Papers of the National Club

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Papers of the National Club, 1845-1960

The papers consist of minute books, annual reports and printed pamphlets.

Shelfmarks: Dep. b. 235-40, c. 682-4, d. 754-7

Extent: 13 shelfmarks

Biographical History

The National Club was established on 17 June 1845 'in support of the Protestant principles of the constitution and for raising the moral and social condition of the people'. It campaigned against any alterations in the establishment of church and state and in the organisation of education which would, in its view, strengthen the position of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Ireland.

Scope and Content

The papers consist of minute books, annual reports and printed pamphlets. Most of the pamphlets were published between 1845 and 1848 and reflect the members' agitation against such measures as the Maynooth College Bill of 1845, the Roman Catholic Relief Bills of 1846-8 and the Jewish Disabilities Bill of 1848. They include 'Addresses to Protestants of the Empire', speeches, petitions and reports of divisions in the House of Commons, some issued by the Club's committee and others by individual members of the Club. There are also circulars relating to the organisation of the Club.


The papers were deposited in the Bodleian in 1983.

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Subjects (LCSH)

Protestants - Great Britain - 19th century
Protestants - Great Britain - 20th century

Corporate names (NCA RULES)

National Club, London

Descriptive List

Minute-book of the General Committee, 1847-54
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 235
Extent: xli + 335 pages

Minute-book of the General Committee, 1861-70
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 236
Extent: ii + 364 pages

Minute-book of the General Committee, 1895-1905
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 237
Extent: 231 leaves

Minute-book of the General Committee, 1906-17
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 238
Extent: 228 leaves

Minute-book of the General Committee, 1929-46
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 239
Extent: ii + 306 pages

Minute-book of the Finance Committee, 1909-50
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 682
Extent: ii + 340 pages

Minute-book of the House and Finance Committee, 1926-48
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 240
Extent: ii + 302 pages

An incomplete series of printed annual reports, 1846-1960
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 683
Extent: 125 items

Scope and Content:

There are no reports for the years 1908-10, 1913, 1922, 1924, 1928, 1940, 1947 and 1950

Three bound volumes of printed pamphlets 1845-9
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 754-6
Extent: 409, 455, 370 leaves

Scope and Content:

Consisting of addresses, reports and circulars many of which are repeated in each volume

Unbound pamphlets
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 757
Extent: 62 items

Scope and Content:


  • (items 1-8) addresses, reports and circulars, 1853-69
  • (items 9-62) duplicate copies of pamphlets in Dep. d. 754-7

Loose items removed from minute-books
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 684
Extent: 106 leaves

Scope and Content:

(Dep. b. 239-40, Dep. c. 682) with (fols. 79-106) petitions, 'Addresses to Protestants of the Empire' and club circulars including (fols. 104-5) a typescript copy of the 1959 Annual General Meeting.

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12 June 2012