Reference numberMM
TitleMiscellaneous Manuscripts by, about or belonging to the Fellows of the Royal Society
Date15th century-
DescriptionSingle manuscript letters or small groups of related documents considered too small to be added to the Manuscripts General series. Includes various document formats. The collection contains all manner of papers by, about or belonging to the Fellows of the Royal Society. Subject matter covers all branches of the sciences and includes non-scientific material. Current accessions are limited to materials not generated by the Royal Society, but acquired by gift or purchase; these usually number less than 10 items per accession. This has not always been the practice, so that the collection also contains relatively large groups of papers, occasionally on Royal Society business.
Extent2,550 documents in 14 volumes and 8 boxes
Physical descriptionVolumes 1-17, and 19 are bound. Volumes 18, 20-25 are not bound
ArrangementThere are 26 numbered volumes bound as 14 physical volumes and 8 boxes. Documents not arranged chronologically except within small acquisition groups. Later volumes divide letters by century, so that Volume 23 contains 17th century material. Volume 18 is devoted to 20th century material, and volumes 20, 21, 22, 24 and 25 contain 18th, 19th and 20th century papers. Volume 26 contains 21st century material.
Finding aidsEach bound volume (1-14) prefaced by a a list of contents. Letters are listed by author in the Archive Card Catalogue, detailing name and address of sender, date of recipient and reference number. A handlist for volumes 1-14 is available containing similar information. This was produced as an introduction to the microfilm publication of the series by University Publications of America.
Access statusOpen
Related materialMicrofilm available since 1985 from University Publications of America
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