Reference number
  • F/003
  • Collection
  • 1971-1992
Extent and medium
  • 3 boxes
  • Papers of the Hosiery and Allied Trades Research Association comprising Council minutes, 1986-1992, and reports to the Research Committee and Member Service Committee, 1971-1989. The reports include details of the work conducted by HATRA including enquiries received, progress of projects, statistics on staffing, liaison with member firms, reports and publications produced, the work of the Library, training schemes, and testing work undertaken.
Administrative history
  • The Hosiery and Allied Trades Research Association (HATRA) was based at Thorneywood House, Nottingham. It was founded in July 1949 to support the hosiery section of the textile industry by conducting and publishing relevant research. The Association ran a research programme based on problems suggested by the hosiery industry, ran a testing and faults investigation service, managed a Library and Information Service, and sent representatives to Textile Institute committees. When the HATRA library was transferred to Leicester Polytechnic in 1992 it was described as "the best collection of information on knitted garment production in the world".
Conditions governing access
  • Available for general access. External researchers are advised to make an appointment with the Archivist.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • These papers were transferred to Leicester Polytechnic along with the HATRA Library.
Related units of description
  • Books and journals from the HATRA Library have been incorporated into the Fashion and Textiles sequence of the DMU Special Collections.
Archivist's note
  • Catalogued by Katharine Short, May 2013.