Records of the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers (Aberdeen district)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Deposited in the University in Feb 1968, and May 1972, by D. W. Craig, District Secretary, Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers, Aberdeen. The 1968 deposit comprised original copies of the union's printed journal, The Operative Masons' and Granite Cutters' Journal, and microfilm copies of its institutional records. The institutional records were to be deposited in the head office of the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers in London, with a microfilm copy held locally. In the end, the records remained in Aberdeen, and in 1972 they were deposited in the University.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Aberdeen Operative Masons' and Stonecutters' Society was established in 1888. It amalgamated with the United Operative Masons' and Granite Workers' Union in 1896, forming the United Operative Masons' and Granite Cutters' Union. In 1921, the United Operative Masons' and Granite Cutters' Union joined with the Scottish Amalgamated Society of Tile Fixers, Marble Workers and Fireplace Builders, and the Associated Paviors' Federal Union, to form the Building and Monumental Workers' Association of Scotland. This became part of the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers in Apr 1942; and by 1972, had joined the newly-created Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians.

Further information about the development of the trade union movement and the history of individual trade unions in Aberdeen can be found in William Diack's, History of the Trades Council and the Trade Union Movement in Aberdeen (Aberdeen: Aberdeen Trades Council, 1939), and in Kenneth D. Buckley's, Trade Unionism in Aberdeen 1870 - 1900 (Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1955). Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan's Historical Directory of Trade Unions, 4 vols (Aldershot: Gower, 1980 - 1984) also contains useful information about the development of individual unions, at both the national and local level. Summarised details from each of these sources has been used in compiling this collection level description.

Arrangement

Arranged by record type, and chronologically therein

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Feb 1968, and May 1972, by D. W. Craig, District Secretary, Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers, Aberdeen. The 1968 deposit comprised original copies of the union's printed journal, The Operative Masons' and Granite Cutters' Journal, and microfilm copies of its institutional records. The institutional records were to be deposited in the head office of the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers in London, with a microfilm copy held locally. In the end, the records remained in Aberdeen, and in 1972 they were deposited in the University.

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 http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/historic/collects/stiqcgi/prelim01.html , via the Historic Collections database.

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/library/

Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: speclib@abdn.ac.uk ) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

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Custodial History

See Immediate Source of Acquisition, below.

Accruals

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Related Material

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Additional Information

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