Reference numberNLB/11/622
Alternative reference numberNLB/11 p306b
TitleCopy letter from Michael Foster, to the Right Honourable Joseph Chamberlain, Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies
Date15 August 1895
DescriptionFoster is directed on behalf of the Royal Society to address his Lordship with a view of obtaining the assistance of Her Majesty's Government in a matter of international interest; an adequate catalogue or index of scientific publications. Discusses the Royal Society's 'Catalogue of Scientific Papers' and notes that an adequate, prompt and complete catalogue arranged not only according to authors names but also according to subject can not be carried out by a single body and can only be successfully achieved by international co-operation.

The Society has entered into correspondence with nearly all the important scientific institutions in the world as well as with a number of eminent scientific persons with a view of obtaining expressions of opinion as to the desirability of attempting such a catalogue. The replies have been favourable and the first step suggested by several persons is the summoning of a conference at which such a plan can be discussed and London is suggested as a location. Foster has been directed to address the Marquess of Salisbury, Her Majesty's Minister for Foreign Affairs, with the request that his Lordship will direct communications to be made to the respective Governments of the several nations known to be interested in science, inviting them to send representatives to such a conference. Asks that Chamberlain will cause similar communications to be made to the Governments of the colonies. Suggests the first half of July 1896 as a suitable date.

The papers and works entered in such a catalogue should concern applied and pure science only.
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8220Foster; Sir; Michael (1836 - 1907); physiologist1836 - 1907
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