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Trade unions and staff associations
Records of Staff Associations at the University of Strathclyde and its predecessors include:
Politics and labour history
Conversation with David McLetchie MSP
An interview with David McLetchie, who was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), from its inception in 1999, until his death in 2013, and was also leader of the Scottish Conservative Party from 1999 to 2005.
Pamphlets, mainly on anarchism, socialism and alternative politics
Labour history collection
Publications on socialism and left wing politics.
Mary Auld papers
Documents, photographs and press cuttings relating to Labour Party conferences and party activists.
National Council of Labour Colleges collection
Library of the National Council of Labour Colleges contains mainly 20th century publications on socialism, and includes Labour Party publications, literature and history.
Books and pamphlets mainly on socialism and communism.
Books on socialism in the UK and internationally, and women's rights.
Scottish Farm Servants Union collection
Books on labour and agricultural history.
Articles and blogposts
The Papers of Mary Auld
A letter dated 5 September 1939, the day on which Britain declared war on Germany, gives not only a first-hand account of that moment, but also reveals the often unspoken feelings of female political activists operating in a masculine environment. Its author, Mary Sutherland (1895-1972) was the Labour Party’s Woman Organiser for Scotland and subsequently the national Labour Party Chief Woman Officer.
Daniel Defoe's History of the Union
In this month [July 2013] in 1707, the Act of Union between England and Scotland was passed. To commemorate this important piece of legislation as well as to fuel the ongoing debate surrounding the Scottish Referendum, our choice this month is one of our rare books: The history of the union between England and Scotland, written by Daniel Defoe and published, over fifty years after his death, in 1786.
Collections at other repositories