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Annual General Meetings of the Geological Society of London

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 378 GSL/AGM
Held at: Geological Society of London
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Full title: Annual General Meetings of the Geological Society of London
Date(s): 1809-current
Level of description: Series
Extent: 63 vols and 4 boxes, pdf files
Name of creator(s): Geological Society of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The first rules of the Society, dating from 1808, called for an annual general meeting at the end of June, at which officers were to be elected, accounts presented and a subscription raised. In 1811 it was agreed that an anniversary dinner should be held on the day following the AGM. By 1818 the AGM and Anniversary Dinner were being held in February but are now held in June. A presidential address was first read by W H Fitton in 1828, and from 1835 the AGM included the presentation of medals and other awards.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Annual General Meetings of the Geological Society of London, 1809-current, comprising:

Rough manuscript minutes of the AGMs of the Geological Society of London, 1840-1891; Fair copies of the minutes of the AGMs of the Geological Society of London, 1844-current [incomplete]; Papers presented at AGMs, including President's agenda, ballot papers, scrutineer reports listing newly elected Council members, Officers and Fellows of the Society [pdf format after 2009], 1941-current; Printed ballot papers to elect Officers and members of Council, 1919, 1963-1996; Tickets, menus, programmes relating to the Anniversary Dinner, later President's Evening, 1853-1998; Printed notices and other ephemera regarding Annual General Meetings, 1809-1902.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Access is by appointment only, daily readership fee is applicable unless you are a member of the Society. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to copyright and the condition of the original, may be supplied. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue available online shortly.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

For records of the first few decades' of Annual General Meetings, see: Ordinary Meetings (ref: GSL/OM/1). The proceedings of the AGM were also published within the 'Proceedings of the Geological Society of London' until c.1960.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description by Caroline Lam.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with 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:
March 2012, revised July 2014.

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