Records of the Scottish Schoolmasters' Association and related organisations

Scope and Content

This collection of printed papers was compiled by James W. Fowler, during his membership of the Scottish Schoolmasters' Association [S.S.A.]. The bulk of the papers are institutional records of the S.S.A., 1934 - 1963, and as such, relate to its internal organisation and relationships with allied bodies; but there are also printed papers produced by Government departments and other teachers' professional organisations, and newspaper cuttings, reports, etc. which contain information on developments and trends in education and teaching during the period 1935 - 1960.

Institutional records of the S.S.A. include minutes, 1935 - 1963; financial papers, 1934 - 1958; and correspondence, 1934 - 1960. There are also papers relating to the S.S.A.'s relationship with the Educational Institute of Scotland [E.I.S.], 1935 - 1946, and the National Association of Schoolmasters [N.A.S.], 1939 - 1957. An incomplete run of the S.S.A. journal, The Scottish Schoolmaster, 1935 - 1965, and pamphlets and circulars re. equal pay, negotiations with other bodies etc., 1935 - 1957, are also included, and there is a historical note on the Association, which was written by James Fowler for The Scottish Schoolmaster in November 1960.

Other printed papers accumulated by James Fowler include the N.A.S. journal, The New Schoolmaster (1935 - 1946), and the E.I.S. journal, E.I.S. quarterly (1935 - 1957). Individual and miscellaneous publications, pamphlets and newspaper cuttings relating to the profession are also represented.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Scottish Schoolmasters' Association was established on 20 January 1934, on amalgamation of the Men Teachers Association, Glasgow (est. 1931), and the Scottish Schoolmasters' Association, Edinburgh (est. 1932). In Jan 1976, it joined with the Union of Women Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters, to form the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers.

James J. Fowler was born in Aberdeen on 13 October 1898, and graduated MA from Aberdeen University in 1923. He was appointed assistant teacher of modern languages at Ayr Academy, Ayr, in 1924, and then principal teacher (later deputy rector) at Carrick Academy, Maybole, Ayrshire. He was a founding member of the Scottish Schoolmasters' Association and served as president for the period 1946 - 1948. He died on 7 October 1965. A short obituary is given in Aberdeen University Review, 42 (1967 - 68), 86.


Arranged by record type, and chronologically therein

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Acquisition Information

Donated to the University in 1966, by James J. Fowler's Executors

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Descriptive list available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen.

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

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Related Material

GB 231 MS 3545: Records of the Educational Institute of Scotland, Aberdeen Association, 1920 - 1986.


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