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Röntgen Society

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1970 Röntgen
Held at: British Institute of Radiology
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Full title: Röntgen Society
Date(s): 1899-1927
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 16 volumes
Name of creator(s): X-ray Society | 1897
Röntgen Society | 1897-1927


Administrative/Biographical history:

X-rays were discovered on 8 Nov 1895, by Professor Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, of the Institute of Physics of the University of Wurzburg, Bavaria. The first radiological society - the X-ray Society - was formed in London in March 1897, by a group of medical men interested in Röntgen's discoveries. They drew up a code of rules for consideration by a larger committee meeting, and in June the same year, the name was altered changed to the Röntgen Society. The first General meeting of the Society was held in June 1897, and Professor Silvanus Thompson, was elected its first president. Members of the Society were more strongly representative of the field of physics than of medicine. In 1917 when the medical members of the Society, joined with the Electro-therapeutic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine to form the British Association for the Advancement of Radiology and Physiotherapy (BARP).
The Röntgen Society worked in collaboration with BARP and its successor the British Institute of Radiology (BIR). In 1927 it amalgamated with the BIR.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Röntgen Society comprising: minutes of general meetings, 1899-1927; minutes of Council, 1899-1926; microfilm copies of minutes of the Röntgen Society 1923-1927; letter book, 1913; Röntgen Society list of members, 1903-1917; printed copies of Röntgen Society Year Book and Lists of Members, 1917-1925.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

By appointment only. Contact the Information Centre Manager, British Institute of Radiology, 36 Portland Place, London W1B 1AT

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies available at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:

The collection is uncatalogued

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

See also description for the British Institute of Radiology, and the National Radium Commission.

The Science Museum, London, holds a collection of early x-ray tubes.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Historical Manuscripts Commission's On-Line National Register of Archives; British Institute of Radiology Handbook, 1962.
Compiled by Alison Field as part of the London Signpost Survey Project

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:
September 2003

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