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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/MIN-2
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 MIN-1 and MIN-2)
Name of creator(s): TBA


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 London County Council special and joint committees, 1889-1965, as follows:
Allegations (Council Officials) Committee
Special Committee on the Establishment of an Ambulance Service
Special Committee on Building Control
Advisory Committee on the Control on the Construction of Buildings in London
Charing Cross Bridge Advisory Committee
Church of England Advisory Board on Spiritual Ministration
Special Committee on Contracts
Special Joint Committee on the provision of Coroner's Courts and Mortuaries
Council Chamber and Offices Committee
Special Committee on the transfer of County Business
County Hall Luncheon Club Committee
County Rate Committee
Departmental Committees on the Organisation and Working of LCC Departments
Special Committee on the Office of Deputy Chairman of the Council
Advisory Committee on the Design of Consumer Goods
Special Committee on Finance Bill, 1914
Special Committee on Fire Insurance
Greater London Regional Planning Committee
Meetings of Heads of Departments
Special Committee on Health Administration in London
Hospitals Committee
Interim Panel
Juveniles Committee
Lack of Employment Conference
Joint Committee on the working of the Leyton tramways
Loan Fund for Prospective Teachers
Special Committee on Local Expenditure
Local Pension Committee
Special Committee on Locomotion and Transport in London
London Air Terminal
Advisory Committee on the Amendment of the London Building Act, 1930
Special Committee on London Electricity Supply
Special Committee on changes in London Local Government
Special Committee on London Government
London War Pensions Committee
Special Joint Committee on the Control of lunatics, imbeciles and infectious poor
Advisory Committee on combined medical appointments in Division 9 of the LCC Public Health Department
Members and Staff Committee
Joint Committee of Members and School-keepers
Special Committee of Inquiry into certain matters of administration in the Mental Hospitals Department
Sub-committee of the Provisional LCC appointed to confer with a Committee of the Metropolitan Board of Works
Special Committee on the provision of New Offices
Officers (Education) Superannuation Committee
Conference on Open Spaces for recreational purposes
Special Committee on the Organisation of the Council's Service
Poor Law Committee
Procedure Committee
Richmond Hill (Preservation of View) Executive Committee
Committee of Inquiry on Sadlers Wells
Special Committee on Staff Appeals
Conference on regulations in connection with Streets and Street traffic
Special Committee on the allocation of the cost of Street Improvements along Tramway Routes
Survey of London (Joint Publishing) Committee
Teacher's Superannuation Committee
Special Committee on Technical Education
Special Committee on Thames Bridges
Joint Committee on Thames Flood Prevention
Special Committee on Traffic
Tramways Committee
Special Joint Sub-committee on the Typhoid Fever Epidemic in Maidstone and the London Water Supply
Special Committee on the Unemployment
Special Committee on the Valuation of Land
Special Committee on the War Estimates
Special Committee on the Works Department

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/48-111: Committee minutes arranged alphabetically by Committee name.

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:

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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