and experiences' by Arnold Cragg and Tim Dawson, 1984. Other topics includes: legislation, local government, First World War, Second World War and other countries. Periodicals include: Woman Engineer, Women's Gazette, Women and Manual Trades Newsletter.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Open to bona fide researchers by appointment, at the discretion of the TUC Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted within the terms of copyright legislation, although copying of some items including fragile material is at the discretion of the librarian.

Finding aids:

A card index is available in the library.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited with the TUC at an unknown date.


DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Live Jan 2010

Equal opportunity | Social and economic rights
Trade unions | Labour relations
Women | Sex | Sex distribution
Womens employment | Employment
World war | War | International conflicts

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