|Description||The UK Soap Makers Association (UKSMA) was a voluntary organisation founded in 1867 to serve the general interests of the UK soap trade, promote fair prices and on occasion attempt to regulate them. It met quarterly with an annual meeting and dinner either in Liverpool or London in July. Lever Brothers were invited to join in 1889 and their growth and later dominance of the trade is reflected in the records. From 1914 the UKSMA increasingly subdivided to reflect specialist areas of soap production such as soft and toilet soap, before ceasing in 1929 when the records were sent to Lever House.|
Also included are the minutes of the Soap Makers Federation, created by the government during the First World War to manage market prices and supplies of raw materials to the soap industry.
The collection comprises of minute books for the UKSMA its subdivisions and the Soap Makers Federation; copy letter books; annual reports; subscription accounts; the 1920 constitution; a file of price lists and correspondence regarding an attempt to regulate prices in 1900; examples of menus from the annual dinner; and a typewritten history of the UKSMA from 1867-1906.