Reference numberMS/557
Previous numbersMS 557 - MS 579
TitleSecretaries' draft minutes and rough notes of meetings of the Royal Society
DescriptionThese are the notes, more or less rough, which were written up to make the Journal Books. Disregarding some 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.

Split into two series:
1. "Ordinary meetings" - 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 notes" - 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.
Extent20 volumes, 3 boxes
Physical descriptionGuardbooks, notebooks, loose papers
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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