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Trade union newspapers and journals

Masthead of 'The Dockers' Record'

Digital versions of some of the trade union and other labour movement periodicals held at the Modern Records Centre are available through three different online platforms - the MRC's catalogue, Warwick Digital Collections and the genealogical subscription service 'Find My Past'. Links to items currently available online are provided below. We will be adding more material to our online catalogue in the coming months.

Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants

'Railway Review', 1880-1892

Available through Warwick Digital Collections (free):

Jul 1880-Dec 1881

Jan-Dec 1884

Jan-Dec 1885

Jan-Dec 1890 and Apr 1891-Dec 1892

Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers

'Trade Circular and General Reporter', 1921

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Special amalgamation circular, Mar 1921

No.1, May 1921

No.2, Jul 1921

No.3, Aug 1921

No.4, Sep 1921

No.5, Oct 1921

No.6, Nov 1921

No.7, Dec 1921

Asylum Workers' Association

'The Asylum News', 1906

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Vol.10, Jan-Dec 1906

Dock, Wharf, Riverside and General Workers' Union of Great Britain and Ireland

'The Dockers Record', 1901-1914

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Nos.1-44, Feb 1901-Nov 1911

Nos.45-54, Feb 1912-Dec 1914

Fire Brigades Union

'Firefighter', 1932-2001

Available through Warwick Digital Collections (free):

534 issues of the FBU journal - includes all issues of the journal from 1947-2001 and many (but not all) from 1932-1946.

The Labour Church

'The Labour Prophet', 1892-1897

Contained articles by prominent trade unionists (including Tom Mann and Ben Tillett) and information about working conditions and labour disputes in particular industries. Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Vols.1-2, nos.1-24, 1892-1893

Vol.3, nos.25-35, 1894

Vol.4, nos.37-48, 1895

Vols.5-6, nos.49-72, 1896-1897

Liverpool Victoria Workers' Union

'Victoria Gazette', 1915-1919

Available through Find My Past (subscription required):

1915-1919 (3 vols.)

London Society of Compositors

Trade Reports, 1915-1919

Available through Find My Past (subscription required):

1915-1919 (5 vols.)

National Agricultural Labourers' and Rural Workers' Union / National Union of Agricultural Workers

'The Labourer', 1915-1918

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Vol.1, nos.1-13, Feb 1915-Jan 1918

'The Land Worker', 1919-1940

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Vol.1/2, May 1919-Dec 1920

Vol.2, Jan-Dec 1921

Vol.3, Jan-Dec 1922

Vol.4, Jan-Dec 1923

Vol.5, Jan-Dec 1924

Vol.6, Jan-Dec 1925

Vol.7, Jan-Dec 1926

Vol.8, Jan-Dec 1927

Vol.9, Jan-Dec 1928

Vol.10, Jan-Dec 1929

Vol.11, Jan-Dec 1930

Vol.12, Jan-Dec 1931

Vol.13, Jan-Dec 1932

Vol.14, Jan-Dec 1933

Vol.15, Jan-Dec 1934

Vol.16, Jan-Dec 1935

Vol.17, Jan-Dec 1936

Vol.18, Jan-Dec 1937

Vol.19, Jan-Dec 1938

Vol.20, Jan-Dec 1939

Vol.21, Jan-Dec 1940

National Association of Local Government Officers

'The Municipal Officer', 1916-1920

Available through Find My Past (subscription required):

Jan 1916-Feb 1920 (1 vol.)

National Asylum Workers' Union

'NAWU Magazine', 1912-1929

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Vol.1, Jan-Dec 1912

Vol.2, Jan-Dec 1913

Vol.3, Jan-Dec 1914

Vol.4, Jan-Dec 1915

Vol.5, Jan-Dec 1916

Vol.6, Jan-Dec 1917

Vol.7, Jan-Dec 1918

Vol.8, Jan-Dec 1919

Vol.9, Jan-Dec 1920

Vol.10, Jan-Dec 1921

Vol.11, Jan-Dec 1922

Vol.12, Jan-Dec 1923

Vol.13, Jan-Dec 1924

Vol.14, Jan-Dec 1925

Vol.15, Jan-Dec 1926

Vol.16, Jan-Dec 1927

Vol.17, Jan-Dec 1928

Vol.18, Jan-Dec 1929

National Sailors' and Firemen's Union / National Union of Seamen

'The Seaman', 1908, 1912-1934

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Vol.1, nos. 4, 7-10, Feb, May-Aug 1908

