Reference numberRBC
TitleRegister Book of the Royal Society: copies
DescriptionThe register book contains copies of scientific papers submitted to the Society - the original documents may be found in the Classified Papers series. The papers were transcribed to establish their precedence for a particular discovery or idea. It follows that not all communications to the Society were registered in this manner, but only those judged to contain some significant original material. The register books are by nature copies of notable documents transcribed into a register, in turn the registers exist in original and copy form as the original register book (RBO) was transcribed in the eighteenth century to form this copy.
Extent19 volumes
Physical descriptionLeather bound volumes with card slip covers
ArrangementBy date
Finding aidsIndividual indexes in Volumes 1-4. All volumes catalogued in Archive
NotesAltRefNo gives the page number in volume
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyThis copy version was transcribed in the eighteenth century, possibly for reasons of security like the Journal Books and the Council Minutes. It is known that one volume of the Register was lost (Volume 2) and then recovered - but not before a replacement had been made, leaving three versions in total of this volume (Original, Duplicate and Copy). A further copy of the original Volumes 1 and 2 was made (date unknown) and returned to the Society in 1814, being presented to Sir Joseph Banks (MS/776). Volume 10 of the series does not exist - this was left as a deliberate gap in the sequence, to be filled if original papers became available for copying.
Related materialRegister Book Original; see Classified Papers for original documents.
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