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Amalgamated Association of Operative Cotton Spinners of Lancashire and Cheshire Archive

Date range: c.1880-1976.

Textile industry trade union collection covering the Association's activities in Lancashire, Cheshire and parts of West Yorkshire.

Few records have survived from the nineteenth century; most date from the period 1940 to 1976, and the collection is therefore very informative on the decline of the Lancashire cotton industry.

There is much material relating to the major issues of this period, such as modernization, protectionism, the Cotton Industry Act 1959, and conditions in cotton mills.

Records include:

  • correspondence files; compensation claim books for personal injuries suffered by operatives
  • cash books and other financial records
  • correspondence files relating to such topics as industrial diseases (in particular epithelioma, or ‘mule spinner’s cancer’), pensions, negotiations with employers, the TUC, the Cotton Industry Act 1959, the Industrial Relations Bill 1971 and the Labour Party; printed reports of Council
  • and other printed literature relating to trade unionism, socialism and the cotton industry

The archive is an important source for the history of the trade union movement in Britain, and of the rise and fall of the cotton industry.

See also the archive of the Bolton and District Operative Cotton Spinners' Provincial Association.

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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