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

Women's Collections 2


Reference code(s): GB 1924 HN 384 - HQ 2030

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

Title: Women's Collections 2

Date(s): 1900- 2008

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 5 shelves of box files

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. 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:

The library has many items relating to women, boxed by subject. Subjects include: poverty, family, marriage, contraception, abortion, child legislation, divorce, illegitimacy, International Women's Year, Equal Opportunities Commission, National Council of Women, Feminist Review, Women of Europe 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, some material is catalogued in the online Library catalogue


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

Abortion | Birth control | Family planning
Child welfare | Social welfare
Equal opportunity | Social and economic rights
Family disorganization | Family environment | Family
Gender discrimination | Discrimination | Social problems
Trade unions | Labour relations
Women | Sex | Sex distribution
Divorce x Family disorganization
Sex discrimination x Gender discrimination

Personal names

Corporate names
Equal Opportunities Commission
National Council of Women
Trades Union Congress