Papers of the Eighty Club, 1881-1979

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Minute books and papers 1881-1979
B   Membership records 1883-1958
C   Financial records 1889-1971
D   Miscellaneous correspondence and papers 1904-79, n.d.
E   Printed papers, newspaper cuttings and photographs 1887-1956
F   Union of University Liberal Societies Papers 1920-1940


Papers of the Eighty Club, 1881-1979

1881-1979

Abstract:
The papers of the Eighty club, a permanent speakers' club formally established in February 1881 and disbanded in 1978.

Extent: 5.2 Linear metres, 52 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. b. 2000; c. 2000-10; d. 2000-27; e. 2000-10; MS Photogr. a. 2

Organisational History

In the General Election of 1880 the Grey Committee played a prominent role in securing the return of the Liberal Party to power. To build on this success the committee was made into a permanent speakers' club and renamed The 80 Club.

Formally established in February 1881, the activities of the Club were mainly educational and organizational. It provided a forum for debate, establishing close ties with university Liberal Clubs, and despatched speakers and lecturers to university associations, especially during election campaigns.

Propaganda was another sphere of activity. The appearance of the first Circular in 1886 led to the creation of the Publications Committee and its successor, the Liberal Publications Department.

The Club also arranged social functions and visits abroad including an expedition to Hungary in September 1906( see MS. Photogr a. 2).

In its heyday the Club was an important political body, despite lacking premises of its own. But during the 1960s the administration of the Liberal Party was reorganised, with more and more of the work being conducted from the Party's headquarters. The Club continued to hold regular meetings but attempts during 1965-6 to re-establish it as a focal point for radical views were unsuccessful and it fell into decline.

The 80 Club was disbanded in 1978 and its assets were transferred to the Association of Liberal Lawyers. To commemorate the Club the Association organises an annual lecture by a public figure, the first of which was given by Jo Grimond, a former leader of the Liberal Party.

Scope and Content

The papers of The Eighty Club consist of:

Acquisition

The collection was given to the Library in 1989 by the Association of Liberal Lawyers and catalogued by Sarah Cox Byrne.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Eng. e. 2000]

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Eighty club | London | 1881-1979
Liberal Party.
Union of University Liberal Societies.

Subject(s)

19th century
20th century
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 19th century
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century

A   Minute books and papers 1881-1979

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS Eng. c. 2000-1; d. 2000-6; e. 2000-1


Mr. Grey's committee
Date: 1881
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2000
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 57 leaves

Scope and Content

With (fols. 56-54 rev.) lists of subscriptions, 1881. (fols 5-54) are blank.

Minutes of various committees, including the entertainment and education sub-committees
Date: 1899-1906
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2001
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 193 leaves

Scope and Content

Includes (fols. 193-137 rev.) list of members. (fols. 57-99, 109-34) are blank.

Attendance register, General Committee
Date: 1927-46
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2000
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 70 leaves

Minutes of the General Purposes sub-committee
Date: 1928-33
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2001
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 240 pages

Scope and Content

With minutes of sub-committees on (pp. 232-5) peace and (pp. 236-9) constituencies.

Minutes of the General Committee, also known as the Committee and the Steering Committee
Date: 1933-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2002
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 234 leaves

Minutes of the General Committee, also known as the Committee and the Steering Committee
Date: 1937-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2003
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 252 leaves

Minutes of the General Committee, also known as the Committee and the Steering Committee
Date: 1950-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2004
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 208 leaves

Minutes of the General Committee, also known as the Committee and the Steering Committee
Date: 1954-79
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2005
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 198 leaves

Notice book including notices of general committee meetings
Date: 1934-58
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2000
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 363 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 306-63) are blank.

Minutes of various comittees, including the entertainment and constituencies sub-committees
Date: 1936-45
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2006
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 212 pages

Scope and Content

(fols. 34-212) are blank.

Loose leaves, removed from the above volumes
Date: 1933-79
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2001
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 74 leaves

B   Membership records 1883-1958

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 2002-3; d. 2007-16; e. 2002-3


Candidates book
Date: 1883-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2007
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 183 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 19-183) are blank.

List of candidates book
Date: 1894-1903, 1920-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2008
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 129 leaves

Scope and Content

Inaccurately labelled on cover. (fols. 111-29) are blank.

Notes on constituencies in England
Date: c. 1881-c. 1979
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2002
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 94 leaves

Scope and Content

With (fols. 94-93 rev.) Chambers sub-committee minutes, Oct. 3, 1895.

