Records of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (Aberdeen branches)

Scope and Content

This collection contains records created by the three Aberdeen branches of A.S.W. and its predecessors. Demarcation between records created by A.S.W and records created by its predecessors is not always clear, and for the purpose of this collection level description they have been described as one.

The records of No. 1 Branch are deposited in GB 231 MS 2668; those for No. 2 Branch are deposited in GB 231 MS 2668 and GB 231 MS 2674; and those for No. 3 Branch in GB 231 MS 2653.

Aberdeen (No. 1 Branch) Minutes, 1885 - 1907, 1915 - 1954; ' Vacant ' books, 1930 - 1932; proposition form and entrance books, 1926 - 1947; Sick Steward's book, 1953 - 1955; contribution and check books, 1936 - 1956; cash books, 1947 - 1951; rules and regulations, 1948, 1952.

Aberdeen (No. 2 Branch) Minutes, 1894 - 1901, 1908 - 1922; rules and regulations, 1905 - 1939

Aberdeen (No. 3 Branch) Minutes, 1917 - 1929

Administrative / Biographical History

The Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners [A.S.C.J.] was established in Aberdeen by July 1885, and by 1921 there were 3 branches active in the city. Its name was changed to the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters, Cabinetmakers and Joiners, probably after merging with the Amalgamated Union of Cabinetmakers c 1917, though the records deposited here remain inconclusive on this point. In 1921, it became the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers [A.S.W.]. Other local branches were established in Peterhead on 7 Feb 1914, in Keith by 1938, and in Turriff by 1942.

The Associated Carpenters' and Joiners' Society [A.C.J.S.] had merged with the A.S.C.J. in 1911. The 'Associated' society was itself, formed in 1861, with a membership of 34 in Aberdeen at that time. Its members played an integral part in founding the Aberdeen Trades Council in 1868, and during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were involved in a number of high profile disputes and strike actions for improved working hours and pay.

The records deposited here by the A.S.W. suggest that there may have been other societies representing woodworking employees in and around Aberdeen in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their history and chronology have not been established, indeed, they may simply represent alternative names by which the three main organisations described above, were known.

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.

Arrangement

Arranged by record type, and chronologically therein

Conditions Governing Access

Permission required from branch for access to GB 231 MS 2674 (records deposited by Aberdeen No. 2 Branch). Thereafter, access is subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet.

Acquisition Information

GB 231 MS 2653 deposited in Feb 1968, by A.S.W. (Aberdeen No. 3 Branch) GB 231 MS 2653 deposited in Feb 1968, by A.S.W. (Aberdeen No. 3 Branch) GB 231 MS 2668 deposited in Apr 1968, by A.S.W. (Aberdeen No. 1 Branch) GB 231 MS 2668 deposited in Apr 1968, by A.S.W. (Aberdeen No. 1 Branch) GB 231 MS 2674 deposited in Oct 1968, by A.S.W. (Aberdeen No. 2 Branch)

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive lists available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen. Contents of the lists for GB 231 MS 2668 and GB 231 MS 2674 are searchable on-line at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/historic/collects/stiqcgi/prelim01.html , via the Historic Collections database.

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/library/

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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: speclib@abdn.ac.uk ) 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.

Appraisal Information

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Related Material

GB 231 MS 2652: Records of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (Aberdeen District), 1868 - 1961. This deposit includes records of Aberdeen district office, and branch offices at Keith and Turriff. GB 231 MS 2652: Records of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (Aberdeen District), 1868 - 1961. This deposit includes records of Aberdeen district office, and branch offices at Keith and Turriff. GB 231 MS 2679: Records of the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers (Peterhead Branch), 1914 - 1944.

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