Records of Aberdeen Trades Council

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1979 - 1982; minutes of: Council, 1876 - 1944, 1952 - 1983; committees, 1899 - 1910, 1921 - 1922; joint meetings with Aberdeen Labour Party, 1936 - 1937; Grampian Federation of Trades Councils (including inaugural meeting), 1973 - 1979; Aberdeen Trades and Labour Council (Unemployment Association), 1934 - 1941.

Administrative / Biographical History

Aberdeen Trades Council was established in 1868. Its formation at this time was prompted by the effects of the great strike of 1868, and achieved largely through the efforts of the Aberdeen branches of the Associated Carpenters and Joiners of Scotland, and the Operative Masons' and Granite Workers' Union. The Council assumed responsibility for organising the annual summer holiday for the Aberdeen trades, and from the outset, took an active role in both trade and municipal matters within the city. A full account of the Council's establishment and its first seventy years is given in William Diack's A history of the Trades Council and the Trade Union Movement in Aberdeen (Aberdeen: Aberdeen Trades Council, 1939).


Arranged by record type, and chronologically therein

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Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1957, by Aberdeen Trades Council. Additional deposits in 1967 and 1983.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen. Contents of this list are searchable on-line at, via the Historic Collections database.

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Related Material

Addresses delivered by the Labour party to Aberdeen Trades Council, and copies of its annual reports are held in the University's Local Collection. Full reference details are available in the Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

GB 231 MS 2663: Records of Aberdeen City Labour Party, 1947 - 1959 GB 231 MS 2677: Records of Wick and District Trades Council, 1944 - 1967

GB 231 MS 2664: Communist Party literature, 1891 - 1959 GB 231 MS 3069: Communist Party literature, 1920s - 1965 GB 231 MS 2671: Miscellaneous trade union literature, 1939 - 1966

GB 231 MS 2640 - 2700; GB 231 MS 2879; GB 231 MS 2880; GB 231 MS 2984: Deposits of nineteenth and twentieth century records concerning Trade Union branches in Aberdeen and north-east Scotland.


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