Papers of the Association of District Councils

Scope and Content

Minutes of Council and Committees, 1977-1987, copies of the journal, District Council Review , 1974-1987.

Administrative / Biographical History

Administrative/Biographical History

Following local government reorganisation in April 1974, the Association of District Councils (ADC) was set up - in place of the Rural District Councils Association and the Urban District Councils Association - as the representative body of all non-metropolitan district councils in England and district councils in Wales. Although there had been discussions about the possibility of a single association to represent all local authorities in the run up to local government reorganisation in 1974, these proposals failed at that time. However, in March 1997 the ADC was wound up when it merged with a number of other local authority associations to form the Local Government Association (LGA). This body was set up in April 1997 to represent all local authorities in England and Wales.

Reference: Deposit information.


The collection is arranged chronologically within each series.

Access Information

Access Conditions

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were deposited by Local Government Association, November 1998.

Other Finding Aids

See full catalogue for more information.

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 Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department also holds the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (GB 152 AMA) and its predecessor the Association of Municipal Corporations (GB 150 AMC), which includes records of the Non-County Boroughs Association (GB 150 AMC), together with papers of other local authority associations including the Association of County Councils (GB 150 ACC); Association of County Councils (GB 150 ACC); County Councils Association (GB 150 CCA); Urban District Councils Association (GB 150 UDCA); Rural District Councils Association (GB 0150 RDCA).