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MS 67 Archives of the Joint Committee of the Four Secondary Teachers' Associations

Joint Committee of the Four Secondary Teachers' Associations

The four principal secondary teachers' associations, the Incorporated Association of Head Masters (IAHM), the Association of Head Mistresses, Incorporated (AHMI), the Association of Assistant Mistresses, Incorporated (AAMI) and the Assistant Masters' Association (AMA) while retaining their existence as independent bodies, were, from 1921, federated for certain purposes under a joint committee, known as the Joint Committee of the Four Secondary Associations, frequently known as the Joint Four. From 1921, the offices of the four associations were housed in the same building. From then on it encouraged the establishment of local joint committees to deal with secondary teachers' interests within each local education authority area and it also developed extensive connections overseas, representing England and Wales in many conferences and linking organisations. The Sex Discrimination Act, 1975, ended the single-sex associations and with them of the purpose of the Joint Committee, which was dissolved on 31 December 1978.

About the collection

Executive committee meetings, agendas and minutes, 1953-78; annual reports, 1922-63; financial statements, 1921-74; papers of sub-committees and working parties, 1958-74; files of correspondence with local committees of the Joint Four, 1923-74; files of correspondence with organisations, 1957-74; papers relating to the F‚d‚ration internationale des professeurs de l'enseignement secondaire and its congresses, 1927-72; subject files, 1926-76.

Papers for local committees of the Joint Four: (i) Hampshire committee: minute books, 1938-74; correspondence 1946-76 (ii) Humberside committee: correspondence, committee and other papers, 1973-6.

The archives of the Association of Assistant Mistresses now form MS 59 in the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick Library.

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Former references:

AS1 ORG 2; A515, A630, A757


100 boxes and 1 folder

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