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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/166-03
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1834-1957
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 71 production units.
Name of creator(s): Mutual Life Assurance Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Mutual Life Assurance Society was founded in 1834 by the brothers James and William Burchell, and originally based at 37 Old Jewry. In 1848 it moved to 39 King Street, and expanded into no. 38 in 1859, new premises being built on the site. The Mutual merged with the National Life Assurance Society in 1896 to form the National Mutual Life Assurance Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Mutual Life Assurance Society records comprise constitutional documents, minutes, annual reports and accounts, records of policies and claims, and other administrative records. Some series were maintained by National Mutual after the merger.

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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:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were given to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 2002 and subsequently catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the National Life Assurance Society see CLC/B/166-02; for the National Mutual Life Assurance Society see CLC/B/166-01.

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:
January to May 2011.

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