Reference numberAV
TitleAudio-Visual Archive
Date1931 -
DescriptionAudio-visual recordings by or about Fellows of the Royal Society. The bulk of the collection consists of audio material, in particular cassette recordings of the Society's named lectures, which have been preserved in this manner since 1974. The remainder of the series has been acquired as supplementary material to the Personal Records (q.v.), although there are a few items which predate those autobiographies.
Physical descriptionSeveral items are dictabelts for which the Society has no suitable playback facilities
Many of the video items have become unstable and cannot be played. Where possible, there are digital copies.
ArrangementAV/1 Tape Recordings
AV/2 Videotapes
AV/3 Films
AV/4 Records
AV/5 Compact discs
AV/6 Webcasts
AV/7 Digital Video Cassettes
AV/8 DVD (Digital Versatile Discs)
NotesSome of the AV collections are stored offsite. Please check CALM records for reference numbers of AV material which is not at Carlton House Terrace.
Access statusOpen
Access conditionsOPEN - but some items restricted.
Related materialThere is a handlist to the collection, updated as new lectures are recorded, and a small card catalogue appended to the General Card Catalogue which acts as an index to contributing Fellows and other scientists. Information given in each includes: subject or title of the work recorded/ author, contributor or speakers/ date/ venue (if appropriate)/ medium/ extent/ playback speed (if appropriate)/ location within the series.
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