Scope and Content

Consists of memorandum and articles of association and rules and regulations and bylaws 1875-1955; minute books of council and annual general meetings 1875-1960; agenda book of the council 1906-1927; membership book of the council 1878-1938; attendance book of the council 1947-1977; minute books of General Purposes Committee 1875-1936; minute books of Editing Committee 1875-1935; minute books of Special Committee 1875-1943; minute books of Finance and Administration Committee 1936-1949; minute books of Herd Book Committee 1936-1939; Rules and Discipline Committee minute books 1936-1938; Show and Sale committee minute books 1936-1939; Propaganda Committee minute books 1936-1939; Dairy Shorthorn Committee minute books 1936-1943; Lincolnshire Red Shorthorn committee minute book 1936; registers of inspection for entry into Society's advanced register 1947-1968; registers of inspection for entry into Society's advanced register and improvement register of merit 1960-1969; register of issue of pedigree exportation certificates 1951-1964; list of new members elected by council 1962-1967; staff records 1947-1966; register of entries for prize schemes 1960-1969; visitors book and the Society's pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Society of England Shows 1920-1948; visitors book at Society's offices 1951-1957; Thornton's Shorthorn Circular 1870-1933; Shorthorn breeders guide 1921-1939; bound volumes of sales catalogues 1838-1922; albums of press cuttings 1859-1979; minute book of Dairy Shorthorn (Coates Herd Book) Association 1926-1931; Northern Dairy Shorthorn breeds society memorandum and articles of association 1944; Shorthorn breeders club minute book 1928-1964; the Dairy Shorthorn Society yearbook 1919-1965

Administrative / Biographical History

Premises located at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire


  • SR SHS/1-3 Legal Records
  • SR SHS/4-43 AGM, Council and Committee Records
  • SR SHS/44-47 Breed Records
  • SR SHS/48 Membership Records
  • SR SHS/49 Staff Records
  • SR SHS/50-51 Show Records
  • SR SHS/52 General Office Records
  • SR SHS/53-54 Publications
  • SR SHS/55-57 General Reference Records
  • SR SHS/58-60 Records of Associated Societies and Organisations

Conditions Governing Access

Available for consultation

Acquisition Information

Deposited on permanent loan in 1986


Compiled by Zoe Watson, March 2004

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact the Archivist

Geographical Names