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Associated Carpenters & Joiners' Society of Scotland: reports & returns

The Associated Carpenters' and Joiners' Society of Scotland was founded in 1861, largely on the initiative of the United Joiners of Glasgow and West of Scotland. In 1911 it merged with the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners. Although the majority of members were in Scotland, the ACJSS also operated in England and Northern Ireland. Branches outside Scotland included Belfast, Jarrow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough and Newcastle on Tyne.

The Associated Carpenters' and Joiners' Society of Scotland produced regular monthly, quarterly and half yearly reports for members. Interim fortnightly returns were also issued up to at least 1885. The reports and returns can include information about branch finances, local attempts at organisation and state of trade, death notices ('obituaries') of members and their wives if they were entitled to funeral benefits, and information about applications for the '£50 bonus' given to members unable to work through illness or disability. Monthly reports between 1872-1876 also include lists of members who were receiving union benefits (declaring on and off the funds).

The Modern Records Centre has an incomplete set of members' circulars for 1872-1876, 1880-1885, 1894-1898 and 1901-1911. The following volumes have been digitised in full:

Apr 1872 - Oct 1876Link opens in a new window

Feb 1880 - Jan 1885Link opens in a new window

Front page of the fortnightly return for 26 August 1880, it includes information about grants to members and an annual excursion