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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CL/IMP
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1883-1931
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 2.87 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 Improvements Committee, and also of the Bridges Committee (1889-1906) and the Corporate Property Committee (1889-1904) whose functions largely passed to the Improvements Committee on their closure.

Committee Clerk's general papers, 1883-1931, relating to a variety of subjects including the Land Transfer Act, 1897, leasehold redemption policies, auction of surplus land, tramways, arbitration proceedings, "London Street Improvements" pamphlet by Henry Clarke, Improvements Committee Chairman, 1892, LCC (Improvements) Bill 1897: minutes of evidence, speeches, and papers; LCC (Improvements) Bill 1900: minutes of evidence, speeches, and papers. Also papers relating to individual road improvements and widening schemes, and papers relating to the construction and maintenance of individual bridges, embankments and tunnels. Please consult the detailed catalogue for a full list.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Committee Clerk's General Papers: LCC/CL/IMP/1/1-195.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

For other London County Council Committees relating to roads, bridges and tunnels see LCC/CL/HIG, LCC/CL/MD and LCC/CE/RB.

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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