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Committee of Chemistry

One of the original subject-based committees set up by the Society from 1754 to judge awards and premiums for discoveries in chemistry.\n\nRecords include minutes of the Chemistry Committee, correspondence about awards and attendance at and structure of committee. Additional correspondence to the committee is also included within the Guard Book series at PR/GE/110

Membership/Fellowship

Information on Fellows has been gathered since foundation of the Society, although this has always been for administrative/financial reasons. Membership lists do not include any further biographical information. Subscribers to the Society were originally termed 'members'. From 1914, members were referred to as 'Fellows'.\n\nFellowship lists exist in various formats:\nSubscription lists (manuscript) from 1754 to 1986: early volumes are bound, late 20th century ledgers are loose leaf. There are gaps.\nPrinted lists of Members/Fellows also appear bound into the volumes of Transactions, later the Journal, for most years. In the 1970s and 80s, separate printed lists were published.\nInformation contained in lists includes name and usually address, date of election and year of resignation ('declined') or death, if specifically noted. early lists include details of proposer and some also include Member's area of interest or profession.\n\n

Polite Arts Committee

One of the original subject-based committees set up by the Society from 1754 to judge awards and premiums offered by the Society in the 'Polite. (ie Fine) Arts'\n\nSeries includes minutes of the committee, correspondence about awards and attendance at and structure of committee. Also includes examples of prints, drawings, engravings and other works of art submitted for award between 1758 and 1845. Additional correspondence to the committee is also included within the Guard Book series at PR/GE/110

Miscellaneous 18th and 19th century Committees

As well as various standing committees (see individual entries for Mechanics Committee, Polite Arts Committee, Agriculture Committee, Committee of Colonies and Trade and Chemistry Committee) the Society regularly set up ad-hoc committees to discuss a broad range of topics concerned with the programme and administration of the Society. These include the Committee of Correspondence and Papers and the Committee of Miscellaneous Matters\n\nRecords include minutes of the diverse committees and correspondence to the members of the committees. Correspondence in this section is mainly administrative or on topics which could not be covered by the main subject committees.

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

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  • 1754-

The RSA archive preserves the historical records relating to the RSA's activities and administration and makes them available for research.\nThe Society was established in 1754 and RSA archival records date from then, but there is some printed material that dates back to 1634.

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