Records of the Society of Clerks of the Peace of the Counties and of Clerks of County Councils

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1918-1973; copy minutes of the Parliamentary and General Purposes Committee, 1936-49; copy minutes of the Law and Executive Committee, later the Law Committee, 1936-65; reports of the Society's Golfing Society, 1947-1959; and copies of the Society's Periodical Circular (issued for private circulation), volumes I-XV, 1897-1931.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society of Clerks of the Peace of the Counties was set up in the nineteenth century to confer on all matters where the status, duties, responsibilities and interests of the Clerks and Deputy Clerks of the Peace were concerned. Following the Local Government (Clerks) Act, 1931, the constitution of the Society was revised and the rules were amended in 1932. The name of the Society was changed to the Society of Clerks of the Peace of Counties and of Clerks of County Councils and Clerks and Deputy Clerks of County Councils became eligible for membership as well as Clerks and Deputy Clerks of the Peace. It changed its name to the Society of County Clerks in 1972. During the consultation period prior to local government reorganisation in 1974, there were some discussions about amalgamation of clerks' societies between representatives of this society and the Society of Town Clerks. However, after local government reorganisation in 1974, the Society of County Clerks ceased to exist and a new society, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE) was created. This was established as the representative body for chief executives and senior managers of all UK local authorities and related organizations.

Reference: Minutes of the Society; (www.SOLACE.org.uk). , Accessed July 2002

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection has been brought together from two different sources: the Local Government Association in 1997 and the Corporate Information Unit, Essex County Council in 1998 and 2000.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds records of the Society of Town Clerks, and the Society of Clerks of Urban Districts.