Cairo Scientific Society Collection

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the Cairo Scientific Society, established in Cairo by the British community in 1898, comprising the minute books of the Society, recording the meetings, papers presented and Society outings, and four volumes of the Cairo Scientific Journal 1906-1910, which published papers presented to the Society.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cairo Scientific Society (1898-1951)

The Cairo Scientific Society was established in 1898 to be a ‘society for the Promotion of Science in Egypt’ in which members presented papers at regular meetings on a wide variety of scientific subjects. The Society started to publish a monthly magazine ‘Survey Notes’ in 1906. Following the success of the first 15 issues of ‘Survey Notes’ the publishing committee decided to rename the publication ‘The Cairo Scientific Journal’ and to expand the scope of the publication to cover ‘not only information relating to one or two branches of physical science, but to invite communications on all branches of scientific knowledge.’ The Cairo Scientific Society held 392 meetings between its foundation and its closure in 1951. At its height, it consisted of over 100 members, and held fortnightly meetings. The Society lapsed during the Second World War, the last meeting occurring on April 6th, 1939, and recommencing in 1949. With the introduction by the Egyptian Government of “Society Laws” in 1949, the Society fused with the British Institute and ceased to exist as an independent entity. The last recorded meeting of the Society was the 392nd, in March 1951.


  • 1. Minute Books of the Cairo Scientific Society
  • 2. Cairo Scientific Journal, Vols. 1-4

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Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Major Eric Titterington in Jan 1967

Other Finding Aids

Archivist's Note

Fonds, series and item level description created by Thomas Stanbury on 8 Aug 2011. Administrative history revised by Debbie Usher on 8 Aug 2011. Administrative history drawn from a letter written by Dr G.V. Anrep, Former President of the Society c1953, and a historical note in a “List of Officers, Rules and List of Members of the Society”, published by the Society in April 1931 and information on Survey Notes and the Cairo Scientific Journal taken from item 2/3 The Cairo Scientific Journal, Vol. 2A.

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions on copying or quotation other than statutory regulations and preservation concerns

Custodial History

Created by the Cairo Scientific Society, subsequently in the possession of Major Eric Titterington

Related Material

In Middle East Centre Archive

GB165-0004 Addison Collection – Contains a “List of Officers, Rules, and List of Officers” of the Cairo Scientific Society from April 1931

In Other Repositories

  • The Bodleian Library (Sackler Library) holds The Cairo Scientific Journal from 1908-1926
  • The British Library holds in its General Reference Collection Ac. 15 The Cairo Scientific Journal from 1908-1926

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