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1948 London Olympic Games

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948
Dates of Creation1936-1957

Administrative / Biographical History

Before 1948, London had been suggested as a venue for the 1940 and 1944 Olympic Games. The British Olympic Association set up an Investigation Committee whose remit was to explore the practicality of such plans, for instance estimating the likely costs based on previous hosting cities’ expenditure and proposing possible venues. Although London was awarded the Olympic Games for 1944, these plans were put on hold due to the intervention of the Second World War. David George Brownlow Cecil, Lord Burghley, Chairman of the BOA, met with the President of the IOC in October 1945 to petition for London to host the Games and in early March 1946 the Games were again allotted to London. That month the BOA established the ‘Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad’, a company of limited liability whose task it was to organise and manage the 1948 Games.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad and its sub-committees

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M
Dates of Creation1936-1952
Name of Creator British Olympic Association; Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad

Administrative / Biographical History

Papers, mostly minutes, agendas and reports relating to the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad and its sub-committees. Note: not all sub-committees’ records survive, however each sub-committee reported to the Executive Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad.


Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/1
Dates of Creation1936-1948
Name of Creator British Olympic Association; Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 5 files

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Minutes of the BOA Investigation Committee and the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad

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Minutes, 9 Jun 1936

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/1/1
Dates of Creation1936-1946
Name of Creator British Olympic Association; Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Volume, containing typescript agendas minutes and reports of the meetings of the British Olympic Association Investigation Committee, 8 June 1936 – 4 February 1946, and of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad, 14 March – 5 December 1946. Notably contains reports and minutes investigating the feasibility of London holding the Olympic Games in 1940 (the request for which was subsequently withdrawn) and in 1944, including estimates of costs and likely venues. Also, drafts of the official agreement with Wembley Stadium Ltd concerning services to be offered and schedule of works undertaken for it to be used as the main Olympic venue.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.
Olympic Games (13th : 1944 : London, England).
Olympic host city selection--1940.
Olympic host city selection--1944.
Olympic host city selection--1948.

Articles of Association

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Articles of Association, front page

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/1/2
Dates of Creation1946
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

Draft, unsigned memorandum and articles of association for the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad listing the circumstances and agreements for the Committee’s incorporation under the Companies Act of 1929.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Minutes of the Executive Committee

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Minutes of the second meeting, 2 Jan 1947

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/1/3
Dates of Creation19 Dec 1946–13 Nov 1952
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Volume, containing typescript agendas, minutes, reports and memoranda relating to the meetings of the Executive Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad. After 1948, the minutes mainly concern publication of the ‘Official Report of the London Olympic Games of 1948’ and continued applications to the Inland Revenue for the company to be exempt from income tax.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Progress report

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Page 1

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/1/4
Dates of CreationJan 1947
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

Typescript report issued by the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad, relating the preparations which have been made for the London Olympic Games of 1948, the venues for each event and problems which have occurred. Also includes lists of the members of the British Olympic Association and the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad and its various sub-committees.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.
Progress reports

Minutes of the Executive Committee

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/1/5
Dates of Creation16 May–14 Oct 1948
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

Loose typescript agendas, minutes and correspondence relating to the meetings of the Executive Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad. Incomplete.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Finance Committee

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/2
Dates of Creation1946-1948
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 file

Administrative / Biographical History

Established at the end of 1946, the remit of the Finance Committee was to examine and control all applications for expenditure by the various committees set up for the organisation of the London Olympic Games of 1948. Its duties were also to approve all staff appointments and their remuneration; report on all financial matters arising out of the agreement with Wembley Stadium Ltd; decide all matters relating to admission charges; decide on the allocation of seating at all events; prepare the system of accounting and financial records; and to prepare a monthly report and statement of account for submission to the Executive Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Minutes of the Finance Committee

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Minutes, 24 Jan 1947

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/2/1
Dates of Creation13 Dec 1946-12 Oct 1948
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Volume, containing typescript agendas, minutes and monthly financial statements relating to the meetings of the Finance Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad. Notably contains throughout the volume detailed lists of all expenditure incurred due to organisation of the London Olympic Games of 1948, including administration, staffing, printing, production of medals, torches and badges, modifications to facilities, translation, catering, signage, transport, flags, photography, sporting equipment, police and cleaning.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Housing Committee

