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Commonwealth Legal Records Project Archive

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1697 A.CLRP
Held at: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
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Full title: Commonwealth Legal Records Project Archive
Date(s): 1984-1993
Level of description: Sub-fonds of Records of Legal Education Archives
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Extent: 14 boxes
Name of creator(s): Commonwealth Legal Records Project
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Commonwealth Legal Records Project (CLRP), which began its investigations in 1990, was jointly sponsored by the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) and the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA), and was financed by a grant from the Leverhulme Foundation. It comprised a three year programme of research into modern legal records throughout the Commonwealth. The objectives of the study were to: i) analyse questions relating to the nature, extent and potential uses of legal records of all kinds; ii) collect information about the state of legal records in selected Commonwealth jurisdictions; iii) analyse factors relevant to devising informed policies regarding the management, appraisal, preservation and destruction of legal records and suggest guidelines; iv) produce and disseminate the findings of the study in a form that would be useful to interested institutions and individuals in different jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, especially developing countries.

Publications: William Twining and Emma Varnden Quick Legal records in the Commonwealth (Aldershot, Dartmouth, 1994); Legal records in Accra (Ghana).


Scope and content/abstract:

The Archive of the Commonwealth Legal Records Project consists of administrative records, 1989-1993; records relating to the publication of Legal records in the Commonwealth, 1991-1993; general research files, 1984-1993; England and Wales research files, 1989-1993; Ghana research files, 1990-1992.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in series as in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright declaration form to be completed.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue available at the IALS and on-line at

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were transferred to the Records of Legal Education Archives upon the project's completion in 1993 by its co-ordinators, William Twining and Clare Cowling.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: British Library on-line public access catalogue 1997. Compiled by Annabel Dodds for the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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:
Aug 2000

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