Reference code(s): COL/TCD/ER
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: TOWN CLERK'S DEPARTMENT: ELECTORAL REGISTRATION
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5.6 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Corporation of London
The office of Town Clerk can be traced back to 1274, when it was referred to as the office of Common Clerk. The Town Clerk was responsible for recording the minutes of the Common Council and all of its Committees as well as for general record keeping and administration.
In the present day, the Town Clerk and Chief Executive of the City of London has authority over all other City of London officers as is necessary for the efficient management and execution of the City of London's functions. He is also the City of London's principal advisor on matters of policy through the Policy and Resources Committee. The Town Clerk's department at the City of London is responsible for a number of areas of work, including servicing meetings of the Court of Common Council and Court of Aldermen, their committees, sub-committees and working parties. Other areas of work include taking responsibility for investigating complaints against the City of London from members of the public, acting as the Electoral Registration Officer and being responsible for the City of London's public relations, economic development and human resources.
Scope and content/abstract:
Papers of the Town Clerk collected as part of the Town Clerk's duties as Electoral Registration Officer, including papers relating to Parliamentary elections, 1650-1832; notes relating to Parliamentary elections in the City of London, 1760-1810; bill to regulate elections in the City of London, 1704; Acts of Parliament to regulate City of London elections, 1724, 1849 and 1852; broadsides produced for the Parliamentary election for the City of London candidate, 1780; City of London Returning Officer's papers for general and by-elections, 1929-1965; amendments to the City of London Municipal Elections Amendment Act, 1867 during the period of the Second World War, 1941; leaflet explaining the varieties of franchise in the City, 1970 and report of the Hansard Society Commission on Electoral Reform, 1976; electoral registers, 1872-1994.
Also some papers relating to City of London elections, including The method and rule of proceeding upon all elections, polls, and scrutinies at common-halls and wardmotes within the city of London, by Sir William Mildmay, 1743; and registers of persons entitled to vote at Ward elections, 1946-2000.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
In sections according to catalogue.
Conditions governing access:
These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copyright: City of London
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Corporation of London Records Office.
Existence and location of originals:
Existence and location of copies:
Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
Date(s) of descriptions: February 2009