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/3
Dates of Creation1947-1948
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 file

Administrative / Biographical History

Established in May 1947, the Housing Committee was concerned with arrangements for the housing and entertainment of Olympic competitors and officials. Due to the short preparation time in the run up to the London Olympic Games of 1948, the majority of the accommodation was provided by military barracks, universities and schools.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Minutes of the Housing Committee

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Minutes, 16 Jun 1948, page 1

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/3/1
Dates of Creation22 Oct 1947-15 Sep 1948
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

Typescript agendas and minutes of the meetings of the Housing Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad. Also contains minutes of a small number of the meetings of: the Official Caterers to the 1948 Olympic Games; Camp/Centre Commandants; Air Ministry Olympic Games Working Party; Reception Committee for the XIV Olympiad.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

General Purposes Committee

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/4
Dates of Creation1948-1949
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 3 files

Administrative / Biographical History

For the first 21 months of the preparations for the 1948 Olympic Games, the Executive Committee was able to deal with all general business of the organisation. However by the end of 1947 it was apparent that its work would increase substantially in the run up to the Games. Therefore the General Purposes Committee was established on 6 January 1948. Its remit was to consider and make recommendations to the Executive Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad on issues of a commercial nature, such as the licensing of official souvenir merchandise and filming rights. The sub-committee also reported on the provision of sporting and training facilities, insurance and indemnity policies, tax issues and was responsible for the liquidation of the affairs of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad company.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Minutes of the General Purposes Committee

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Memorandum of agreement for the production of the official souvenir programme, 18 Feb 1948

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/4/1
Dates of Creation13 Jan 1948-15 Feb 1949
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Volume, containing typescript agendas, minutes, memoranda and reports relating to the meetings of the General Purposes Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad. Includes copies of the official agreements made with commercial companies to supply services for the London Olympic Games of 1948, notably with Wembley Stadium Ltd and J Arthur Rank of the Olympic Games of 1948 Film Company Ltd.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Minutes of the General Purposes Committee

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Notes of a meeting, 26 Oct 1948

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/4/2
Dates of Creation13 Jan 1948-15 Feb 1949
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

Loose typescript agendas, minutes and reports relating to the meetings of the General Purposes Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad. Incomplete.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Correspondence and memoranda of the General Purposes Committee

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Balance sheet, 31 Dec 1948

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/4/3
Dates of CreationJan–Dec 1948
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

Typescript correspondence and memoranda relating to the meetings of the General Purposes Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad, on subjects including: notifying members of upcoming meetings; notes from other committee meetings; requests for additions or modifications to agendas for forthcoming meetings; the proposed distribution of profits and funds upon the liquidation of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad company. Also, balance sheet listing the expenditure and income made by the company, for the year ending 31 December 1948.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Medical Executive Committee

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Minutes of the first meeting, 10 Oct 1946

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/5
Dates of Creation1946-1948
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad

Administrative / Biographical History

Established in October 1946, the scope of the Medical Executive Committee was to oversee the provision of medical, dental and physiotherapy services to competitors during the London Olympic Games of 1948.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Minutes of the Medical Executive Committee

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/M/5/1
Dates of Creation10 Oct 1946-14 Jul 1948
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Volume, containing agendas, minutes, reports and loose correspondence and notes relating to the meetings of the Medical Executive Committee of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad. Includes details of medical staff and services provided for each sport, venue and competitors’ housing centre.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.

Progress reports for the XIV Olympiad

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/PREP
Dates of Creation1946-1947
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad

Scope and Content

Progress reports given to the IOC by the Organising Committee, giving updates on the preparations being made for the forthcoming London Olympic Games.

Related Material

See also: BOA/1948/BUL

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.
Progress reports

Corporate Names

International Olympic Committee ( 1894-)

IOC progress report for the XIV Olympiad

Reference Number(s)GB 2381 BOA/1948/PREP/1
Dates of CreationSep 1946
Name of Creator Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad
Language of Material English French
Physical Description 1 file

Scope and Content

Progress report from the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad London 1948, submitted before the 39th Session of the International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, September 1946.

Subjects

Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England). Organizing Committee.
Progress reports

Corporate Names

International Olympic Committee ( 1894-)