Lists of constituencies with names and addresses
Date: c.1881-c.1979
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2003
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 69 leaves

Subscription register
Date: 1907-11
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2009
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 63 leaves

Subscription register
Date: 1912-16
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2010
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 62 leaves

Subscription register
Date: 1917-21
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2011
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 63 leaves

Subscription register
Date: 1922-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2012
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 62 leaves

Subscription register
Date: 1927-31
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2013
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 63 leaves

Subscription register
Date: 1932-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2014
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 64 leaves

Subscription register
Date: 1937-43
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2015
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 64 leaves

Subscriptions receipt book
Date: 1939-49
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2016
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 250 leaves

Candidates and subscriptions lists
Date: 1934-1978
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2002
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 34 leaves

Scope and Content

Date range includes: 1934-7, 1954-8, 1965, 1975, 1978.

Nomination forms and supporting letters
Date: 1946-58
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2003
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 197 leaves

Scope and Content

Date range includes: 1946-55, 1958.

C   Financial records 1889-1971

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 2004-8; d. 2017-23; e. 2004-9


Account book
Date: 1889-92
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2017
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 96 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 66-96) are blank.

Account book
Date: 1893-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2018
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 120 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 56-66 and 86-120) are blank.

Account book
Date: 1897-1901
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2019
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 105 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 83-105) are blank.

Account book
Date: 1902-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2020
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 119 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 94-119) are blank.

Ledger book
Date: 1905-17
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2021
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 137 leaves

Miscellaneous reciepts
Date: 1922-67
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2022
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 89 leaves

Scope and Content

Date range includes: 1922, 1925, 1940-50, 1964, 1967.

Liberal Million Fighting Fund subscription book
Date: 1925
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2004
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 86 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 8-86) are blank.

Balance sheets and expenditure reports
Date: 1927-47
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2004
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 85 leaves

Scope and Content

Date range included: 1927-30, 1932-42, 1946-7.

Cash account book with loose papers
Date: 1930-55
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2005/1-2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 266 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Club dinners receipt book
Date: 1930-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2005
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 247 leaves

Petty cash book
Date: 1931-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2006
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 90 leaves

Westminster Bank Ltd. deposit account books
Date: 1931-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2006
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 80 leaves

Westminster Bank Ltd. deposit account books
Date: 1965-71
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2007
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 14 pages

Book of cheque stubs
Date: 1934-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2008
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 100 leaves

Westminster Bank Ltd. deposit record books
Date: 1935
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2009/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 100 leaves

Westminster Bank Ltd. deposit record books
Date: 1938-40
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2009/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 100 leaves

Rents receipt book
Date: 1935-40
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2023
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 101 leaves

Bank records
Date: 1940-65
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2007
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 47 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises:

War stocks and bonds receipts
Date: 1936-7, 1939, 1958
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2008
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 5 leaves

D   Miscellaneous correspondence and papers 1904-79, n.d.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 2009; d. 2024


Correspondence and papers
Date: 1904-79
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2009
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 319 leaves

Scope and Content

With (fols. 291-319) list of subscribers to the wedding gift presented to their secretary, R. C. Hawkin, Feb. 22, 1908.

Lecture book, volume 1
Date: n. d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2024
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 248 pages

E   Printed papers, newspaper cuttings and photographs 1887-1956

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS Eng. b. 2000; c. 2010; e. 2010; MS Photogr. a. 2


Issues of The Eighty Club Circular
Date: 1887-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2010
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Year books
Date: 1897-1955
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 2010/1-9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Contains 9 volumes. Date range includes: 1897-8, 1939, 1946-8, 1953-6, 1880-1955

Printed ephemera and miscellaneous items
Date: 1900-1945
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. b. 2000
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 89 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises:

Album of 'Visit of the Eighty Club in Hungary in Sept. 1906'
Date: 1906-1931
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. a. 2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Includes three loose photographs, 1929-1931.

Original Eighty Club leather satchel
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: JL 718
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

F   Union of University Liberal Societies Papers 1920-1940

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. d. 2025-7


Committee minute books
Date: 1920-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2025
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 59 leaves

Scope and Content

With loose leaves.

Committee minute books
Date: 1929-40
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2026
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 91 leaves

Scope and Content

With loose leaves.

Affiliation receipt book
Date: 1929-38
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 2027
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 83 leaves


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