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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/167
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1829-1972
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 199 production units.
Name of creator(s): National Provident Institution | friendly society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The National Provident Institution was formed in 1835 as a friendly society, modelled on the Friends Provident Institution, to offer life assurance to a wide range of people. Its first office was at 13 Nicholas Lane; in 1843 it moved to 48 Gracechurch Street and, in 1857 and 1859, 49 and 50 Gracechurch Street were acquired. The existing buildings were demolished and a new office constructed on the site which was opened on 15 December 1862. A new building, incorporating 3 Eastcheap, was erected on the site and opened as the Institution's Head Office in 1960.


Scope and content/abstract:

National Provident Institution records comprise: records relating to registration and regulation, 1829-1964; annual reports, 1838-1931; minutes, 1835-1936; financial records, 1836-1948; correspondence, 1844; policy and claims registers, 1837-38; reports, 1835-1948; records relating to staff, 1836-1902; and miscellaneous papers, 1838-c 1960.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Since the records were catalogued, the following have been permanently withdrawn by the depositor: Ms 20257; Ms 20260 (item 6 of 9); Ms 20261; Ms 20262 (items 1, 3 and rules 1835, 1836 from 2); Ms 20265, Ms 20266; Ms 20267/1, 3, 34, 42-43, 48-49, 51; Ms 20278 (report on interim bonuses only); Ms 20294; and Ms 20299.

Immediate source of acquisition:

National Provident Institution deposited its archives in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in September 1982. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

A brief history of the Institution can be found in A Record of the First Hundred Years of the National Provident Institution, 1835-1935 by Stanley Hazell (Cambridge, printed for the NPI, 1935).

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:
January to May 2011.

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