Records of the Scottish National Operative Plasterers' Federal Union (Aberdeen Branch)

Scope and Content

This collection contains records of the Aberdeen branch of the Scottish National Operative Plasterers' Federal Union, and its predecessor and successor organisations. It has been listed under this title at the request of the depositors.

Minutes, 1889 - 1972; income and expenditure book, 1936 - 1945; correspondence, 1889 - 1899; misc. printed papers and publications, 1924 - 1965 (including Rules and working regulations to be adhered to by members of the Scottish National Operative Plasterers' Protective and Benefit Union (1924), and Scottish Plasterer's Union Pence books, 1961 and 1964)

Administrative / Biographical History

The Aberdeen branch of the Scottish National Operative Plasterers' Federal Union was established on 3 Dec 1889, though a plasterers' union is known to have existed already in Aberdeen in 1866, when Aberdeen Trades Council was formed. The union's name was changed in 1941 to the Scottish National Operative Plasterers' Union; in 1959 to the Scottish Plasterers' Union; and in 1966 to the National Association of Operative Plasterers. On 1 July 1968 it became part of the Transport and General Workers' Union (Craft Section).

The minutes of the Aberdeen Branch, 1924 (described below), suggest that it was also known as the Scottish National Operative Plasterers' Protective and Benefit Union at this time.

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 Sept 1967 and June 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

Alternative Form Available

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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.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures

Custodial History

Some of these records were deposited via The Mitchell Library, Glasgow, in Sept 1967. The others were deposited personally by the union's Aberdeen Area Organiser, in June 1968.


No accruals expected

Related Material

GB 231 MS 2657/ 27/ 3: Rules of the Scottish National Operative Plasterers' Union, as revised Sept 1948, operative from 21 Jan 1949 (Glasgow).


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Additional Information

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