Records of the Moot

Scope and Content

Mainly consists of Sir Fred Clarke's set of the circulated discussion papers, 1939-1942; also an incomplete run of the Christian News-Letter, 1939-1949.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Moot was a private discussion group convened in 1939 by J.H. Oldham (1874-1969) in order to consider post-war 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.

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Conditions Governing Use

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 Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Custodial History

Given to the Institute Library by Louis Arnaud Reid when he retired. Originally came into the possession of the Institute via Fred Clarke.

Related Material

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