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'The Clerk'

The National Union of Clerks was formed in 1890 and changed its name to the National Union of Clerks and Administrative Workers in 1920. In 1941 it amalgamated with the Association of Women Clerks and Secretaries under the new name of the Clerical and Administrative Workers' Union. In 1972 the union changed its name to the Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff, known as APEX. In 1989 APEX merged with the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union.

The Modern Records Centre has a large but incomplete run of the union's journal 'The Clerk' / 'APEX' between 1908-1989. Editions of 'The Clerk' between 1908-1912, 1916-1931 and 1938-9 have been digitised and are available through our online catalogue. Subjects include: the work of a clerk, the history of the union, wages and working conditions, women workers (including 'Women's Page'), branch and district news, the First World War and other contemporary international and domestic events. Cartoons and photographs are also included.

'The Clerk', vol.1, nos.1-12, Jan-Dec 1908Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.2, nos.13-24, Jan-Dec 1909Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.3, nos.25-36, Jan-Dec 1910Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.4, nos.37-48, Jan-Dec 1911Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.5, nos.49-60, Jan-Dec 1912Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.9, nos.96-107, Jan Dec 1916Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.10, nos.108-119, Jan-Dec 1917Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.11, nos.124-125, Jul, Oct 1918Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.12, no.127, Feb 1919Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.13, nos.138-149, Jan-Dec 1920Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.14, nos.150-157, Jan-Sep 1921Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.15, nos.158-169, Jan-Dec 1923, and vol.16, no.174, May 1924Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.16, nos.171, 175, 177-181, Feb-Dec 1924Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.17, nos.182-195, Jan-Dec 1925Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.18, nos.196-206, Jan-Dec 1926Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.19, nos.215-218, Sep-Dec 1927Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.20, nos.219-230, Jan-Dec 1928Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.21, nos.231-240, Jan-Oct 1929Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.22, nos.243-254, Jan-Dec 1930, vol.23, no.255, Jan 1931Link opens in a new window

'The Clerk', vol.28, no.11, Nov 1938, vol.29, nos.1-11, Jan-Nov 1939Link opens in a new window

Front page of The Clerk, July 1910