Extent and form : 3 minute books and 19 documents
Reproduction: photocopying not permitted, due to the large number of attachments. Photography of the minutes permitted. Photography of the attachments at the IALS Archivist’s discretion.
Administrative history: the Bar Library Committee was a joint committee of the four Inns of Court formed to run the library set up for the use of the Bar in the Royal Courts of Justice building.
Scope and content: the minute books contain a large number of attachments, including the library’s annual accounts, the notifications of the annual precept on the four Inns of Court, agenda papers, letters received and lists of books acquired.
Related material: Middle Temple Archives holds the Bar Library’s report and financial statements, 1906 – 1939.
Finding aids: each volume contains an integral index.
Important notes for users: care must be taken when unfolding the documents attached to these volumes, to prevent damage to either the volume or the attached documents.
|Reference||Title||Dates||Extent||Scope and contents|
|BCO/37/01a||Minute book no.1||
21 December 1882 – 29 May 1900
|1 volume||Prior to minutes of the first meeting there is a recital of the initial stages in the formation of the Committee from 2 Nov to 19 Dec 1882. Indexed.|
|BCO/37/01b||Letter from the Lincoln’s Inn Librarian||10 June 1884||1 letter||Found inserted at pp51-52 of minute book 1.|
|BCO/37/01c||Photographic copy of Sir John Soane’s plan of the Law Courts, as substantially carried out c.1825||N.D.||1 plan||Found inserted at pp63-64 of minute book 1.|
|BCO/37/01d||Letter from the Honorary Secretary of the Law Library of the Four Courts, Dublin||22 March 1899||1 letter||Found inserted at pp347-348 of minute book 1.|
|BCO/37/02||Minute book no.2||29 November 1900 – 17 December 1954||1 volume||Indexexd|
|BCO/37/03a||Minute book no.3||19 December 1955 – 2 July 1974||1 volume||Typescript from 15 January 1962.|
|BCO/37/03b||Notes on the administration of the libraries at the Royal Courts of Justice, annotated with the details of the Librarian and Assistant Librarian’s appointments.||
After 1917.Annotations after 1970.
Found inserted at p85 of minute book 3.Typescript
|BCO/37/03c||Manuscript drafts by the Librarian of the notes about the libraries contained in /03b, together with three copy letters written by the Librarian||1921||5 documents||Found inserted at p85 of minute book 3.|
|BCO/37/03d||Bar Library book plate||N.D.||1 book plate||Found inserted at p85 of minute book 3.|
|BCO/37/03e||Notes on the history of the Bar Library’s financial arrangements with a schedule of the four Inns of Courts payments 1884 - 1935||1935||1 document||Found inserted at p85 of minute book 3.|
|BCO/37/03f||List of photographic portraits||15 October 198?||1 document||
Found inserted at p85 of minute book 3.The last number of the year ran off the edge of the paper
|BCO/37/03g||Bar Library Committee lists||1968 – 1973||6 documents||Found inserted at p85 of minute book 3.|
|BCO/37/03h||List of books received 1 July 1969 – 30 June 1970 pages 1 and 2.||1970||1 list||Found inserted at p134 of minute book 3. Page 3 of the list is attached to the minute book.|