Records of the National Union of Dyers, Bleachers and Textile Workers (Aberdeen Branch)

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1942 - 1953; annual accounts, 1940 - 1946; correspondence, 1939 - 1965.

Administrative / Biographical History

The union was formed in June 1936 on amalgamation of the National Union of Textile Workers, the Amalgamated Society of Dyers, Finishers and Kindred Trades, and the Operative Bleachers', Dyers' and Finishers' Association. It was joined by the Union of Jute, Flax and Kindred Textile Operatives in May 1979.

An Aberdeen Branch was active between 1939 and 1965.

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 1967

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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Related Material

GB 231 MS 2667/21/36: Correspondence between District Secretary of the Amalgamated Engineering Union and Messrs Richards Ltd., Aberdeen, regarding claims, disputes, hours, members, references, wages etc., 1950 - 1962. (The employees of Messrs Richards Ltd., Aberdeen were members of the National Union of Dyers, Bleachers and Textile Workers).


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