Reference number
  • AST
  • 1921-1988
  • Collection
  • This collection contains: rules and related records, 1964-1967; annual delegate meetings/conference papers, 1968-1972; national executive council minutes, agendas, reports, correspondence and papers, 1968-1988; general purposes and finance committee minutes and correspondence, 1968-1983; parliamentary committee minutes, agenda, correspondence and papers, 1961-1984; science policy committee minutes, 1969: full-time officers' national joint council minutes, 1977-1986; Association of Scientific Workers/ASTMS Division A annual council records, 1967-1968; Insurance Staffs Section and Insurance National Advisory Council records, 1974-1976; automotive industry steering committee/automotive industry policy working party records, 1978-1980; vehicle building industry conference records, 1980; files of national officers,1963-1974; Records concerning "general administration", 1965-1971; "General files", 1961-1983; records concerning the microfilming of records of ASTMS and the Association of Supervisory Staffs, Executives and Technicians (ASSET), 1976 & nd; branch finance files, 1968-1970; accounts, 1970-1976; records concerning relations with other trade unions and staff associations, 1961-1983; records concerning trade union federations and other joint trade union bodies, 1962-1972; records relating to the National Joint Council for Civil Air Transport and to aviation and airlines in general, 1948-1984; records relating to various employers and industries, 1951-1988; records concerning membership, 1966-1970; circulars, 1967-1973; ASTMS periodicals and other publications, including recruitment posters, 1968-1987; press cuttings,1968-1979; external publications, including posters,1960s-1980s; various research records,. 1982-1985; staffing records, 1960-1971; legal records, (1946)-1988; United Commercial Travellers' Association (UCTA) Section records, predominantly 1976-1978; district/divisional council minutes and full-time officers' reports to district/divisional councils, 1968-1972.
  • 201 boxes
Admin history
  • The Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs was formed in 1968 by the amalgamation of the Association of Supervisory Staffs, Executives and Technicians (ASSET) and the Association of Scientific Workers. Following the amalgamation the union enjoyed a period of unprecedented growth and became the UK's largest union of salaried staff. Whilst the bulk of this growth was due to recruitment, part of it was due to further amalgamations and the union absorbed a number of smaller societies. In 1988 it merged with the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (TASS) to form Manufacturing, Science, Finance.

    George S. Bain, Growth of white-collar unionism (Clarendon : Oxford, 1970);
    Clive Jenkins and Barrie Sherman, White collar unionism : the rebellious salariat (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979).
  • Records both of the ASTMS and its predecessor the Association of Supervisory Staffs, Executives and Technicians (ASSET) were catalogued together in 1987 and 1989 under the reference MSS.79/AS. These records were recatalogued in 2006 and 2007 so as to separate the records of the two bodies. But the ASTMS archive still includes a substantial quantity which pre-date that body's formation and were probably mainly inherited from ASSET, although a few originated with the Association of Scientific Workers (AScW). At least some of the records of these predecessors were probably incorporated into ASTMS's record-keeping system where they closely related to ASTMS's own records.
Access Conditions
  • The approval of Unite, the successor union, is to be sought for the publication of previously unpublished material.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
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  • Records of the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (TASS), earlier the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section)
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