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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/MIN-1
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1889-1965
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 642.08 linear metres (combined extent of LCC/MIN-1 and LCC/MIN-2)
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London County Council, from its inception, followed the practice which had obtained under the Metropolitan Board of Works of preserving virtually all the documents which were before a committee or sub-committee at its meetings (not merely the more important reports, etc circulated with the agenda papers) and binding them in a series of volumes running parallel to the series of volumes of signed minutes. Except in the case of meetings of the Council itself and its Education and Public Assistance Committees (whose minutes were saleable to the public), no considerable body of background information tended to be incorporated in the minutes themselves and the attention of students is accordingly drawn to the desirability of consulting the presented papers of committees and sub-committees in conjunction with their study of the minutes.

Presented papers are normally bound chronologically, meeting by meeting and, within a meeting, follow the order of item numbers in the minutes, the item number usually being endorsed on the presented document in its top right-hand corner. Separate indexes from those associated with the minutes are not therefore called for.

The following are the exceptions to the system described above;-
a) There are no presented papers for certain minor special and ad hoc committees and sub-committees.
(b) Certain classes of plans and drawings were not retained by the Committee Clerks but were permitted to be returned to the department of origin.
(c) Certain plans and drawings of too large a size to be bound in with the presented papers are separately stored.
(d) The system of presented paper was not applied to the Education Committee and it sub-committees until September, 1940. The important reports, etc circulated before the meetings will, ever be found bound in with the agendas papers.
(e) The presented papers of the Asylums Committee up to the end of 1919 and some of its sub-committees up to somewhat later dates were sent for salvage during the Second World War.
(f) The presented papers of the Housing of the Working Classes Committee and the Public Health and Housing Committee between March, 1889 and December 1906 are bound subject by subject and not chronologically. From 1907, the normal chronological system is followed.
(g) The presented papers of the Theatres and Music Halls Committee between March 1889 and October 1909 are bound theatre by theatre and not chronologically with six additional volumes bound subject by subject. From October 1909, the normal chronological system is followed.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes and presented papers of meetings of the London County Council, 1889-1965. Also minutes and presented papers of London County Council Committees and Sub-Committees, as follows:
Air Raid Precautions Committee
Appeals Committee
Asylums Committee
Bridges Committee
Building Acts Committee
Central Public Health and Medical Services Committee
Children's Committee
Civil Defence Committee
Contagious Diseases Committee
Corporate Property and Endowments Committee
Education Committee
Emergency Committee
Entertainments Committee
Establishments Committee
Evacuation Committee
Finance Committee
Fire Brigade Committee
General Purposes Committee
Health Committee
Highways Committee
Historical Buildings and Records Committee
Housing Committee
Improvements Committee
Industrial Schools Committee
Inebriates Committee
Local Government Committee
Main Drainage Committee
Midwives Committee
New and Expanding Towns Committee
Parks and Open Spaces Committee
Parks (special entertainments) Committee
Parliamentary Committee
Public Assistance Committee
Public Control Committee
Public Health Committee
Restaurants and Catering Committee
Rivers Committee
Roads Committee
Smallholdings Committee
Stores Committee
Theatres Committee
Town Planning Committee
Water Supply Committee
Welfare Committee
Welfare of the Blind Committee
Works Committee

Please note that copies of these minutes and papers are on open access in the Information Area.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/MIN/1-47: Committee Minutes arranged alphabetically by Committee name.

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:

Further papers connected with Committees can be found in the papers of the Clerks Department (LCC/CL).

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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