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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/034
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1801-1948
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 14 production units.
Name of creator(s): Bouverie Society | social club for pawnbrokers


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Bouverie Street Society (renamed the Bouverie Society in 1889) was established in 1801 at the Queen's Head tavern, Holborn, as a dining and debating society for master pawnbrokers. It was dissolved in 1948, owing to lack of support, when its property was sold and the proceeds transferred to the Pawnbrokers' Charitable Institution.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Bouverie Society, a social club for pawnbrokers. The records comprise: rules, 1934 (Ms 22321); minutes, 1801-1948 (Ms 22322); visitors' book, 1935-45 (Ms 22323); miscellaneous papers, 1897-1914 (Ms 22324-5); and photograph albums, late 19th century-early 20th century (Ms 22326).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records have been sorted into an order which reflects divisions between the different functions and operations of the organisation and its administration.

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:

The surviving records of the society were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1987 with the archives of the National Pawnbrokers' Association. They were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in the same year. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See CLC/012 for the records of the National Pawnbrokers' Association.

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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