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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4669
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1868- 2007
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Swiss Benevolent Society xx Fonds de Secours pour les Suisses Pauvres a Londres


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Swiss Benevolent Society was founded as Fonds de Secours pour les Suisses Pauvres a Londres on 1 January 1870, although its history can be traced back to the Société de Secours Mutuels des Suisses a Londres (Société des Suisses), which was founded in 1703. It has undergone many transformations throughout its history, but its main aim of providing help to its compatriot members in cases of illness and hardship has remained the same and continues to this day. Those receiving help have included 19th-century economic migrants, 1960s' au pairs, and now, increasingly, the elderly.

For more information about the Society's history and activities please see their website:


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Swiss Benevolent Society including statutes and regulations, annual reports, minutes, membership records, registers and case files of grant recipients, financial records including legacies, property records relating to the Society's offices and Hendon Cemetery grave plots, printed material and publications. The collection also contains records of related Swiss charity organisations.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
French, German and English. Until 1933, all records were kept in French, after that they are mostly in English unless otherwise stated.

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged as follows:
LMA/4669/A: Administration
LMA/4669/B: Grants
LMA/4669/D: Finance
LMA/4669/E: Property
LMA/4669/F: Related organisations
LMA/4669/G: Printed material and publications

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the Data Protection Act, 2018.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 2014.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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:
Added August 2018.

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