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Council of the Geological Society of London

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 378 GSL/CM
Held at: Geological Society of London
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Full title: Council of the Geological Society of London
Date(s): 1810-current
Level of description: Series
Extent: 16 boxes, 82 volumes and 4 files
Name of creator(s): Council of the Geological Society of London | 1810-


Administrative/Biographical history:

At the second meeting of the Society in December 1807, a Committee of Trustees was appointed to draw up the rules for the regulation of the fledgling body and instructions to the honorary members to accompany notice of their election. Proposals by this Committee and the various sub-committees which were in existence at the time, were submitted to its Members for discussion at the regular Ordinary General Meetings. However in 1810 it was decided to replace the Committee of Trustees with a more formal Council, leaving the OGMs solely for the discussion of papers and the election of new members. The first members of Council were appointed on 1 June 1810, holding their inaugural meeting two weeks later on the 14 June.

Council is still responsible for the management and direction of all the affairs of the Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Council of the Geological Society of London, 1810-current, comprising:

Minutes of the meetings of Council, 1810-current; Rough manuscript minutes of the meetings of Council, 1838-1905; Agendas for the meetings of Council, 1843-1979; Alphabetical subject indices to the minutes of the meetings of Council of the Geological Society of London, 1810-1981; Volumes containing of signatures of Council members attending Council meetings, 1882-2003; Annual reports, 1810-2010; Resolutions of Council, 1868-1931; Register of the letters presented at Council meetings, 1901-1912; Correspondence and papers relating to the meetings of Council, 1918-current.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As above.

Conditions governing access:

Access is by appointment only, daily readership fee is applicable unless you are a member of the Society. Some material may be restricted for business or confidentiality reasons. 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:

A detailed online catalogue will be available shortly.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: Woodward, H B. "The history of the Geological Society of London', London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1908. 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:
January 2010; March 2014

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