Records of the Shipconstructors' and Shipwrights' Association (Aberdeen Branch)

Scope and Content

This collection contains the records of the Aberdeen branch of the Shipconstructors' and Shipwrights' Association, 1916 - 1965, but there is some inconsistency, with the minutes for 1940 - 1941 still describing the society under its original name, the Associated Shipwrights' Society.

Minutes, 1940 - 1941 and 1952 - 1965; ' collector' or ' yard-committeeman's ' books (for A. Hall & Co, Hall Russell, John Lewis &Son, and Point Law yards), 1944 - 1954; members' contribution record books, 1939 - 1944; vacant book, 1939 - 1953; correspondence, 1945 - 1951; printed papers, 1916 - 1953 (including rules and regulations, 1943, 1950; annual reports, 1933 - 1953, and proceedings and annual reports of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions, 1947 - 1952)

Administrative / Biographical History

The Associated Shipwrights' Society was formed in 1872, through amalgamation of many of the small and long-established local shipwrights' societies that existed in Britain at this time. In the later nineteenth century, a separate Ship Constructive Association was formed by shipwrights working in the Royal Naval Dockyards. The two organisations co-existed until the period c.1900 - 1910, between which dates they joined with the National Society of Drillers, and the Amalgamated Society of Drillers and Hole Cutters, to form the Ship Constructive (later, Constructors') and Shipwrights' Association.

The association merged with the United Society of Boilermakers, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers, and the Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers' Society, to form the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers, in January 1963.

The Associated Shipwrights' Society is one of 12 organisations which formed the Confederation of Engineering and Shipbuilding Trades in 1891. The confederation was formed in response to a large number of demarcation disputes which were occurring in the industry at this time.

David Dougan, The Shipwrights: the history of the Shipconstructors' and Shipwrights' Association, 1882 - 1963 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Graham, 1975) contains more details about the organisation. 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

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in April 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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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 2669: Records of the United Society of Boilermakers, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers (Aberdeen Branch), 1920 - 1961


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