Reference numberMS/557/1
Previous numbersMS/557 - MS/574
TitleSecretaries' draft minutes from ordinary meetings of the Royal Society
Date13 August 1662-30 November 1761
DescriptionA 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. There is a gap in the sequence between 1696 and 1711, where a volume of draft minutes is missing [Sloane MS 3342 in the British Museum is almost certainly this missing volume]
Extent15 volumes and 3 MS boxes
Access statusOpen
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