Reference number
  • UMW
  • 1865-1920
  • Collection
  • Executive Council minutes, 1914-1916; registers of members, 1865-1916;proposition book, 1882-1893; and annual reports, 1873-1920.
  • 2 boxes
Admin history
  • The United Machine Workers' Association was founded in Manchester in 1844. The Union was in constant conflict with the Amalgamated Society of Engineers due to the representative trades and members being virtually the same. The Union was a founder member of the Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades in 1891 and by 1914 represented some 14,000 members. The members eventually agreed to merge in 1920 to form the Amalgamated Engineering Union.

    Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan Historical Directory of Trade Unions( London; 1984).
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Finding aids
  • A copy of this catalogue is available at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

    Authority files exist for the United Machine Workers' Association (GBR 0152 AAR531); the Federation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades (GB 0152 AAR1377) and the Amalgamated Engineering Union (GBR 0152 AAR520).
Access Conditions
  • There are no restrictions on access to these papers.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • These papers constitute part of a large collection of related papers that have been deposited in the Modern Records Centre over a long period of time. For a full listing of these Trade Unions see" linktype="simple">(MSS.259/UMB).
  • Machinists -- Labor unions -- Great Britain