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Seals and coats of arms

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 30

Scope and Contents

A collection of letters, pictures and two seals received in reply to the R.C.I. circular of 1904, with later additions, including booklets, newscuttings, newsletters and volumes. A summary list describing the earlier material is in the first box.


  • Creation: 1904 - 1989

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

In October 1904 the Librarian of the Royal Colonial Institute sent circulars to all the Empire territories requesting a copy of their seal and coat of arms. Fifty-eight replies were received, some including an impression of the seal (Canada and Tasmania sent full-sized wax impressions), and others including specially-made drawings.


0.03 cubic metre(s) (2 archive boxes) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 11

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 35.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources.


For further information see 'Royal Commonwealth Society library notes', no. 23, November 1958, pp. 1-2, and the 'Commonwealth Journal', vol. II, 1959, pp. 240 and 248.


This collection level description was created by RAS.



Includes index.
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Repository Details

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