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Collection RC5/5 - Lewis Public Assistance Joint Committee, Lewis, Scotland

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Reference code

GB3002 RC5/5


Lewis Public Assistance Joint Committee, Lewis, Scotland


  • 1930-1975 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

17 volumes

Context area

Name of creator

Lewis Public Assistance Joint Committee (1930-1948)

Administrative history

Set up under the Local Government Act 1929, Lewis District Committee took over the poor law functions of the former parishes of Lewis: Barvas, Lochs, Stornoway and Uig. The Public Assistance Committee was itself abolished by the National insurance Act 1948 although the joint committee appears to have continued.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Internal transfer from Museum nan Eilean (Accn 2011-13)

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Applications for relief 1930-1948; transitional payments 1937-1975

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged into series. Within series, items are arranged chronologically.

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Conditions governing access

Open. Some records containing personal data are closed for 75 years from the last date in the volume for records relating to adults and 100 years for records relating to children.

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Paper volumes

Finding aids

Digital and paper item level list available in searchroom of Tasglann nan Eilean Siar

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

The first minutes of the Public Assistance Joint Committee are entered into the final minute book of Stornoway Parish Council for 1930-1943, catalogued as part of the Stornoway Parish Council collection

GB3002 RC5/3 Records of Stornoway Parish Council 1845-1943 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

GB3002 RC5/1 Records of Barvas Parish Council 1884-1930 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

GB3002 RC5/2 Records of Lochs Parish Council 1890-1930 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

GB3002 RC5/4 Records of Uig Parish Council 1885-1930 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

GB3002 RC5/6 Records of Lewis Combination Poorhouse/Coulregrein House 1893-1970 (held by Tasglann nan Eilean Siar)

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