ROYAL AGRICULTURAL BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Consists of accounting records 1861-1973; double entry accounts 1861-1973; detailed accounts of income 1861-1973; detailed accounts of expenditure 1861-1973; financial statements 1861-1973; administrative records 1861-1973; annual general meeting 1861-1973; council 1861-1973; committees 1861-1973; secretary 1861-1973; centenary appeal 1861-1973; administrative reference compilations 1861-1973; legal records 1861-1973

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), Shaw House, 27 West Way, Oxford was founded in 1860 by Alderman John Joseph Mechi as a farming charity to relieve the poverty and hardship suffered by farming families in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as they were forced out of farming through misfortune, age or sickness. Today the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution helps farmers, farm managers, and their families and retired farm staff and their dependents.

Arrangement

  • SR RAB1/1-53 Accounting Records
  • SR RAB1/1-16 Double Entry Accounts
  • SR RAB1/17-25 Detailed Accounts of Income
  • SR RAB1/26-42 Detailed Accounts of Expenditure
  • SR RAB1/43-53 Financial Statements
  • SR RAB1/54-67 Administrative Records
  • SR RAB1/54 Annual General Meeting
  • SR RAB1/55-60 Council
  • SR RAB1/61-62 Committees
  • SR RAB1/63 Secretary
  • SR RAB1/64 Centenary Appeal
  • SR RAB1/65-67 Administrative Reference Compilations
  • SR RAB1/68-69 Legal Records
  • SR RAB1/70-71 Others

Conditions Governing Access

Available for consultation

Acquisition Information

Deposited in 1974

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact the Archivist

Related Material

Please see DX33, DX83 and DX96, held by the Museum

Bibliography

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, About Us: History, www.rabi.org.uk/history.shtml, accessed 08/07/04

Additional Information

The following records retained in the custody of The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution for which The Institute of Agricultural History holds microfilm copies.

  • MF61 1 Minute Book - Council 1860 (7 Feb) - 1873 (1 Apr)
  • MF61 2 Minute Book - Council 1873 (6 May) - 1884 (17 Jun)
  • MF61 3 Minute Book - Council 1884 (7 Oct) - 1908 (8 Dec)
  • MF62 4 Minute Book - Council 1909 (5 Jan) - 1932 (5 May)
  • MF62 5 Minute Book - Council 1932 (5 Jul) - 1952 (19 Feb)
  • MF62 6 Minute Book - Council 1952 (5 Apr) - 1957 (25 Jun)
  • MF62 7 Minute Book - Council 1957 (25 Jun) - 1964 (28 Feb)
  • MF62 8 Minute Book - Council 1963 (3 Dec) - 1970 (8 Dec)

Geographical Names