Reference number
  • UOS
  • 1928-1962
  • Collection
  • Financial Records, 1928-1962 and members' address book, 1900s.
  • 1 box
Admin history
  • The United Operative Spindle and Flyer Makers' Trade and Friendly Society was founded in 1856 and was one of the longest surviving Unions making textile machines and fittings. In 1860 the Union applied to join the Amalgamated Society of Engineers but was refused on the grounds that its members were not skilled tradesmen. The the Union developed independently and reached a membership of 1,300 by the turn of the century. Membership steadily declined after the Two World Wars until amalgamation with the Amalgamated Engineering Union when membership numbered around 200 in June 1962.

    Reference: Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, Historical directory of trade unions. Volume 2( Gower: Aldershot, 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 Amalgamated Engineering Union (GBR 0152 AAR520).
Access Conditions
  • There are no restrictions on access to these papers apart from information that falls under the Data Protection Act.
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 (MSS.259/UMB).
  • Metal-workers -- Labor unions -- Great Britain
  • Textile machinery industry -- Employees -- Labor unions Great Britain
  • Machinists -- Labor unions -- Great Britain