Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4669
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: SWISS BENEVOLENT SOCIETY
Date(s): 1868- 2007
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Swiss Benevolent Society xx Fonds de Secours pour les Suisses Pauvres a Londres
The Swiss Benevolent Society was founded as Fonds de Secours pour les Suisses Pauvres a Londres on 1 January 1870, although its history can be traced back to the Société de Secours Mutuels des Suisses a Londres (Société des Suisses), which was founded in 1703. It has undergone many transformations throughout its history, but its main aim of providing help to its compatriot members in cases of illness and hardship has remained the same and continues to this day. Those receiving help have included 19th-century economic migrants, 1960s' au pairs, and now, increasingly, the elderly.
For more information about the Society's history and activities please see their website: https://swissbenevolent.org.uk
Scope and content/abstract:
Records of the Swiss Benevolent Society including statutes and regulations, annual reports, minutes, membership records, registers and case files of grant recipients, financial records including legacies, property records relating to the Society's offices and Hendon Cemetery grave plots, printed material and publications. The collection also contains records of related Swiss charity organisations.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: French, German and English. Until 1933, all records were kept in French, after that they are mostly in English unless otherwise stated.
System of arrangement:
The records are arranged as follows:
LMA/4669/F: Related organisations
LMA/4669/G: Printed material and publications
Conditions governing access:
These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the Data Protection Act, 2018.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copyright is held by the depositor.
Please see online catalogues at: https://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm
Immediate source of acquisition:
Deposited in 2014.
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: Added August 2018.