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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/009
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1805-1930
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 42 production units.
Name of creator(s): London Institution | learned society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London Institution was founded in 1805 "for the advancement of literature and the diffusion of useful knowledge". It was run by a Committee of Managers and the ordinary members were "Proprietors" or life-subscribers to the Institution.

Its first premises were in Old Jewry, then King's Arms Yard and in 1819 a new building was completed in Finsbury Circus. As well as possessing a very large library, the Institution was noted for its lectures (especially on scientific subjects). An amalgamation with the Society of Arts was mooted in 1906, but never took place.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London Institution, comprising librarian's monthly reports, lists of proprietors, minutes, attendance books, correspondence and related papers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records have been arranged in order reflecting the record function, e.g. administration, financial and so on.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

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:

Ms 02749-59 were purchased by Guildhall Library in 1926.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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