Journal, 1895-1974 (issued 11 times a year until 1957, thereafter monthly) under the title Official Circular, 1895-1948, Rural District Review, 1949-1971 and, in anticipation of local government reorganisation promised in the Local Government Bill of 1972, District Councils Review; annual meeting and conference papers, 1961-1972 (prior to 1961 these can be found in the official journal).
The journal includes reports of Annual General Meetings and Annual Conferences up to 1960 and these include annual reports and balance sheets, lists of delegates and details of elections and the various papers read. Minutes of the Executive Council were soon introduced into the journal and became increasingly detailed as some correspondence began to be reproduced or summarised and minutes and reports of one or two committees began to be included. In 1945, with the revision of the constitution, the increase in detail is even more noticeable as the number of standing committees was increased. Reports of conferences, outside committees, deputations, legislation and various memoranda are often included within the minutes or appear as appendices to them. Other features have included topical articles and notes, correspondence (for many years presented in the form of Queries and Replies) and notes and news on current issues relating to the powers, duties and liabilities of rural district councils; questions in parliament; details of the passage of bills and notes on law cases affecting rural districts; and book reviews and details of current literature. In more recent years, the journal included reports and minutes from county branches of the Association, reports on the work of various rural districts and reports from the County Councils Association. Issues of the journal are missing for the following years: 1900, 1912, 1916-1920, 1945-1946, 1955-1956.