Although the Secretary was involved in all aspects of the work of Central Office, very few records relating specifically to the Secretary appear to have survived. The few correspondence files listed below were deposited on 7 November 1983 (Acc 1898) with the files of the Enquiry Department.
The Secretary was the principal officer of the Charity Organisation Society. The first secretary was Charles B. P. Bosanquet 1870-1875. In 1875 he was succeeded by C. S. Loch, who dominated the C.O.S. until the breakdown of his health in 1913 followed by his retirement in 1914. Subsequent secretaries were the Revd. J. C. Pringle 1914-1919, H. L. Woollcombe 1919-1923, M.W. Fox-Strangways 1923-1925 (acting secretary), Revd. J.C. Pringle 1925-1936 and B. E. Astbury 1936-1956. In 1960 the post of Secretary was replaced by that of Director.
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