Record

Reference numberMS/401
LevelSeries
TitleLibrary lending books of the Royal Society
Date1825-1902
DescriptionFive volumes listing loans of Royal Society library books to Fellows (MS/401/1-5).

One volume listing loans of instruments, paintings and other artwork (MS/401/6).
Extent6 volumes, MS Medium
Physical descriptionPaper, bound, size 10.5 x 8.5 inches
ArrangementVolumes and the entries within them are arranged chronologically with the exception of the final volume (MS/401/6) which forms a separate chornological series for non-book loans and covers the dates 1888-1896.
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyDuring the 19th Century only Fellows could access the Royal Society library and loan books from it. Further regulations governing the use of the library can be found in a document dated 16 Dec 1898, at the front of MS/401/5. The role of librarian was typically held by one of the Secretaries of the Society.

Non-Fellows had to have special permission from the President or Council of the Royal Society to access the library. Correspondence referring to access to the library for non-Fellows may be found in the New Letter Books (outgoing correspondence from the Royal Society 1885-1931).
Related materialOther Royal Society library lending books covering the dates 1902-1981 can be found as follows:
MS/677 (1902-1965)
MS/717 (1965-1985)
MS/726 (1980-1981)

Correspondence referring to access to the library for non-Fellows may be found in the New Letter Books (outgoing correspondence from the Royal Society 1885-1931).
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