Extent and form : 6 minute books [2 wanting]

Reproduction: photocopying not permitted, due to the large number of attachments. Photography of the minutes permitted, except for BCO/08/07 which does not open fully following rebinding. Photography of the attachments at the IALS Archivist’s discretion.

Administrative history: the Executive Committee was one of the standing committees established under the Bar Council Regulations of 1896.

For a long period the Executive Committee met less frequently than the Bar Council, but from the 1940s it met more frequently.

Scope and content: in addition to the signed Executive Committee minutes, these minute books contain minutes of joint committees and sub-committees, particularly during the 1946-1947 period when the Bar Council was reorganising itself and in 1950 when joint meetings were held with the Legal Aid Committee.

The minute books contain attachments, including agenda papers in 1927, from 1934-1945 and from 1947-1950; reports; and letters and documents sent to the Bar Council which were being considered. There are fewer attachments after 1945, when they mainly comprise agenda papers.

It appears the minutes of the Executive Committee after June 1952 are no longer extant, as later minutes were not transferred to IALS. The minutes of 9 June 1952, which were signed, noted the next meeting was to be held on 30 June 1952, indicating the Executive Committee continued. From October 1950 the minutes are typescript and pasted into the minute books, so it is a reasonable assumption filing practice changed to a different method in the summer of 1952, such as filing in folders, and this may account for the lack of continuity in the survival of the minutes.

Finding aids: each volume contains an integral index. There is a system of cross referencing in the margins to the minutes of other meetings, to the minute books of other committees and to the letter books.

Important notes for users: great care must be taken when unfolding the documents attached to these volumes, to prevent damage to either the volume or the attached documents.

Item list:

Reference Title Dates Extent Scope and contents
BCO/08/01 Minute book vol.1 1896 –   [wanting]
BCO/08/02 Minute book vol.2 – 1901   [wanting]
BCO/08/03 Minute book vol.3 20 January 1902 – 29 May 1908 1 volume

A document opposite p68 has been inserted into slots cut into the page.

A letter opposite p110 has had the bottom half of the fourth page torn off, containing text and Winston Churchill’s signature.
BCO/08/04 Minute book vol.4 1 July 1908 – 12 January 1914 1 volume  
BCO/08/05 Minute book vol.5 23 February 1914 – 29 June 1922 1 volume  
BCO/08/06 Minute book vol.6 27 October 1922 – 5 December 1934 1 volume Correspondence and minutes of the Rules Sub-Committee re: postal voting.
BCO/08/07 Minute book vol.7 14 January 1935 – 28 November 1949 1 volume Some attachments are incomplete, where pages have torn away, for example opposite p191.
BCO/08/08 Minute book vol.8 5 December 1949 – 9 June 1952 1 volume Typescript from 16 October 1950.
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