Detailed descriptions of the Society’s archive holdings can be accessed via the Archives Catalogue (coming in spring 2013), but an overview of the scope of the collections can be found below.
The Archives are split into two main collection series: Business Papers and Deposited Papers.
The Society’s own official records, from its foundation in 1807, which notably includes material on:
Generally letters, diaries, field books, drawings, prints, reports and annotated/ manuscript maps which have been deposited with the Society. The series includes visual material which was used to illustrate papers read at Ordinary Meetings. Although the original manuscripts were not retained (apart from a small number of very early papers), the illustrations were kept – presumably because they were not included in the final journal publication.
Notable collections of papers by individuals include: