Records of the Scottish Painters' Society (Aberdeen Branch)

Scope and Content

Minutes of the Scottish Painters' Society (Aberdeen Branch) and its predecessors, 1891 - 1962; accident fund book, 1900 - 1925; out of work register, 1900 - 1905; rules and regulations, 1917, 1930; Scottish Painters' Society Monthly Journal (from 1947, Scottish Painters' Journal ), 1932 - 1962

Administrative / Biographical History

An Aberdeen branch of the Scottish National Federation of House and Ship Painters was established in 1889. Its name was changed to the Scottish Amalgamated Society of House and Ship Painters ca 1900, and then to the Scottish Painters' Society, ca 1910. It merged with the Amalgamated Painters' Society in January 1963, and from this date became known as the Scottish Division of the Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators.

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

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Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Feb 1968, by R.S. Lennox, District Secretary, Amalgamated Society of Painters and Decorators (Scottish Division: Aberdeen District).

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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