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What is in the AHF Library?

Available for consultation by appointment


Records of the United Kingdom Alliance and related Temperance organisations.

UK Alliance records including:

  • Minutes of the Executive of the UK Alliance 1871-1975 (1899 missing);

  • Minutes of the UK Alliance Finance Committee 1910-1921, 1924-1971;

  • Minutes of the UK Alliance Agency Committee 1908-1923;

  • Minutes of the UK Alliance Special Consultative Council, 1906-1932;

  • Minutes of the Hull Auxiliary of the UK Alliance 1859-1876; (34 vols.)

Bound collection of printed UKA Documents [1850-1880] including letters, pamphlets, lectures, speeches, articles, reports, with index, (7 vols.);


Printed papers including:

  • Alliance First Prize Essay 'An Argument Legal and Historical Concerning the Traffic in Strong Drink',

  • Dr Frederick Richard Lees, 1857, third edition, revised, William Tweedie, London, (1 vol.);

  • 'No case against the United Kingdom Alliance and the Permissive Bill', reprint of pamphlet issued by the Executive Committee for the Provincial Licences Victualler's' Defence League entitled 'The case against the United Kingdom Alliance and the Permissive Bill', [1872];

  • One Hundred objections to a Maine Law; being a sequel to the 'argument' of the United Kingdom Alliance for the legislative prohibition of the Liquor Traffic, Dr Frederic Richard Lees, London, 1857; typescript copies of addresses at Centenary events held for the UK Alliance, 1953 (1 vol.)

Administrative files of the UKA including Annual Meeting correspondence, 1955-1963;

  • Centenary conference reports 1953;

  • donations and subscriptions;

  • accounts relating to Lord Arnold (bequest);

  • financial arrangements relating to Joseph Hood Challenge Shield, 1922;

Correspondence relating to legacies:


  • One Million Pledges Campaign Committee, 1966-1967;

  • Working party on education on dangers of alcohol 1968;

  • Stock letter book 1930-1936;

  • Sermon competition entries, 1955;

  • Press releases, 1953-1968;

  • Conference in Wales 1954;

  • Summer school programmes 1963-1969;

  • Essays on social drinking;

  • UKA card campaign about drugs 1969;

  • insurance;

  • District Superintendent's report 1959-1960;

  • General Correspondence arranged alphabetically by subject, [1930s-1960s] (2 boxes);

  • Correspondence arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent, [1940s-1960s] (7 boxes);

  • Correspondence relating to the International Order of Good Templars;

  • Miscellaneous papers and articles including Accounts of the Bradford Temperance Hall Trust, 1928-1954, and Leicester Temperance Society and Band of Hope 1950s-1960s (3 boxes);

  • Papers relating to the Carlisle Scheme 1925-1934;

  • Correspondence and papers relating to the Licensing Bill campaign 1961;

Publications including The Alliance News: 

  • Monthly magazine of the UKA 1854-1991;

  • The Alliance News Summary - weekly news sheet of the UKA, 1934-1943;

  • Alliance Reports 1853-1915; 1982-1993 (incomplete);

  • Alliance Temperance Almanac, 1907-1921;

  • Alliance Year Books 1910-1952, (incomplete);

  • UKA London Auxiliary Reports 1883-1904;

  • London Alliance Review quarterly issued by the London Auxiliary of the UKA, 1899-1902, (3 copies, one annotated with list of annual meetings), 1862-1906;

  • United Kingdom Alliance Convention Report, 1887;

  • Research Student Service bulletin, 1951-1972; (67 vols.)

