NGO Collections held in Birmingham and the West Midland Region

The following page listed details of local NGO collections. 

Birmingham and the West Midlands region holds a good number of archives of NGOs. Click on the following sections below for further details:

1. Collections held at Birmingham University Special Collections

2. National NGOs with archives in the West Midlands

3. Repositories in the West Midlands with NGO material


1. Birmingham University Special Collections

Birmingham University Special collections holds the archives of the Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA), the Church Missionary Society and the Sports Council. Thanks to DANGO intervention, the archives of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) were deposited at Birmingham University (a full list of Birmingham University Special collections NGOs holdings can be found below):

Amateur Athletic Association of England ; Association for Special Education ; Association of Christian Communities and Networks; Bible Churchmens Missionary Society ; BibleLands ; British Association for American Studies ; British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres ; British Association of Teachers of the Deaf ; Christian Education Movement ; National Christian Education Council ; 1942 Club ; Royal Institute of Public Administration ; Student Christian Movement  


2. The following national NGOs have archives in the West Midlands:

NGO Archive
YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) England Birmingham University
Amnesty International UK Warwick University
Campaign for State Education (CASE) Warwick University
CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) Warwick University
NACRO (National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) Warwick University
Disability Alliance Warwick University
Howard League for Penal Reform (incorporating National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty) Warwick University
National Federation of the Blind of the United Kingdom Warwick University
Release Legal Emergency and Drugs Service Warwick University
YWCA (formerly Young Women's Christian Association) England and Wales Warwick University
Lord's Day Observance Society, The Own archive
National Association of Round Tables of Great Britain and Ireland (RTBI) Own archive
Townswomen's Guilds Own archive
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) Own archive
Re-Solv, the Society for the Prevention of Solvent and Volatile Substance Abuse Own archive
Liberation Birmingham City archives

(a full list of archives of local branches of National NGOs held in the West Midlands can be seen on a separate page)

3. Repositories in the West Midlands with NGO material:

Altogether, at the time of writing, there are 142 repositories in the West Midland region listed in ARCHON. A full list of West Midland repositories is available online.

It is possible to see a list of the archives of the 500+ "Societies and Associations" that have deposited their records in a repository in the West Midlands by visiting the NRA website (Advanced Search / Organisations Index) and then choosing "Societies and Association" in the "Category" drop-down menu and then "West Midlands" as county and press "search". On 5 January 2007, 541 organisations were listed there, ranging from local branches of Amnesty International (Bournville and Wolverhampton branches) and the Anti-Apartheid Movement (Birmingham branch) to the Birmingham Society for Administering Comfort to Poor Lying-in Women, the Association of Friends of National Childrens Homes, the Wolverhampton Society for the Blind and the Young Womens Christian Association: Wolverhampton.

The following table gives an indication of the number of collections of organisations held by major repositories in the Midlands (only those repositories that have collections on more than one organisation were included in the following table). Most of the organisations listed below are outside of DANGO's remit, or local branches of national organisations, but the table was intended to give an idea of the breadth of archives of charities or non profit, NGOs. The seeming discrepancy between the numbers of "Societies and Associations" given above and the following table (which contain a much higher number of organisations) is due to the fact that the "Organisations" and "Societies and Association" categories defined by the NRA are two different categories.


Name of Repository: Archive of organisation held:
Birmingham Archdiocesan Archives  View List (318)
Birmingham City Archives View List (1090)
Birmingham University Information Services, Orchard Learning Resources Centre View List (3)
Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department View List (129)
Coventry Archives View List (294)
Croome Estate Trust View List (3)
Dudley Archives and Local History Service View List (143)
Evesham Library View List (2)
Guest Hospital View List (3)
Harrowby Manuscripts Trust View List (2)
Herefordshire Record Office View List (935)
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Library and Archives View List (11)
Keele University Library View List (44)
Kithead Trust View List (2)
Lichfield Cathedral Library View List (12)
Lord's Day Observance Society View List (8)
Madresfield Court View List (12)
Oswestry Town Council View List (21)
Sandwell Community History and Archives Service View List (151)
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office View List (195)
Shropshire Archives View List (893)
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Burton Family and Local History Centre View List (108)
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Lichfield Record Office View List (175)
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire County Record Office View List (1103)
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Stoke-on-Trent City Archives View List (22)
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: William Salt Library View List (109)
Staffordshire Regiment Museum View List (10)
Walsall Local History Centre View List (225)
Warwick University: Modern Records Centre View List (801)
Warwickshire County Record Office View List (1132)
Wightwick Manor View List (2)
Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies View List (302)
Worcester Cathedral Library View List (4)
Worcestershire Record Office, County Hall Branch View List (732)

To this list can be added the archives of the following organisations: the Camping and Caravanning Club Archive, the National Association for Environmental Education, the National Christian Education Council, the Omnibus Society, the Townswomen's Guilds.

(for a full list of archives of local branches of National NGOs held in the West Midlands click here)