CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2270
Alt Ref NoMS 3130
TitleAberdeen Trades Union Council papers
Date1876 - current
Extent22 volumes, 27 archives boxes, 1 outsize item and 1 outsize box: 10 linear metres
Creator NameAberdeen United Trades Council (to 1916)
Aberdeen Trades & Labour Council (1916-1935)
Aberdeen Trades Council (1936 – 2002)
Aberdeen Trades Union Council (2003 – current).
Administrative HistoryAberdeen Trades Union Council was established in 1868. Its formation at this time was prompted by the effects of the great strike of 1868, and achieved largely through the efforts of the Aberdeen branches of the Associated Carpenters and Joiners of Scotland, and the Operative Masons' and Granite Workers' Union. The Council assumed responsibility for organising the annual summer holiday for the Aberdeen trades, and from the outset, took an active role in both trade and municipal matters within the city.

A full account of the Council's establishment and its first seventy years is given in: A history of the Trades Council and the Trade Union Movement in Aberdeen (William Diack, Aberdeen Trades Council, 1939), Trade Unionism in Aberdeen 1878 – 1900 (K. D. Buckley, Edinburgh, 1955) and C.W.M. Phipps 'The Aberdeen Trades Council and Politics 1900-1939' (University of Aberdeen thesis, 1980).
SourceThe minute books of the Aberdeen Union Trades Council were presented to Aberdeen University Library in 1957 and 1967. Additional deposits in 1967, 1983 and ongoing.
DescriptionConstitution and legal papers: 1947 - c.1970s
Annual reports and accounts: 1884 - current (incomplete)
Minutes: 1876 - current
Correspondence and subject files: 1970s - current
Hall and social club administration: 1967 - 2009
Press cuttings: 1960s - 1990
Grampian Federation of Trades Councils minutes: 1973 - 1995
Song books of Bob Cooney, activist: c.early 1980s
Records arranged by form (artwork, photographs, plans): 20th century
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialMS 2663: Records of Aberdeen City Labour Party, 1947 - 1959
MS 2677: Records of Wick and District Trades Council, 1944 - 1967
MS 2664: Communist Party literature, 1891 - 1959
MS 2640 - 2700; MS 2879; MS 2880; MS 2984: Deposits of nineteenth and twentieth century records concerning Trade Union branches in Aberdeen and north-east Scotland.

Records of Aberdeen constituencies Labour parties (1939 - 1996) are held at Aberdeen City Archives, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ.
CopiesMicrofilm copies (5 reels) of the records from 1876 - 1951 are available (with introduction by Doris Hatvany), including: Council minutes (1876 - 1951), annual reports (1884 - 1936, with many gaps), minutes of sundry committees (1899 - 1922), Unemployment Association (1934 - 1941) and joint Trades Council and burgh Labour Party (1936 - 1937).
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