Records of Aberdeen City Labour Party

Scope and Content

Minutes, 19 Nov 1947 - 11 May 1959

Administrative / Biographical History

Aberdeen Labour Party sponsored its first candidate, in South Aberdeen, in the general election of 1892, though its first Labour victory did not come until 1918, when Frank H. Rose won North Aberdeen. The development of the Labour Party in the city is bound up with that of Aberdeen Trades Council, the two organisations meeting as combined bodies until 1935. At this time, the Scottish Council of the Labour Party and the General Council of the Scottish Trades Union Congress recommended that Trades and Labour Councils should cease to meet as combined bodies, and that instead Trades Councils and Labour Parties (or industrial and political sections) function separately, each being completely and finally responsible for its own business (William Diack, History of the Trades Council and the Trades Union Movement in Aberdeen, Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1939, p253).


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Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Feb 1968, by W. J. Fraser, Secretary, Aberdeen City Labour Party

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

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Related Material

Addresses delivered by the Labour Party to Aberdeen Trades Council and copies of its annual reports are deposited in the University's Local Collection. Full reference details are available in the Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

GB 231 MS 2270: Records of Aberdeen Trades Council, 1876 - 1955 (containing joint minutes of Aberdeen Trades Council and Aberdeen Labour Party, 1936 - 1937) GB 231 MS 2677: Records of Wick and District Trades Council, 1944 - 1967

GB 231 MS 2664: Communist Party literature, 1891 - 1959 GB 231 MS 3069: Communist Party literature, 1920s - 1965 GB 231 MS 2671: Miscellaneous trade union literature, 1939 - 1966

GB 231 MS 2640 - 2700; GB 231 MS 2879; GB 231 MS 2880; GB 231 MS 2984: Deposits of nineteenth and twentieth century records concerning Trade Union branches in Aberdeen and north-east Scotland. Two of these deposits contain trade union and labour party literature. These are GB 231 MS 2656 (National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers) and GB 231 MS 2681 (United Patternmakers Association).


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