The Society’s manuscripts cover all branches of the sciences, as well as some non-scientific material. The chronological range is from the 15th century onwards.

Some of the material can be viewed in Turning the Pages, an online gallery of some of the most important and beautiful manuscripts in our collection.

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Letters and papers relating to the Society's administration1662-1884


Diverse series of papers by, about, or belonging to Fellows of the Royal Society 12th century-present


Miscellaneous Manuscripts spanning the 15th-20th centuries

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