Reference numberNLB
TitleNew Letter Books: copies of outgoing administrative letters of the Royal Society
CreatorThe Royal Society
DescriptionCopies of outgoing letters from the President, Officers and Assistant Secretaries of the Royal Society (primarily the latter). Each page may contain up to four copied documents. Volumes are numbered one to 73 with an additional volume for the period January 1901-November 1904.

The Alt Ref No field has been used to indicate the page of each volume at which a copy letter can be found.

Volumes have been catalogued to item level.

Short letters have been transcribed in full.
Extent74 volumes
Physical descriptionBound volumes containing on average 500 pages, c1000 letters per volume. Physical conditions of the volumes is poor, with some fading of copy text. Predominantly copy typescript letters in latter volumes with faded copy manuscript signatures. Paper brittle.
Finding aidsEach volume has an alphabetical index of letter recipients listing the page on which the letter is to be found, but not to the individual letter.

A sheaf catalogue for the collection was started by Leslie Townsend but remains incomplete; at present this covers volumes 1-2 only (1885-1888). Information in alphabetical order of recipient, with some subject references; details given are author, date, recipient, (including address, whether a FRS and date of election), summary of contents and volume and page number.
Access statusOpen
Access conditionsOriginal volumes not to be produced unless essential due to fragile conditions, please consult the information provided in the catalogue before requesting the original
Related materialThe series was microfilmed between 1975-1977, 61 rolls of 35mm film.

See Miscellaneous Correspondence (reference MC) which contains corresponding incoming letters sent to the Society. See also MM/17 which contains items of received by Walter White, Herbert Rix and Robert Harrison, in the course of their duties as Assistant Secretaries to the Royal Society in the late Nineteenth Century.

New Letter Books: copies of outgoing administrative letters of the Royal Society

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