Records of the Scottish Union of Bakers and Confectioners (Aberdeen Branch)

Scope and Content

Minutes 1922 - 1948; contribution books (from 1940, contribution and entrance books), 1922 - 1949; cash books (quarterly and annual), 1922 - 1944; insurance benefit and record book, 1950 - 1954.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Operative Bakers of Scotland National Federal Union was established in 1888. With trade unionism strongly established amongst bakers of the North East - a Bakers' Union existed in Aberdeen before the formation of Aberdeen Trades Council in 1846 - Aberdeen was chosen as the union's first headquarters. By 1922 it had become known as the Scottish Union of Bakers and Confectioners, and later, as the Scottish Union of Bakers and Allied Workers. In 1978, it amalgamated with the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers [U.S.D.A.W.], becoming the Scottish Bakers' Section of that union.

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

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Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1968

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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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