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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2677
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1888-1986
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Polytechnic Harriers | cross country running and athletics club


Administrative/Biographical history:

The inaugural meeting of the Polytechnic Harriers was held on September 5 1883 and from the beginning it was closely associated with the Polytechnic, Regent Street, founded by Quintin Hogg. Until 1886 the club concentrated purely on cross country running but quickly gained an international reputation for the high standard achieved by its members in all athletic disciplines. In 1975 the Harriers merged with Kingston AC and there is now little contact with the Polytechnic of Central London from which it originated.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Polytechnic Harriers, cross country running and athletics club. The collection comprises records relating to the administration of the club as well as scrapbooks, photographs and publications. These highlight the club's achievements and also reveal the tireless work of individuals that was necessary to run such a successful club and especially annual events such as the "Poly Marathon" and "The Kinniard Trophy". In addition to this they provide an interesting insight into how athletics has developed over the last one hundred years.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Minutes of committee meetings ACC/2677/01-17;
Annual reports ACC/2677/18;
General administration ACC/2677/19-20;
Scrapbooks ACC/2677/21-22;
Photograph albums ACC/2677/23-28;
Club athletic meetings ACC/2677/29-39;
Histories ACC/2677/40-44;
Miscellaneous ACC/2677/45-46;
Athletics Weekly ACC/2677/47-59;
Polytechnic Magazine ACC/2677/60-150;
Polytechnic Sports and Social Clubs monthly newsletters ACC/2677/151.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in March 1989.

Allied Materials

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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:
June to August 2010.

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