Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Transport and General Workers Union Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XM/1379

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Title: Transport and General Workers Union Papers

Short title: Transport and General Workers Union, papers

Dates of creation: 1877-1968 (mainly 1922-1960)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 68 items

Name of creator(s): North Wales Quarrymen's Union; Transport and General Workers Union.


Administrative and biographical history: The North Wales Quarrymen's Union (NWQU) was formed by workers at the Dinorwic Quarry, Caernarfonshire, in April 1874. The Union soon spread to Penrhyn Quarry and the rest of the North Wales slate areas. On the 1 January 1922 the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) came into existence through the amalgamation of 14 other unions. In the same year the NWQU membership voted to amalgamate with the new union. However it continued to have a separate identity and maintained complete control over its internal affairs until 1960 when it became the TGWU (North Wales).


Scope and content: Records of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union (NWQU) and the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), 1877-1968, including papers relating to the proposed amalgamation of the NWQU with the TGWU, 1922, 1958-1960; programmes, 1951-1960; reports and balance sheets, 1953-1960; minutes of Executive Committee meetings, 1957-1959; NWQU and TGWU rules; miscellaneous letters, 1952-1968.


Language/script: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected


Related units of description: Further records are in Caernarfon Record Office, XNWQU; Warwick University: Modern Records Centre, Transport and General Workers' Union Records.


Publication note: Jones,R. Merfyn, The North Wales Quarrymen 1874-1922 (Cardiff, 1982)

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Transport and General Workers Union Papers, catalogue; Jones, R. Merfyn, The North Wales Quarrymen 1874-1922 (Cardiff, 1982); Warwick University: Modern Records Centre website (, viewed 1 October 2004.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: October 2004



North Wales Quarrymen's Union | Records and correspondence

Trades unions | Wales, North, | Records and correspondence

Personal names

Corporate names

North Wales Quarrymen's Union

Transport and General Workers' Union (Great Britain)