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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4243
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1923-1992
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 13.79 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Association of County Councils


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Association of County Councils (ACC) was formed in 1974 and succeeded the County Councils Association which was founded in 1889. The ACC represented the views and interests of the county councils of England and Wales. This was achieved through activities such as holding conferences and regular meetings, education and training, scientific/systematic research, exhibitions. the collection of statistics, providing an information service and library, holding negotiations on pay and conditions of employment, and meeting with government on particular issues. The membership extended to 46 county councils in England and Wales.

The ACC was incorporated into the Local Government Association (LGA) on 1 April 1997. The LGA itself was formed by the merger of the ACC, The Association of District Councils (ADC) and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (AMA) to represent the interests of principal local authorities in England and Wales. The County Councils Network (CCN) formed in 1997 to address issues of specific importance to County Councils.


Scope and content/abstract:

Subject files of committees of the Association of County Councils. The subjects are diverse and cover various aspects of the work and policies of local government. The committees from which files were retained were:
Agriculture 1936-1992;
Community Services 1977-1990;
Education 1941-1990;
Fire Service and Emergency Planning 1947-1992;
Highways 1969-1991;
Housing 1985-1992;
Local Government Finance 1976-1991;
Local Government Reorganisation 1971-1986;
National Parks 1973-1977;
Planning 1949-1992;
Police 1923-1990;
Policy 1976-1989;
Press and Public Relations 1985-1990;
Social Service 1968-1992.

Also some papers of the Association of County Chief Executives.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records have been catalogued retaining the original filing system used by the ACC. The records were arranged by committee and then ordered alphabetically within the filing system.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of the ACC were transferred to the London Metropolitan Archives as a gift in February 1999, and the files have been weeded, retaining a representative sample.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The LGA (Local Government Association) hold signed minutes of the Association of County Councils, the Association of District Councils and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities as well as ACC publications.

The University of Birmingham Library holds the spare copies of the ACC minutes and some records of the AMA.

The London Metropolitan Archives holds published minutes of the ACC (1973-1997), the County Council Association (1967-1974), the Association of Municipal Corporations (1912-1929) and also the year books for the ACC (1974-1983) and the County Councils Association (1954-1972).

Along with the minutes LMA holds subject files from the Association of District Councils (LMA/4244) and a short series of files from the Local Government Association (LMA/4222) relating to annual balances and Belgravia Holdings Limited.

Publication note:

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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