Collection T-GTS - Glasgow Typographical Society records

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GB 249 T-GTS


Glasgow Typographical Society records


  • 1817 - 1966 (Creation)

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4 metres

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Administrative history

The Glasgow Typographical Society was formed in 1817 by the letter-press printers of Glasgow, to represent the master printers and other workers in the industry. It was one of the earliest trade unions in Britain and campaigned for workers' employment rights and pay. The society also provided financial support to members who had fallen on hard times.

The Glasgow Typographical Society became a branch of the Scottish Typographical Association when the latter was founded in 1853.

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(Founded 1853)

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Minutes; contribution books; quarterly reports; rules and standing orders; financial records; membership records; branch and section records; chapel records; correspondence and agreements.

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Conditions governing access

Some membership records and contribution books are restricted in compliance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 1998.

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  • English

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    Item level catalogue available in reading room.

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    Later records are held by the trade union, Amicus.

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