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This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) GB 418 ChetSoc
Dates of Creation 1844-1999
Name of Creator The Chetham Society
Language of Material English
Physical Description 8 boxes

Scope and Content

The deposited papers represent the entire official records of the Society, with the exception of the minute book in use and other related papers which remain in the hands of the Society's Honorary Secretary.

The collection comprises of newspaper reports and cuttings concerning the Chetham Society, minute books, accounts and financial papers, information concerning members, and correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Chetham Society is the oldest history society in North West England and was one of the first in Britain. It was founded in Manchester in 1843 by a group of gentlemen, of 'a literary and historical turn', who wanted to promote interest in, and access to, the rich historical source material of the region. The formal object of the Society was therefore to publish 'Remains Historical and Literary connected with the Palatine Counties of Lancashire and Chester', although since the 1870s the literary element has been dropped and the work of the Society has concentrated entirely upon the publication of history.

The Society held its first meeting in Chetham's Library, established in 1653 by the will of Humphrey Chetham, and it continues to meet there today. The founders chose to adopt Chetham's name for the new Society because he was a patron and benefactor of learning in the region.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection. Viewing is by prior appointment. Please contact archivist@chethams.org.uk.

Acquisition Information

F.6.10 (1-4) were deposited by Dr Alan Crosby on behalf of the Chetham Society in Jun 1993. F.6.11-F.6.15 were deposited by John Holden, Hon. Treasurer of the Society, in Mar 1994. Dr Crosby deposited F.6.16 (a & b) in Nov 2005.

Related Material

Administrative material relating to the Society compiled by members and officers can also be found in the Crossley papers (E.3.3-6), the Corser papers (E.3.2), the Raines collection (E.4.5-E.5.7), William Fleming MS (A.1.19), and in the collections of J.E. Bailey, G.H. Tupling and J. Harland.

Other relevant material may be found in the Crossley and Harland papers held by the archives department of Manchester Central Reference Library.

Bibliography

  • Alan G. Crosby, 'A Society with No Equal': The Chetham Society, 1843-1993, Chetham Society, 3rd series vol. 37 (1993).
  • James Tait, 'The Chetham Society: a retrospect', Chetham Miscellanies vol. 7, Chetham Society, new series vol. 100 (1939).

Subjects

Local history societies
Local history
History

Corporate Names

Chetham Society -- Manchester England ( 1843 - ongoing)

Geographical Names

Lancashire -- England
Cheshire -- England
Manchester -- England

Cataloguing Info

Title The Chetham Society Archive
Author Chetham's Library
Publication 2/8/2012
Creation Finding aid created by export from CALM v9.1.86 Archives Hub EAD2002
Revisions

Newspaper Reports and Cuttings

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) GB 418 ChetSoc/1
Dates of Creation 1844-1919

Newspaper reports of annual meetings of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/1/1
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.10 (1)
Dates of Creation 1844-1866

Scope and Content

Note by C.W. Sutton: "This collection of reports of the Chetham Society's meetings was begun by Dr George Ormerod. And after his death it was continued by the Rev. W.E. Buckley, at whose sale it was bought by Taylor and Son, booksellers, Northampton, from whom I got it in February 1895. I have filled up a few gaps and made additions."

113 ff.


Newspaper reports of annual meetings of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/1/2
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.10 (2)
Dates of Creation 1867-1884

Scope and Content

Continuation of F.6.10 (1) (ChetSoc/1/1).


Newspaper reports and minutes of annual meetings of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/1/3
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.10 (3)
Dates of Creation 1853-1856

Scope and Content

Minutes in the hand of John Harland date from 1 Mar 1853-1 Mar 1856. Also accounts, 1879-1882.


Newspaper reports and cuttings concerning the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/1/4
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.11 (1 a-c)
Dates of Creation 1846-1919

Scope and Content

(a) Reports of Annual General Meetings, 1846-1897 (with gaps).

(b) Reviews of Chetham Society publications, c 1890-1919.

(c) Loose cuttings etc reviewing publications etc.


Minutes of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) GB 418 ChetSoc/2
Dates of Creation 1882-1999

Minute Book of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/2/1
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.11 (2)
Dates of Creation 30 Mar 1882-6 Oct 1903

Scope and Content

Includes miscellaneous correspondence, accounts, reports etc.


Minute Book of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/2/2
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.10 (4)
Dates of Creation 13 Oct 1904-26 Apr 1961

Minute Book of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/2/3
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.10 (5)
Dates of Creation May 1962-Feb 1994

Minutes of the Chetham Society and reports to Council

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/2/4
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.16 (a & b)
Dates of Creation 1994-1999

Scope and Content

2 spiral-bound typescript files:

(a) 1994-1996.

(b) 1996-1999.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Alan Crosby, Nov 2005.


Minutes of the Chetham Society and reports to Council

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/2/5
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.16 (c)
Dates of Creation May 2000-May 2008

Scope and Content

1 spiral-bound typescript file.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Alan Crosby, Nov 2008.


Accounts and Financial Papers

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) GB 418 ChetSoc/3
Dates of Creation 1929-1989

Chetham Society bank book

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/3/1
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.12 (2)
Dates of Creation Jan 1929-Sep 1932

Chetham Society accounts book

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/3/2
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.12 (3)
Dates of Creation 1935-1940

Chetham Society invoice books

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/3/3
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.12 (4 a-g)
Dates of Creation 1982-1989

Scope and Content

(a) UK and Overseas, Oct 1982-Dec 1984.

(b) UK and Ireland, 1985-86.

(c) UK and Ireland, 1986-87; 1987-88.

(d) UK and Ireland, 1987-88 (continued); 1988-89.

(e) UK and Ireland, 1988-89 (continued); 1989-90.

(f) UK and Ireland, 1989-90 (continued).

(g) Overseas, 1985-86 to 1988-89.


Chetham Society paying-in book and cheque book stubs

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/3/4
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.13 (1)
Dates of Creation 1977-1989

Folders of payments to the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/3/5
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.14 (1 a & b)
Dates of Creation 1977-1989

Scope and Content

(a) 1977-78.

(b) 1978-89.


Folders of miscellaneous Treasurer's papers

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/3/6
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.14 (2 a-e)
Dates of Creation 1977-1989

Scope and Content

Containing bank statements, notes re. outstanding subscriptions, notices of meeting etc.

(a) 1977-78.

(b) 1978-79.

(c) 1979-80.

(d) 1980-81.

(e) 1981-89.


Material concerning members of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) GB 418 ChetSoc/4
Dates of Creation 1888-1984

Subscribers to Chetham Society New Series volumes 21-74

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/4/1
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.11 (3)
Dates of Creation 1888-1915

List of members of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/4/2
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.12 (1)
Dates of Creation c 1888-1890

Card index of members of the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) GB 418 ChetSoc/4/3
Dates of Creation c 1977-1984

Scope and Content

4 bundles with subscription details of individuals and institutional members.


Correspondence concerning the Chetham Society

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) GB 418 ChetSoc/5
Dates of Creation 1972-1990

Folders of miscellaneous correspondence with booksellers etc

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 ChetSoc/5/1
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 F.6.13 (2)
Dates of Creation 1974-1989

Scope and Content

(a) Bailey Subscriptions Agent Ltd., 1982-86, and EBSCO, 1986-87.

(b) Blackwells, 1977-88.

(c) Dawson/Dawson & Sons Ltd., 1977-87.

(d) Dawson, 1988-89.

(e) F.W. Faxon Co. Ltd., 1974-87.

(f) John Menzies Library Services, 1977-88.

(g) Henry Southern Ltd./W.H. Everett & Son Ltd., 1977-88.