fonds TRS - Records of The Rowntree Society

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Records of The Rowntree Society


  • c 1916-1930 (Creation)

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0.1 cubic metres

1 box

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Administrative history

The Rowntree Society was founded in York in 2001 to ‘further knowledge about the lives and legacy’ of the Rowntree family. It became a registered charity in 2004.

The society maintains a website giving detailed histories of Rowntree family members, businesses and other related organisations. It also advises on new Rowntree projects and organises events to promote the ‘Rowntree story’ in York, for which it has produced a range of accompanying educational materials.

The society is composed of a board of nine trustees. It receives funding from the Joseph Rowntree Trusts and from grant making trusts and private individuals.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2015.

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Scope and content

Rowntree & Co long-service certificate presented to Charlotte Wright to mark 18 years of service, signed by Oscar Rowntree, February 1930; letter from Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree to Arthur Henderson, Labour cabinet minister, as President of the Board of Education, concerning the national minimum wage, c.1916, with bibliographical notes, [21st century].


Further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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The archive has not yet been catalogued.

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Related units of description

The Borthwick Institute also holds the records of Rowntree & Co, Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree and Oscar Rowntree (as part of the Rowntree Family Papers).

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 08.05.17.




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