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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 A/RSB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1828-1953
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.92 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Royal Standard Benefit Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Royal Standard Benefit Society was a mutual sickness and burial society founded in 1828. According to Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879, the object of the Society was to provide members with weekly payments in cases of sickness, monies towards their own or their wives' funerals, the expenses of their wives' lying-in, replacement of tools if lost in a fire, and superannuation. The Society was open to "respectable healthy men under 35 years of age" who earned over 28 shillings a week, and charged a joining fee and a quarterly subscription.

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Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Royal Standard Benefit Society, including Committee and Trustees meeting minutes; notices of forthcoming meetings; registers of members; example of a certificate of the freedom of the Society; and financial accounts.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

A/RSB-1: Notices; A/RSB-2: Registers; A/RSB-3: Certificates; A/RSB/4: Accounts.

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:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in October 1962.

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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