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Council of the Decimal Association

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 180
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Council of the Decimal Association
Date(s): 1856-1870
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: I volume
Name of creator(s): Decimal Association | Council
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Great Exhibition of 1851 proved to be the catalyst for the birth of the public argument for decimalization in Britain. At the close of the exhibition the Society of Arts gave a presentation in support of a decimal system in order to bring into line all the weights and measures currently used by various European countries into harmonisation. The International Association and its British branch were formed in 1855.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minute book, 1856-70, of the Council of the Decimal Association, also contains the Minutes for the meetings of the International Association over the same period.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of the manuscripts and autograph letters in the University Library compiled by Reginald Arthur Rye.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Bought in 1910.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Minute books, 1889-1949, are privately held (enquiries to the Business Archives Council).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
2000-02-09 Joseph Gelfer, 2000-05-19 Sarah Smith

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