Records of the National Union of Vehicle Builders (Aberdeen Branch)

Scope and Content

This collection contains records of the Aberdeen branch of the National Union of Vehicle Builders, and its predecessor, the United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers, 1891 - 1966: Branch minutes, 1949 - 1954 and 1960 - 1965; minutes of 'shop' meetings held by members employed in Aberdeen Corporation Transport Department, 1957 - 1966; entrance book, 1891 - 1920; benefit book, 1946 - 1950.

Administrative / Biographical History

The United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers was established in 1834. It amalgamated with the London and Provincial Coachmakers' Society, the Operative Coachmakers' and Wheelwrights' Federal Labour Union, and the London Coachsmiths' and Vicemen's Trade Society in 1919, to form the National Union of Vehicle Builders. The Amalgamated Society of Wheelwrights, Smiths and Motor Body Makers merged with the union in 1925, and the Wheelwrights' and Coachmakers' Operative Union also joined in 1948. In 1972 the National Union of Vehicle Builders became part of the Transport and General Workers' Union.

An Aberdeen branch of the United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers was established by May 1891.

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.


Arranged by record type, and chronologically therein

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1968

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

GB 231 MS 2984: Records of the Scottish Operative Coachmakers' Union (Aberdeen), 1891 - 1895


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