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Engravers' Trade Unions Archive

Date range: c.1888–1973.

Records of the Amalgamated Union of Engravers to Calico Printers and Paper Stainers, and of the United Society of Engravers.

The union traced its origins to a predecessor organization, the Union of Engravers to Calico Printers and Paper Stainers, which was founded in Manchester in 1889.

In 1909 this union united with the Scottish Engravers to Calico Printers and Paper Stainers to form the Amalgamated Union, and in 1920 it changed its name to the United Society of Engravers of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1973 it transferred its undertakings to the Society of Lithographic Artists, Designers, Engravers and Process Workers.

Records comprise:

  • minute books
  • ledgers
  • contribution books
  • registers of members and apprentices
  • files relating to wallpaper and textile industry agreements
  • printed matter such as annual reports and rule books
  • photographs of machinery manufactured by Lockett Crossland Ltd of Manchester, machine-makers and engravers to calico printers
  • annual reports of other organizations such as:
    • the Trades Union Congress
    • World Trades Union Congress
    • Women Workers’ Annual Congress
    • Wall Paper Manufacturers Association

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via the A2A website.


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