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

Women's Trade Union League


Reference code(s): GB 1924 WTUL

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

Title: Women's Trade Union League

Date(s): 1891-1921

Level of description: Collection (Fonds)

Extent: 4 boxes

Name of creator(s): Women's Trade Union League
Women's Protective and Provident League


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Women's Trade Union League was established by Mrs Emma Patterson in 1874, as the Women's Protective and Provident League. By the 1890s ten London Unions, and over thirty provincial unions were affiliated, from Bookbinding, Shirt and Collar Making, Tailoring, Dressmaking and Milinery, Cigar Making, Match and Matchbox Making, Ropemaking, Weaving, Laundry, Boot and Shoe Making, Silk Working, Upholstery, Lace Making, Pottery, Paper Making and Shop Working. The League was absorbed into the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in 1921.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Women's Trade Union League, 1875-1921, comprising:
Annual Report [printed], 1875-1921; Minutes 1904-1908, 1911-1921; Women's Union Journal, 1876-1890; Women's Trades Union Review 1891-1919; correspondence on merger with Trades Union Congress, 1921.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

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

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the TUC Librarian and subject to copyright conditions.

Physical characteristics:

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The WTUL Library was transferred to the TUC Library when the League was absorbed into the TUC in 1921.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The Library also holds the papers of Gertrude Tuckwell, Secretary and later President of the WTUL, and a notebook of Emilia, Lady Dilke, an active member of the WTUL.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002

Trade unions | Labour relations
Women workers | Workers | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Womens employment | Employment
Womens rights | Rights of special groups

Personal names
Paterson | Emma Anne | 1848-1886 | trade unionist
Tuckwell | Gertrude Mary | 1861-1951 | trade unionist, social worker and author

Corporate names
Women's Trade Union League x Women's Protective and Provident League