Vol.1, nos.1-26 (new series), Oct 1912-Oct 1913

Vol.1, nos.27-56 (new series), Oct 1913-Dec 1914

Vol.1, nos.57-83 (new series), Jan-Dec 1915

Vol.1, nos.84-108 (new series), Jan-Dec 1916

Vol.1, nos.109-133 (new series), Jan-Dec 1917

Vol.1, nos.134-159 (new series), Jan-Dec 1918

Vol.1, no.160 - vol.2, no.185 (new series), Jan-Dec 1919

Vol.2, nos.186-212 (new series), Jan-Dec 1920

Vol.2, nos.213-236 (new series), Jan-Dec 1921

Vol.2, nos.237-260 (new series), Jan-Dec 1922

Vol.3, nos.261-285 (new series), Jan-Dec 1923

Vol.3, nos.286-311 (new series), Jan-Dec 1924

Vol.3, no.312 - vol.4, no.341 (new series), Jan-Dec 1925

Vol.5, nos.342-364 (new series), Jan-Dec 1926

Vol.6, nos.365-391 (new series), Jan-Dec 1927

Vol.7, nos.392-417 (new series), Jan-Dec 1928

Vol.8, nos.418-442 (new series), Jan-Dec 1929

Vol.9, nos.443-469 (new series), Jan-Dec 1930

Vol.10, nos.470-495 (new series), Jan-Dec 1931

Vol.11, nos.496-521 (new series), Jan-Dec 1932

Vol.12, nos.522-547 (new series), Jan-Dec 1933

Vol.12, nos.548-573 (new series), Jan-Dec 1934

Vol.12, nos.574-599 (new series), Jan-Dec 1935

Vol.12, nos.600-625 (new series), Jan-Dec 1936

Vol.12, nos.626-651 (new series), Jan-Dec 1937

Vol.16, nos.652-677 (new series), Jan-Dec 1938

Vol.17, nos.678-696 (new series), Jan-Sep 1939

Poor Law Workers' Trade Union / Poor Law Officers' Union

'Monthly Notes', 1920-1922

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Vols.1-2, Sep 1920-Dec 1921

Vol.3, Jan-Dec 1922

'Poor Law Gazette', 1923-1930

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Vol.1, nos.1-22, Jan-Jun 1923

Vol.1, nos.23-48, Jul-Dec 1923

Vol.2, nos.1-53, Jan-Dec 1924

Vol.4, nos.1-51, Jan-Dec 1926

Vol.5, nos.1-52, Jan-Dec 1927

Vol.6, nos.1-52, Jan-Dec 1928

Vol.7, nos.1-52, Jan-Dec 1929

Vol.8, nos.1-6, Jan-Feb 1930

Postmen's Federation

'Postman's Gazette', 1895-1905

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

Vol.4, nos.1-17, May-Dec 1895

Vol.5, nos. 4-15, Feb-Apr 1896

Vol.7, nos.17-18, Aug 1898; vol.8, no.9, May 1899; vol.11, nos.9, 20, 22-26, May, Oct-Dec 1902; vol.12, nos.1-26, Jan-Dec 1903

Vol.13, no.1A - vol.14, no.26, Jan 1904-Dec 1905

Vol.15, nos.1-26, Jan-Dec 1906

Vol.16, nos.1-26, Jan-Dec 1907

Vol.17, nos.1-26, Jan-Dec 1908

Vol.18, nos.1-26, Jan-Dec 1909

Vol.19, nos.1-26, Jan-Dec 1910

'The Postal Mentor', 1902

Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free). 'The Postal Mentor' was an illustrated monthly magazine on "literature, science and art" aimed at a broader readership than the 'Postman's Gazette'.

Vol.1, no.1, May 1902

Vol.1, no.2, Jun 1902

Vol.1, no.3, Jul 1902

Vol.1, no.4, Aug 1902

Scottish Trades Union Congress

'The Scottish Worker' (General Strike newspaper), 1926

Available through Warwick Digital Collections (free):

'The Scottish Worker', nos.1-6, 10-15 May 1926

Trades Union Congress

'The British Worker' (General Strike newspaper), 1926

Available through Warwick Digital Collections (free):

'The British Worker', nos.1-11, 5-17 May 1926

Typographical Association

'Typographical Circular', 1915-1919

Available through Find My Past (subscription required):

1915-1919 (5 vols.)

Workers' Union

'Record', 1913-1920

Available through Find My Past (subscription required):

1913-1920 (2 vols.)

York Labour Representation Committee

'The York Labour News' and 'The York Daily Labour News', 1904-1906

Includes coverage of the parliamentary election campaign of G.H. Stuart, Secretary of the Postmen's Federation. Available through the Modern Records Centre's catalogue (free):

'The York Labour News', nos. 2-5, 7-9, 11-23, and 'The York Daily Labour News', no.402