Papers relating to the National Temperance Federation including:

  • Correspondence and Articles of Association 1959-1966;

  • Press releases and pamphlets, 1940-1960;

  • Accounts, 1960-1968; Conference paper, Oct 1943; and miscellaneous papers 1936-1939; (2 boxes)

  • Papers and letters relating to the Parliamentary Temperance Group, 1951-1966 (1 box);

  • Temperance Research and Information Centre (UKA) visitors book, 1975-1994;

Collection of scrapbooks containing national and local press cuttings generally arranged by subject, including:

  • Scrapbook of election posters, advertising, newspapers cuttings relating to the Fulham Parliamentary election 1906;

  • Scrap book containing the printed articles by George B Wilson, 1920;

  • Cuttings of articles by Rev A Jeans Courtney 1921-1939;

  • Scrap book of H Cecil Heath (General Secretary of UKA), containing press cuttings, invitations, posters etc, 1926-1933 (2 vols.);

  • The Carlisle Scheme, 1916-1930, 2 vols.; Carlisle experiment, 1924-1935;

  • UKA Local Option Campaign 1925-1930; UKA Local Option Campaign, 1927-1930;

  • Ban on temperance advertising 1954;

  • Underage drinking, 1957, 1969;

  • The Breathalyser 1967 (3 vols.);

  • Blennerhassett Report cuttings relating to drink driving, 1976;

  • Miscellaneous cuttings 1970s;

  • Collections of cartoons and prints relating to prohibition and temperance, including original sketches and printed copies, 1901-1966;

  • World Temperance Federation display papers;

Advertising posters relating to temperance issues:

  • the Campaign for a Constructive Peace

  • Conscription 

  • Peace Pledge Union 

  • World Prohibition Federation public meetings (3 boxes);

Photographs and illustrations including:

  • print of the Second meeting of the UKA, Manchester, Oct 1854;

  • Painting of Clement O Boardman;

  • Drawing of Very Reverend Theobald Matthew of Cork;

  • Photographs of the Essex Union Temperance Council, 1921;

  • Newcastle and Gateshead and District Band of Hope Union musical festival, 1906;

  • North of England Temperance League, 40th Annual Conference, Darlington, 1898;

  • Temperance figures including: Arthur Pease; Thomas Whittaker; Thomas Cairns; W Johnson; Wilfred Lawson, 1905; and John B Gough;

Records of the National Commercial Temperance League (NCTL) including:


  • Minutes of 1894-1903;

  • Minutes of Executive Meetings, 1910-1953;

  • Minutes of the Literature and Publishing Committee 1924-1938;

  • Minutes of the General Purposes Committee, 1933-1953;

  • Minutes of the NCTL in amalgamation with the Strength of Britain Movement Ltd, London Division, Committee, 1923-1939;

  • Minutes of NCTL London Branch 1899-1910;

  • NCTL Annual Conference - minutes and related printed papers etc 1904-1910;

  • Account books 1951-1969;

  • Scrapbook of press cuttings, printed matter, circulars, newsletters, rules, pamphlets, posters and invitations 1916-1928; (10 vols.)

  • Records of the North of England Temperance League including Executive Committee minutes 1913-1923 (incorrectly labelled 'old records and accounts from 1892-1921')

  • Minutes of the Bazaar Sub-committee 1920;

  • Press cuttings from 1920s;

Records of the National United Temperance Council (NUTC) including:

  • Minutes of the Executive Committee, General Committee, AGM, and London Committee, 1959-1975;

Records of the National Temperance Federation (NTF) including:

  • Minutes 1924-1955, 1962-1971;

  • Report of Proceedings 1909-1918, 1932-1967; (6 vols.)

  • Records of the Temperance Group of the Two Houses of Parliament (Parliamentary Temperance Group) comprising minutes, 1952-1970;

Records of the World Prohibition Federation visitors book 1925-1936; (1 vol.)

United Temperance Association of Manchester and District minutes 1954-1969; (1 vol.)

Epworth Temperance Hall Trust account book 1911-1958; (1 vol.)

Band of Hope Union (of Newcastle on Tyne) minutes 1867-1920; (1 vol)

Templar Institute Roll and Record - Ordinary Course 1938-1979, and Roll of Fellows and Post Graduates 1898-1977; (2 vols.)

