Records of the National Union of Dock Labourers (No 15 Branch, Aberdeen)

Scope and Content

This collection contains records of the Aberdeen branch of the National Union of Dock Labourers, 1911 - 1952. It has not been fully catalogued, but is available to researchers. It includes: minutes, Dec 1911 - Apr 1952; weekly cash statements, Jan 1912 - Dec 1921.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Aberdeen branch of the National Union of Dock Labourers was formed on 4 Jan 1912. At this time there were 2 other national unions for dock labourers - the Dock Wharf Riverside and General Workers Union, and the Scottish Dock Labourers Union.

Eric Taplin, The Dockers' Union: a study of the National Union of Dock Labourers, 1889 - 1922 (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1985) contains more information about the organisation. 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, History of the Trades Council and the Trade Union Movement in Aberdeen (Aberdeen: Aberdeen Trades Council, 1939), and in Kenneth D. Buckley, Trade Unionism in Aberdeen 1870 - 1900 (Edinburgh and London: Oliver and Boyd, 1955). Arthur Marsh and Victoria Ryan, 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.


Not fully listed, but available for research

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Date and source not recorded - probably deposited in June 1973, by R. Webster, Secretary, Aberdeen Trades Council.

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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