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National Federation of Shop Workers and Clerks

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1924 Shop Workers
Held at: Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University
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Full title: National Federation of Shop Workers and Clerks
Date(s): 1896, 1906-1914
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): National Federation of Shop Workers and Clerks


Administrative/Biographical history:

The National Federation of Shop Workers and Clerks was formed in 1907, as an amalgamation of the Amalgamated Union of Cooperative Employees, the National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants, Warehousemen and Clerks, and the National Union of Clerks. It was formed with the principal aims of promoting fraternisation, acting as a united group at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and supporting the policies affecting each section. The Federation was wound up in May 1914. During its lifetime the National Federation did little beyond discussing various schemes of amalgamation, but it did achieve some understanding of the need for clerical worker unions to work together for an objective.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minute book of the National Federation of Shop Workers and Clerks from inaugural meeting in July 1907 to winding up in May 1914. Volume also contains correspondence on the possible merger of unions; the minutes of a preliminary meeting, 1906; the rules of the Federation, 1907, and copies of letters from the TUC on finance and arrangements for Congress, 1896.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single volume

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.

Finding aids:

Detailed list available in the TUC Library.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The volume was sent to the TUC in May 1914.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were transferred to the TUC Library Collections in the University of North London by the TUC in January 1998.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Historical Directory of Trade Unions, volume 1 Non-Manual Unions, by Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan (1980).

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2002

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