Reference numberMC
TitleMiscellaneous Correspondence received by the Royal Society on official business
DescriptionOriginal letters sent to the Royal Society, generally on official business, and usually to Officers or Assistant Secretaries. The full sequence forms a single chronological archive with only occasional gaps, the most notable being the complete absence of the years 1900-1902 and 1920.
Extent17 volumes and 25 boxes containing 13,117 letters in total
Physical description17 leather bound volumes and 25 boxes of loose papers
ArrangementThe collection is effectively in two parts; letters for the period 1800-1899 are bound as 17 volumes; those for 1903-1925 are held unbound in boxes. The letters are arranged chronologically.
Finding aidsEntries in Archive Card Catalogue; Volumes 1-17 include author, address, date, summary of contents and reference number. Subsequent entries are limited to noting the author with a combined reference number and date, such as MC.06039 May 21 (letter number 39 on 21 May 1906)
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyLetters sent to the Royal Society, usually Officers or Assistant Secretaries
Related materialFrom 1885, the letters may be used in conjunction with the New Letter Books, which contain the corresponding outgoing letters.
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