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TUC LIBRARY COLLECTIONS


Match Workers at the Bryant and May Factory, London, 1888 (image courtesy of TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
Description
The TUC Library is the major research library for the study of all aspects of trade unions, collective bargaining and labour history, with both historical and contemporary coverage. The emphasis is on Britain, but many other countries are represented, especially Europe and the Commonwealth.

The core areas of the collection are the publications of the TUC since its foundation in 1868, reference and historical works on the labour and trade union movement, union publications from the UK and overseas, and documents relating to working conditions and industrial relations in various industries. The collections also contain material collected from the wide-ranging campaigns and policy areas in which the TUC has been involved over the course of its history, including social policy areas such as health, housing, education, unemployment and social security.

A major strength of the Library are the large holdings of pamphlets from unions, pressure groups and campaign movements, collected from the 19th century onwards, which have survived here as in few other comparable libraries. Important research collections cover:- union activities, international affairs, labour biography, women workers, strikes, Labour Party publications, the Communist Party and other political groups and campaigns.

The collections also contain various archive deposits, including the records of the Workers’ Educational Association, the Labour Research Department and the personal papers of Gertrude Tuckwell (1861-1951) and Marjorie Nicholson (1914-1997).
Website
http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/libraries/tuc
Keywords
Trade unions; Trades Union Congress
Access
Mon-Fri, 0915-1645. Access for all users is by appointment only.
Access for outsiders
Yes - by appointment only. The collections are available for reference only.
Facilities
video and audio cassettes only

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
Relevant material includes publications of media and entertainment unions and related organisations.
Ephemera
Large holdings of ephemera
Journals
Trade unions material.
Manuscripts
Workers Film Association records.
Music
TUC audiocassette collection
Newspapers
Trade unions material.
Sound
TUC audiocassette collection
Still Images
Photo collection uncatalogued
Video/Film
TUC video collection.

Catalogues

Library OPAC
Some of the print collections are now available at http://catalogue.londonmet.ac.uk/search~S7
Related website
http://www.unionhistory.info;
http://www.unionhistory.info/workerswar
http://www.unionhistory.info/equalpay/
http://www.unionhistory.info/britainatwork/
blogs.londonmet.ac.uk/tuc-library/
facebook.com/tuclibrary
pinterest.co.uk/tuc_library/
twitter.com/TUC_Library
Card catalogue
The video collection, recently deposited by the TUC, is not yet catalogued or fully operational. A handlist of titles in the video collection is available.

Main Contact

Name
Mr Jeff Howarth
Telephone
020 7320 3511
Email
j.howarth@londonmet.ac.uk
Address
TUC Library Collections, Special Collections
London Metropolitan University, Room CC4-01A
Wash Houses, Old Castle Street
London
E1 7NT

Alternate Contact

Email
tuclib@londonmet.ac.uk

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