Records of the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders' (Aberdeen No. 2 Branch)

Scope and Content

This collection comprises records of the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders (Aberdeen No. 2 Branch). It contains branch minutes (with minutes of 'aggregate' and joint branch meetings) for the period 1920 - 1961, and a wage agreement re. piecework hand-riveting rates reached between Aberdeen Shipbuilders' Association and the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders, 25 May 1936. There are also misc. printed papers, mainly circulars and reports, issued by the national society, 1955 - 1958.

Administrative / Biographical History

The United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders was formed in 1852, upon amalgamation of the Scottish Friendly Boilermakers' Society, the Amicable Provident Society of Journeymen Boilermakers of Great Britain, and the United Friendly Boilermakers' Society. The name was changed to the United Society of Boilermakers, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers in 1963, upon amalgamation with the Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers, and the Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association.

An Aberdeen branch of the United Society of Boilermakers and Iron and Steel Shipbuilders was established in 1872.

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.


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Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Presented to the University in Feb and Oct 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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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: ) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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Related Material

GB 231 MS 2670: Records of the Ship Constructors' and Shipwrights' Association (Aberdeen Branch), 1916 - 1965.


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