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Reference A/FWA
Covering dates 1843 - 1965
Held by London Metropolitan Archives
Extent Over 2000 files
Conditions of access All records of the F.W.A. which are less than 60 years old, with the exception of annual reports and other publications, are closed to public consultation unless written permission for access is obtained from the Director of the Family Welfare Association.

Folder icon  PROVINCIAL SECRETARY  A/FWA/C/F  [n.d.]

These documents are held at London Metropolitan Archives

Archival history:
Few of the Provincial Secretary's files have survived. Those that have were deposited in the Greater London Record Office with the files of the Enquiry Department in November 1963 (Acc 1898).

Related information: For minutes of the Provincial Sub-Committee, later the Associated Societies Committee 1911-1913 see A/FWA/C/A/3/001/01. For annual reports 1892-1939 see A/FWA/C/A/63/001/01. For annual reports 1892-1939 see A/FWA/C/B/01/005-012.

Administrative history:
By 1896 there were at least 70 Charity Organisation Societies in existence. The London C.O.S. had invented the name and set the example but the provincial societies had an extreme variety in aims, principles and methods of work. In 1892 the London C.O.S. established a Provincial Sub-Committee to correspond with associated societies in the provinces, to collect copies of their annual reports and other information concerning them and to give advice. Visits to local societies by London members were arranged and members of provincial societies visited London to gain experience of the London C.O.S. The first travelling secretary was appointed in 1907. The travelling secretaries visited and strengthened provincial charity organisation societies, in certain circumstances taking charge of an office for a time, for instance to assist in starting a new society or to initiate reforms in an older society or to carry on the work in an emergency.

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