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The Moot

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 MOO
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: The Moot
Date(s): 1939-1949
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): The Moot | private discussion group
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Moot was a private discussion group convened in 1939 by Joseph Houldsworth Oldham (1874-1969) in order to consider postwar social reconstruction within a Christian framework. It was composed of eminent philosophers and intellectuals such as T.S. Eliot, Karl Mannheim, R.H. Tawney and Sir Fred Clarke. Membership overlapped with the Council of the Churches on the Christian Faith and the Common Life. Individual members circulated papers for comment by correspondence and for discussion in meetings held three or four times a year..


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of The Moot, mainly consisting of Sir Fred Clarke's set of the circulated discussion papers, 1939-1942; also an incomplete run of the Christian News-Letter, 1939-1949.

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A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Given to the Institute of Education Library by Louis Arnaud Reid when he retired. Originally came into the possession of the Institute of Education via Sir Fred Clarke, who was a member of the group.

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Allied Materials

Related material:

Some personal papers of Sir Fed Clarke are also held (DC/FC).

Some records of The Moot are amongst the papers of Joseph Houldsworth Oldham held in New College Library, University of Edinburgh.

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Created 11/24/1999, modified 12/5/2000

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