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The Archive of the Royal Society of Literature

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS RSL

Scope and Contents

The archive includes documents relating to the constitution and membership of the Society, including registers of Fellows and Members; the Society's publications, including early prospectuses and circulars, reports and proceedings, and occasional publications; the Council and Committees, including the Colquhoun Club and the Academic Committee; lectures, meetings and prizes administered by the Society, including the texts of several of the lectures given during the nineteenth century; and the Society's finances, legal affairs, property, library and archives. There are also photographs and photograph albums, and a significant quantity of secretarial correspondence on a wide range of subjects, including a series of 'Fellow's Files', c.1875-1998, holding admission forms and administrative correspondence of writers whose Fellowships terminated (by resignation or death) before 1999.


  • Creation: 1822-1998


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


1 collection (paper and photograph)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 1999.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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