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Ref No MU
Title Musicians' Union
Description The Musicians' Union Archive consists of the records of the Central and District offices of the union and over 70 Branches (covering Scotland, Wales, North West, North East England, the Midlands and London). The collection also includes material relating to the organisations that merged in 1921 to form the union (the Amalgamated Musicians' Union and the National Orchestral Union of Professional Musicians) dating back to 1879.

The material relating to the organisation, administration and activities of the union includes accounts (including cash books, wages books), annual and monthly reports, bulletins to branches, concert programmes, conference papers, correspondence files, directories, election papers, proceedings and findings of industrial court cases, membership material (including registers, cards, forms, rules, contribution books), minute books (Central, District and Branches), Organisers Reports, performers rates, photographs, press cuttings/books, scrapbooks, sheet music, strike material and papers relating to campaigns led/supported by the union. An extensive run of the union's journal, The Musician, is also present as are earlier union publications and reports.

This catalogue provides a detailed description of the contents of the collection, divided into eight sections:
MU/1 Reports and publications
MU/2 Executive Committee and central organisation
MU/3 Districts
MU/4 Branches
MU/5 Photographs
MU/6 Sections
MU/7 Memorabilia and objects
MU/8 Personal papers

Additional support for opening up the collection to researchers has been made possible through the Musicians' Union Archive Trainee programme which has supported a programme of digitisation. The digitised material can be freely accessed via the online catalogue.
Date 1879 - present
Extent 75 linear metres
Level Collection
Language English
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