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Archive Catalogue

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Overview of the Archive collections

The Archive collections date from the Society’s foundation in 1807 through to the present day, however the strongest holdings are for the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

The collections are split into two main series: 

Business Papers

The Business Papers series comprises the historical records created by the Society in the course of its activities, and therefore cover its principal functions such as membership, scientific meetings and publishing, and their administration. 

Please note that individual membership records are not listed in the catalogue. Please see the FAQ pages of the catalogue for information on how to search for past members/Fellows.

Deposited Papers

The Deposited Papers series generally comprises items which were donated to the Society’s Library and museum over the years, and includes letters, diaries, field books, drawings, prints, reports and annotated/manuscript maps.

For historical, published material see the Rare Books pages. Images from across the Library’s entire collections can be found in our Picture Library.

Library Exhibitions

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Explore the Library's historical collections with our online exhibitions