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LONDON FEDERATION OF BOYS' CLUBS

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4283
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Full title: LONDON FEDERATION OF BOYS' CLUBS
Date(s): 1888-2000
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4.87 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Federation of London Working Boys' Clubs
London Federation of Boys' Clubs
London Federation of Clubs for Young People

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The Federation of London Working Boys' Clubs was founded in 1887 by a number of boys' clubs, to provide an organisation which could formulate a unified policy and philosophy and provide backup services for the Boys' Clubs movement. Many of the clubs involved had been started by universities, public schools and public-spirited individuals to help underprivileged and exploited boys in London, particularly the East End. The clubs provided recreational activities and also acted as education and welfare institutions: the clubs were often the only recourse boys had to medical attention, clothing and food.

The federation was renamed in the early 20th century as the London Federation of Boys' Clubs, and changed its name again in 1994/1995 to the London Federation of Clubs for Young People, to reflect the changing social situation and the increasing inclusion of girls.

The activities provided by the federation for its member clubs include the use of two residential centres, Hindleap Warren in the Ashdown Forest, Surrey, and Woodrow High House in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Clubs can hire these outdoor education centres on a weekly basis.

The federation maintains close links with other, similar charitable bodies, most notably the National Association of Boys' Clubs. Its patron is the Duke of Edinburgh, who has retained close links with the federation for more than 50 years.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Federation of London Working Boys' Clubs, later renamed the London Federation of Boys' Clubs and then the London Federation of Clubs for Young People. Records consist of administrative papers including minutes, annual reports and arrangements for fundraising events; publications of the federation itself and of its member clubs, souvenir brochures and programmes for federation fundraising events and sporting/ club events and some publications by other bodies, including the National Association of Boys' Clubs and the Variety Club of Great Britain; photographs of fundraising events, sporting and club events, and former chairmen and presidents of the federation; audio-visual material consisting of videotapes of a promotional nature and also of fundraising and club events.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

The collection is arranged as follows:
LMA/4283/A/01 - Minutes 1888-1991;
LMA/4283/A/02 - Annual reports 1910-1998;
LMA/4283/A/03 - Fundraising arrangements and correspondence 1960-1997;
LMA/4283/A/04 - Development services 1987-1997;
LMA/4283/B/01 - Federation publications 1898-1998;
LMA/4283/B/02 - Club publications 1960-1996;
LMA/4283/B/03 - Fundraising events 1964-2000;
LMA/4283/B/04 - Club and sporting events 1929-1998;
LMA/4283/B/05 - Publications of other bodies 1949-1996;
LMA/4283/B/06 - Press and publicity 1974-1997;
LMA/4283/C/01 - Photographs of fundraising events 1930s - 1992;
LMA/4283/C/02 - Photographs of club and sporting events 1935-1969;
LMA/4283/C/03 - Photographs of personnel 1940s-1980s;
LMA/4283/D/01 - videotapes of club and sporting activities 1987-1998;
LMA/4283/D/02 - videotapes of fundraising events 1987-1998.

Conditions governing access:

The collection is open and available for consultation.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Reproduction of items from this collection is by written permission of the London Federation of Clubs for Young People.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in January 2001.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June to August 2010.

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