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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/017
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1832-1990
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 2798 production units.
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is the trade body for insurance companies in the UK. It was formed in 1985 on the merger of the British Insurance Association, the Life Offices' Association, the Fire Offices Committee and the Accident Offices Association. The Association has around 400 companies in membership. The work of the ABI includes policy formulation, research and statistics, and public relations representing the insurance industry. It also organises conferences and seminars and publishes reports. The ABI is based at 51 Gresham Street in the City of London.



Scope and content/abstract:

Records of predecessors of the Association of British Insurers, comprising:
- Accident Offices Association (Overseas);
- Accident Offices Association;
- Aircraft Insurance Committee;
Association of Life Assurance Offices in India;
- British Insurance Association;
-British Life Assurance Trust;
- Building Society Indemnities Committee;
- Coal Pool;
- Consequential Loss Committee;
- Debris Clearance Pool;
- Engineering Offices Association;
- Fire Offices' Committee;
- Fire Offices Committee (Foreign);
- Fire Offices Committee of Ireland;
- Glasgow Rate and Salvage Association;
- Home Office Vehicles Pool;
- Industrial Life Offices Association;
- Insurance Companies (War Settlement) Committee;
- Life Offices' Association;
- South African Accident Council;
- London Australasian Insurance Committee;
- London Continental Fire Insurance Committee;
- London Fire Engine Establishment;
- London Salvage Corps;
- London South African Insurance Committee;
- London West Africa Insurance Committee;
- London Wharf and Warehouse Committee;
- National Amalgamated Approved Society;
- National Conference of Industrial Assurance Approved Societies;
- Printers and Theatres Rating Committee (Southern Committee);
- Trading with the Enemy Joint Insurance Committee.

PLEASE NOTE: further minutes and files of the British Insurance Association and files of other predecessor bodies, along with minutes and files of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) from 1985-2000, remain uncatalogued. The uncatalogued records are available by prior appointment only quoting accession reference B11/056. In addition access requests to ABI records from 1985-2000 are subject to prior permission from ABI. Please contact staff for further details.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Material is arranged in 32 subfonds according to individual company (as listed in the Scope and Content field). Within each subfond records are arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

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. Records are available only with 48 hours notice, with the exception of CLC/B/017/MS29151A/001-003 which are films and available by prior appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London except items dating from 1985 where copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section by the Association of British Insurers at various dates. The Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009. Further records were gifted in 2011; records of ABI dating after 1985 were deposited on long term loan in 2011.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records are held at LMA for many insurance companies who were members of the Associations and bodies contained in this archive.

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:
November 2010 to January 2011, updated October 2018.

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