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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/SU/GEN
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1889-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 7.43 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

A central stores was established in 1898 under the direction of the Clerk of the Council, who also became responsible, after 1904, for the central stores organisation taken over from the School Board for London. Before 1898, each department was responsible for its own supplies and, after that date, it continued to be responsible for those items not centrally supplied.

The Council decided, on 29 June 1909, to create a separate Stores Department under its own Chief Officer. The name was changed to Supplies Department on 11 May 1926.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Stores Department, later Supplies Department, 1889-1965, including papers relating to allegations of price ring for the supply of lead pencils; forms of tender for various supplies including boots, clothing, and provisions (a form of tender was provided for each commodity with instructions to the tenderer, a schedule showing quantities required and, where appropriate, a specification); standard forms of tender for individual commodities; standard forms of tender for individual commodities, Tramways Series; reports and research on the stores organisations of other local authorities and organisations; papers and reports of the Departmental Committee on the Organisation of the Supplies Department; papers and reports of the Special Committee on Local Expenditure; annual reports on the work of the Stores (later Supplies) Department with annual accounts; reports on stores procedures; papers on the manufacture and supply of clothing, textiles, soft goods, leather and glassware; papers on the production of the Municipal Map of London and the Education Map of London; findings of an enquiry into the medical requirements of hospitals, asylums and other institutions and the method of supplying; statistics and accounts; plans of Stores Depots; pamphlet containing instructions as to stores procedure for staff ordering stores; 'Please Supply', handbook for new entrants to the Supplies Department; Supplies Department Office Manual; Supplies Department Reports by the Chief Officer; Supplies Department Supplies Committee Orders; Supplies Department other Committee Orders and Chief Officer's instructions.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/SU/GEN/01: Allegations; LCC/SU/GEN/02: Forms of tender; LCC/SU/GEN/03: Reports; LCC/SU/GEN/04: Miscellaneous; LCC/SU/GEN/05: Chief Officer

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:

For descriptions of the work of the Department, see LCC Publications Nos 3915 ("The Supply Services of the London County Council", 1955) and 4084 ("Delivering the Goods", 1960).

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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