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Accountancy Ancestors: The Institute of Book-Keepers' Journal

Information on the obituaries, illustrations and portraits from The Institute of Book-Keepers' Journal that are indexed in the Accountancy Ancestors database.

The Institute of Book-Keepers was established in 1916 and the official journal appeared four years later with a mixture of news, articles and lecture notes. The December 1944 issue of the journal carried the article 'A brief history of the Institute of Book-Keepers' (p61-64) which provides more detail on their early activities.


Since 1967 the Institute has gone through a series of name changes (Institute of Book-keepers and Related Data Processing, Institute of Administrative Accounting and Data Processing, Institute of Administrative Accountants) and from 1988 has been known as the Institute of Financial Accountants.

History of the journal

The Institute of Book-Keepers' Journal was first published in March 1920 as the official journal of the Institute of Book-Keepers - and then published on a quarterly basis with issues in March, June, September and December.

The object of the journal was described in the first issue as 'to chronicle the activities of the Institute of Book-Keepers and to provide its members and all interested in book-keeping with a readable periodical.'

Library holdings

The ICAEW Library and Information Service holds issues for March 1920 to December 1947.

Accountancy Ancestors



Obituaries and biographical profiles index

43 obituaries are listed in the obituaries index from this journal.

The majority of obituaries indexed are for members of the Institute but the listing also includes other persons of prominence in the wider accountancy profession, the legal profession, government and society.

Portaits index

19 portraits are listed in the portraits index from this journal.

The portraits index includes details of photographs of individual members and named individuals in group photographs.

Illustrations index

39 assorted illustrations are listed in the illustrations index from this journal.

First World War

As this title was first published four years after the war there is only one entry in the First World War Index. However, a Roll of Honour 1914-1918 was published in the September 1920 issue (p84-85).

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Accountancy Ancestors

The Accountancy Ancestors database provides an index to obituaries, portraits and other resources held in the collection of the ICAEW Library & Information Service. To request a copy of an entry from the index, please contact the library.

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