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Audio-Visual Archive

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0117 AV
Held at: Royal Society
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Full title: Audio-Visual Archive
Date(s): 1931
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 288 items to date.
Name of creator(s): Various
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:


Scope and content/abstract:

Audio-visual recordings by or about Fellows of the Royal Society. The bulk of the collection consists of audio material, in particular cassette recordings of the Society's named lectures, which have been preserved in this manner since 1974. The remainder of the series has been acquired as supplementary material to the Personal Records (q.v.), although there are a few items which predate those autobiographies.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The collection is arranged as follows: AV/1 Tape recordings; AV/2 Videotapes; AV/3 Films; AV/4 Records; AV/5 Compact disks; AV/6 Webcasts; AV/7 Digital Video Cassettes; AV/8 DVD (Digital Versatile Discs).

Conditions governing access:

OPEN - but some items restricted.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to Archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

There is a handlist to the collection, updated as new lectures are recorded, and a small card catalogue appended to the General Card Catalogue which acts as an index to contributing Fellows and other scientists. Information given in each includes: subject or title of the work recorded/ author, contributor or speakers/ date/ venue (if appropriate)/ medium/ extent/ playback speed (if appropriate)/ location within the series.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Royal Society catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2009.

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