Record

Reference numberMS/557
LevelSubFonds
TitleSecretaries' draft minutes of meetings of the Royal Society
Date1662-1761
DescriptionThese are the notes, more or less rough, which were written up to make the Journal Books. They fall into two sections;
1. 'Original Minutes' A series of guardbooks and packets of papers, 18 in number, containing original minutes of the Society's meetings. These minutes gradually approach nearer and nearer to the form and appearance of the Journal Book, and the last few volumes (from 15 onwards) are little different from the corresponding volumes of the Journal Book in their style.

2. 'Rough Minutes' A series of 5 notebooks containing rough minutes of meetings. It seems likely that these are the notes taken down by the Secretary at the meetings, which were later written out much more carefully to make the original minutes (which are usually more legible and more clearly intended to be preserved). These 5 notebooks cover fairly well the gaps in the series of Original minutes caused by the absence of Volume VI (almost certainly this is Sloane MS 3342 in the British Library) and the exceedingly fragmentary state of Volume V.

Disregarding the gaps, the period covered by the combined original and rough minutes is from August 1662 to November 1761. The period covered by the individual volumes are also shown on the backs of the volumes.
Extent20 volumes, 3 boxes
Physical descriptionGuardbooks, notebooks, loose papers
NotesStorage:
Bay 063
MS/557, MS/558, MS/559, MS/560, MS/561, MS/562, MS/563, MS/564, MS/565, MS/566,
Bay 062
MS/567, MS/568, MS/569, MS/570, MS/573, MS/575, MS/576, MS/577, MS/578, MS/579 - MS Very Large (vol);

MS/571, MS/574 - MS Box, Small, Bay 068
MS/572 - MS Box, Large, Bay 060
Access statusOpen
Related materialConcerning the absence of Volume VI of the original minutes, it would appear almost certain that Sloane MS 3342 in the British Museum is that volume
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