Records of the International Order of Good Templars (IOGT) including:

  • Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England and United Services of the IOGT, Herne Bay 1963-1966;

  • Minutes of the Lancashire District Lodge of the IOGT, 1929-1975;

  • Minutes of the Lincolnshire District Lodge 1901-1928;

  • Register of Lodges of the IOGT, [1868-1920];

  • IOGT account book 1947-1977; (5 vols.)

Printed volumes including:

  • Journal of Proceedings of the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of IOGT 1871-1899;

  • Journal of Proceedings of IOGT of Scotland 1870-1880;

  • Journal of Proceedings of IOGT of the World 1876-1885;

  • Journal of Proceedings of IOGT of North America 1866-1870;

  • Journal of Proceedings of IOGT of North America and England 1866-1872;

  • Journal of Proceedings of IOGT of England 1870-1929;

  • Journal of Proceedings of IOGT of Wales 1889-1899; and related material; (54 vols.)

Publications relating to the temperance movement including:

  • United Kingdom Bank of Hope Union Reports 1876-1985;

  • Band of Hope Annual 1902;

  • British Temperance Advocate 1903-1914;

  • Reports of Proceedings of the World Temperance Association 1876-1892;

  • Church of England Temperance Magazine 1864;

  • Devon and Cornwall Temperance Journal 1868-9;

  • East Yorkshire Temperance Review 1847-1848;

  • The Friend 1915-1916; Good Templar Watchword 1878-1892 (incomplete), 1925-1937;

  • International Good Templar 1888-1928;

  • International Record 1917-1968;

  • Temperance Record 1872-1898 (incomplete);

  • Temperance Magazine;

  • Temperance Journal;

  • Temperance Chronicle 1882-1883;

  • Scottish Temperance Review 1846-1858;

  • Rechabite Magazine 1843-1846;

  • Rechabite Magazine and Juvenile Rechabite 1916-1970;

Personal papers of Walter Colbert comprising manuscript illustrated volumes by Walter Colbert titled James McCurrey Magazine, Aug 1901, and James McCurrey Magazine, Coronation Number, 1902;

Personal Papers of Mark H C Hayler (MHCH) 1920s-1960s comprising:


  • manuscript and typescript papers including articles, stories, drama scripts

  • 'The splendid gestures' and 'The barrier of Kankoku', 1945;

  • Papers relating to his book Vision of a century - the history of the UKA;

  • Papers on the life of Robert Barclay (1648-1690);

  • Printed copies of journal 'No traitor's Gait - the autobiography of Guy Aldred' (1886-1963), 1955-1957;

  • Papers and letters on Prohibition and Temperance including the International Order of Good Templars, 1929-1930;

  • Printed copies of songs 'Serenity' and 'Quiet things', words by MCHC and music by Herbert M Gildersleve;

  • Printed report of the International Convention of the World League against alcoholism, Toronto, Canada 1922;

  • Files of papers and correspondence relating to the death of Guy Hayler (1850-1943);

  • Family letters, 1927, 1930s;

  • Cuttings of published articles by MHCH 1950s-1960s;

  • Scrapbook of articles by MHCH published in The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, 1928;

  • Scrapbook of typescript papers relating to the World Prohibition Federation, Mark Hayler 1927-1929;

  • Scrapbook of printed articles by various authors, [1910-1911];

  • New cuttings of articles by Mark Hayler compiled by Walter Trevelyan Hayler, 1902-1928 (2 vols.);

  • Papers relating to the World Prohibition Federation (founded 1909), of which Guy Hayler (father of Mark Hayler) was president and Mark Hayler, Secretary, including articles, addresses, press notices relating to George Bernard Shaw's lecture on temperance, Oct 1931;

  • Scrapbook containing the official souvenir handbook of the World Prohibition Federation all nations bazaar, 1926 and 1931, [1935]; newspaper cuttings 1925-1932; (4 boxes)

Glass plate negatives attributed to Mark Hayler (and probably used as illustrations for lectures and talks), [1920s-1930s] (6 boxes) of people, places, buildings, drawn illustrations.

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