Papers of Mary Auld

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Documents and photographs relating to Labour Party conferences and Party activists; Press cuttings and articles about Mary Auld and Mary Sutherland; Postcards illustrating people and events in labour history.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mary Auld was brought up in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, and moved to Glasgow during World War I. Her first husband was killed in action, leaving her to care for three young step children. In 1922 she married Jimmy Auld, and both became active members of the Cathcart Labour Party. For twelve years Mary was Chairman of Glasgow Women's Advisory Council and served on the Executive of the Scottish Council of the Labour Party from 1932-1941, being Chairman in 1937. She encouraged women to take an active role in the Labour Party and organised systematic canvassing, welfare and educational work. In this voluntary capacity she worked closely with Mary Sutherland, Women's Officer of the Scottish Labour Party during the 1920s and with her successor, Agnes Lauder when Mary Sutherland moved to London as Chief Woman Officer of the Labour Party, a post which she held from 1932-1960. In mid 1940 Mary Auld was appointed Woman Organiser for Scotland after the death of Mrs Lauder, and filled this post with distinction until her retirement in 1958.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Note

Accession 798.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued online to item level

Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison.Rules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: May 2008

Related Material

Sutherland Collection of books in Andersonian Library Special Collections