Records of Aberdeen People's Press

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection consists wholly of printed papers and publications. It contains a full run of the Aberdeen People's Press, 1973 - 1976, and copies of pamphlets and other publications produced and printed by the Press, 1973 - 1979. Additionally, there are copies of posters and publications printed by the Press for other organisations, 1973 - Feb 1979.

The group's pamphlet library, of radical and community group literature produced by other organisations is also deposited here, although it has yet to be fully catalogued..

Administrative / Biographical History

Aberdeen People's Press was established as a non-profit making company in May 1973. It's primary function was the production of the fortnightly community newspaper, Aberdeen People's Press, but it also ran a commercial printing service, providing cheap printing for socialist and community groups, and maintained a small library of radical and community group literature, which it made available for public consultation.

Aberdeen People's Press printed news about local government, business, land, housing and community issues, concentrating specifically on controversial and local interest stories which tended not to be covered by established local papers. Production of the paper and running of the press relied strongly on volunteer support, and contributions from their readership were strongly encouraged. Circulation varied at between 800 and 1700 per issue.

During 1976 the company made a number of organisational changes, becoming formally worker-controlled at this time, with clearer demarcation than hitherto between its newspaper and printing functions. In the summer of 1976 production was halted on the newspaper and attention turned to the production of pamphlets.

During the latter part of 1976 and early 1977 the company published Aberdeen in the General Strike; The Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination Acts; and Low Priority - pre-school childcare in the north east. In July 1977 proposals were drafted for a new local paper, a more clearly political paper to meet the demands of the current situation and organisation, with a clearer division of responsibilities for day to day running and editorial policy-making (Alan Marshall Aberdeen People's Press, in Scottish Community Newspapers, ed. Brian Murphy (n.p.:Scottish International Institute, 1978)).

More information about the work and organisation of the People's Press will be found in Alan Marshall Aberdeen People's Press, in Scottish Community Newspapers, ed. Brian Murphy (n.p.:Scottish International Institute, 1978).

Arrangement

The collection has not been fully listed, but is available for consultation

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University Library in January 1980, by Alan Marshall of Aberdeen People's Press. The deposit included printed material from the People's Press pamphlet library, which has been accessioned separately in the University Library Special Library and Books Collection.

Other Finding Aids

Hand-written list of titles available in the Reading Room (e-mail: speclib@abdn.ac.uk).

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/library/

Alternative Form Available

No copies known

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: speclib@abdn.ac.uk ) 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

Deposited in the University Library in January 1980, by Alan Marshall of Aberdeen People's Press. The deposit included printed material from the People's Press pamphlet library, which has been accessioned separately in the University Library Special Library and Books Collection.

Accruals

It is anticipated that accruals will be received in the future

Bibliography

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Additional Information

This material is original