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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CL/GP
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1889-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 7.12 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London County Council delegated administrative matters to its committees, both standing committees and a number of special committees appointed for specific purposes. The committees met frequently, either weekly or fortnightly, while the Council met weekly. Committee reports requiring decision by the Council were dealt with weekly, and each committee reported to the Council every 6 months. In addition the Council also had representatives on many bodies such as industrial councils, school governing bodies and charitable foundations. For the purpose of carrying out the services of the Council, the staff is organised into departments, each of which is under the responsibility of a chief officer.

The Clerk of the Council was the chief administrative officer of the Council, acting as the clerk of the Council itself as well as the various committees. Additional important duties of the Clerk's Department included the maintenance of the library for members of the Council at City Hall, the preparation of general publications and the responsibility for general work including records.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Clerk's Department relating to the General Purposes Committee, 1889-1965. Committee Clerk's general papers on a variety of subjects including: advertisements, aerodromes, aircraft, air pollution, airports, the Central Unemployed Body, the Metropolitan Water Board, the Advisory Committee for London Regional Planning, the London War Pension Committee, the Thames Conservancy Board, building control, bye law proposals, care of illegitimate children, care of children neglected or ill treated in their own homes, the Church of England Advisory Board on Spiritual Ministration, control of clubs and all-night cafes, Fair Wages Clause in contracts, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Sadlers Wells Opera School, the Coronation (1911), the Coronation (1937), the Coronation (1953), delegation of powers to Metropolitan Borough Councils, employment of disabled ex-servicemen, Thames flood prevention, inquiry into homelessness, the Joint Committee of members and school keepers, the Joint Committee of members and staff, legislative proposals, licensing planning in London Area, London County Council (General Powers) Bill, London markets, National Health Service, National Insurance Acts, Petty Sessional Divisions and Justices Clerks, Quarter Sessions, redevelopment of South Bank, staff, street trading, the Town and Country Planning Act 1959, the Trade Union Joint negotiating Committee for LCC Staff, Second World War damage, lists of rates of wages and hours of labour recognised and obtained by trades unions, the Port of London Authority, gifts to and from the Council, bequests to the Council, free legal advice centres and the "Cutty Sark".

Papers relating to the arts and arts venues, 1913-1965, including Alexandra Park and Palace, the Advisory Body on Art Acquisition, the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Commonwealth Arts Festival, the Crystal Palace, the Festival Gardens, the Festival of Britain 1951, Holland House, Kenwood House, municipal theatres (the Old Vic and Sadlers Wells), the Museum of London, the National Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, the South Bank Development, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Central School of Arts and Crafts, Covent Garden Opera House, London Festival Ballet and London Music Guild. Also daily summaries of press comment on preparations for the Festival of Britain, 1951.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Committee Clerk's General Papers: LCC/CL/GP/1; Special Development and the Arts, LCC/CL/GP/2.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the LCC please see Achievement: A Short History of the London County Council by W Eric Jackson (1965), LMA Library reference 18.0 1965, The London County Council 1938, LMA Library reference 18.7 SER 4, and The Youngest County: A description of London as a county and its public services, 1951, LMA Library reference 18.0 1951.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
April to June 2009

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