Council Employees

Was your ancestor a teacher, fire officer, police officer or tram driver? This guide will help you to discover how to research council employees in Glasgow and Strathclyde.

What do I need to know before I start?

Try to find out:

  • name of the person
  • occupation
  • when they worked for the Council


​What records can I find in the Mitchell: Glasgow City Archives?

If you have found an ancestor who worked for the Council, there are various sources that you can use to research their employment:

  • Glasgow Corporation annual lists of mainly white-collar workers, 1899-1975
  • Glasgow Corporation Transport Department superannuation records, 1923-1983
  • Glasgow Corporation Cleansing Department (Northern District) register of employees, 1884-1970.

More promising are the records of professional staff, such as the teachers, fire officers and police officers where more detailed employment records survive.

If your ancestor was a council employee elsewhere in the Strathclyde area, contact the City Archives for information on records that we might hold.


What records can I see online?

There are no records available online.



Glasgow City Archives

0141 287 2910

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