|Title||Council Documents: letters and papers submitted to the governing body of the Royal Society|
|Description||Files of letters and papers submitted to the Council of the Royal Society in consideration of particular topics. Surviving files set out the following information: subject of title of the file, contents, date laid before Council, dates of decisions communicated and notes of action taken.|
|Finding aids||Documents catalogued to item level in Archive Card Catalogue|
|Related material||Council meeting agenda and associated papers submitted to Council from 1945 onwards form the series 'Council Agenda and Papers' (CAP, 1945-present). Some earlier documents submitted to council are preserved in the series 'Council Documents' (CD, 1900-1930). There are also printed copies of Council agenda for the years 1950-1975 pasted into bound volumes and annotated. These form the series 'Council Agenda' (CA, 1950-1975). |
The archive also holds Council minutes, which exist in three main forms. The original council minutes (CMO, 1663-present) of which the Council Minutes Copy are transcripts (CMC, 1663-1882). From 1832 the minutes were printed for distribution to Council members, and sets were retained by the Society. These form the series 'Council Minutes Printed' (CMP, 1832-1997)
There are also various series of rough minutes with some fair copies in the Manuscripts General series (MS/629-47, 19 volumes, 1665-1870 and MS/800, 5 boxes, 1885-1896).
The manuscripts general series also contains some indexes to the minutes:
MS/407 'Alphabetical index to the printed minutes' by P.M. Roget is a guide to most of the first volume of printed minutes, 1832-1844.
MS/801 is a subject index for the subjects under discussion in volumes 1-4 of the printed minutes, 1832-1877.
Select minutes have been published:
The Council Minutes Original for the period 1660-1687 are printed with the Journal Book Original in 'History of the Royal Society' (4 vols, London, 1756-1757) by Thomas Birch . An index to the proper names in Birch by Gail Ewald Scala was published in 'Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London' Volume 28, No. 2 (1974).
The minutes 1663-1800 are published on microfilm by University publications of America.