Papers of Alfred Best (1892-1987), trade unionist... Papers of Alfred Best (1892-1987), trade unionist, 1919-1976
Correspondence files, 1919-61; papers of related organisations, 1920-76; some subject files, 1926-71; tape-recording of reminiscences of Alfred A. Best, vice-chairman of NAULAW, 1976.
Born in 1892, Best first took up insurance work in 1914. After a period of war service, he joined the National Amalgamated Union of Life Assurance Workers in 1919. He first held the position of secretary and later chairman of Ilford branch, and in 1922 became secretary of the London District Council. Subsequently, he held the positions of LDC Treasurer and Chairman. Best later became a member of the NAULAW General Executive Council, from 1929-1951, was elected Vice-Chairman for 15 years and became acting President. Away from the Union, Best was also Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the British Association for the Hard of Hearing. He died in 1987.
The Centre also holds the main NAULAW archive and the records of NAULAW officials S.P. Long (MSS.142), Frank Crump (MSS.144), Albert Vandome (MSS.158) and George W. Vandome (MSS.166).
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