File SZ/RS/3 is a slim file, chiefly of correspondence, relating to papers submitted for publication in the Society's Proceedings or Philosophical Transactions on which Zuckerman was asked to submit an opinion. On occasion he suggested submission to other publications than those of the Royal Society.
Much of the content of File SZ/RS/4 Sectional Committee 7 (Zoological Committee), 1945-1969, relates to candidates for election to the Fellowship.
The contents of SZ/RS/5 Government Grants Board G, 1945-1951, 1960, 1983, consist of printed lists of applications and routine correspondence, chiefly notifications of meetings.
File SZ/RS/6 is another slim file, and relates to the establishment of the Cultural Relations Committee in March 1945. Zuckerman was a founder member of the Committee, which was chaired by Sir Henry Tizard. The file contains copies of the minutes of the first two meetings (31 May 1945 and 4 October 1945) and is complementary to parts of Series SZ/TQ.
Sub-file SZ/RS/11/2, [Committee on General Candidates] Documents, 1965-68, includes a biographical sketch of Dr I.H. Usmani and a selection of his publications.
File SZ/RS/14 relates to the activities of an ad hoc committee set up by Council to put forward a scheme for discussion with the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, for participation in a joint (French, UK, USA) study of the coelacanth, if considered appropriate [Document CC/4(68)]. Zuckerman was a member of the Committee from its creation until 1968, but was rarely able to attend meetings. He did try to persuade the Committee to extend its remit to other living fossils but the Committee considered that Latimeria (coelacanth) was a special case.
File SZ/RS/15 is a slim file of correspondence relating to preparations for the Royal Society Empire Scientific Conference, July 9th - 20th, 1946. The conference events took place in London, Cambridge and Oxford, and included visits to a number of university departments and government research establishments. The file includes a calendar detailing the conference sessions, meetings, and visits.
File SZ/RS/16 is another slim file, of papers descriptive of the programme of events organised by the Society to celebrate (belatedly, due to wartime circumstances) the tercentenary of the birth of Sir Isaac Newton in 1642.
File SZ/RS/17 is a small file of papers relating to the Royal Society Scientific Information Conference, June 21st - July 2nd, 1948. This had been proposed by the Empire Scientific Conference of 1946, to bring together libraries, societies and institutions responsible for publishing, abstracting and information services, in order to examine the possibility of improvement in existing methods of collection, indexing and distribution of scientific literature and for the extension of existing abstracting services [letter to Fellows from the Secretaries of the Royal Society, 4 June 1948]. The file includes an agenda and programme for the conference, and its published report and recommendations.
File SZ/RS/18 consists chiefly of circulars and printed ephemera relating to the events organised to celebrate the tercentenary of the Society's foundation in 1660, and the associated fund-raising appeal.
File SZ/RS/19 relates to informal discussions between officers of the Royal Society and their opposite numbers from the National Academy of Sciences, Washington (NAS) in 1966 and 1967. These discussions had been initiated by Dr Frederick Seitz, President of the NAS, during a visit to the UK in 1965. Solly Zuckerman was invited to participate in the 1966 round of discussions, which were held in Washington in May of that year, but was unable to attend. He did, however, take part in the 1967 round, which was held in London. Topics discussed in 1966 covered international scientific organisations, postgraduate training in science and engineering, big and little science, relations between science academies and governments, movement of scientists between countries, assistance to developing countries, and scientific information. In 1967 the topics were: population; scientific work on islands (Aldabra, Fanning); international relations; applied research in industry; agriculture and medicine; the place of engineers; postgraduate training; the Brain Drain; and oceanology and marine pollution.
File SZ/RS/20 consists of typescript tables and a quantity of index cards, each bearing brief information on individual members of the Society. The purpose of this analysis of the membership is unclear. It could relate to Solly Zuckerman's activities as chairman of the Zoology Committee.
File SZ/RS/21 consists of copies of classified lists of its membership produced by the Society annually for the use of its officers, sectional committees and administrative staff.
File SZ/RS/22 is a small file of correspondence with Sir Alan Hodgkin, President of the Royal Society, relating to an appeal launched in 1974 to raise funds to replace income covenanted in the 1966 appeal. Solly Zuckerman was again canvassed to use his influence and contacts in support of the appeal.
File SZ/RS/24 consists of correspondence relating to a Royal Society Discussion Meeting on 30 September 1976 organised as part of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Zoological Society of London. Prof. R.J. Harrison presided over the organising committee and the meeting. Solly Zuckerman was one of the organisers and chaired one of the sessions. He also wrote the preface to the published papers. A draft of his preface is in the file.
File SZ/RS/25 contains an assortment of pamphlets and reports published by the Royal Society. A quantity of printed ephemera, such as programmes of meetings and abstracts of lectures and discussion meetings, has been de-accessioned.
Sub-file SZ/RS/26/1 consists chiefly of a record of the proceedings of the Royal Society Club's annual Anniversary Meeting. From the correspondence in sub-file SZ/RS/26/3 there is evidence that the members' restaurant of London Zoo was an occasional and popular venue for meetings. The regular venue was the Athenaeum, the fare offered at which did not always elicit delight. Solly Zuckerman laid the blame on the RS Club's parsimony [letter to Sir Philip Magnus-Allcroft, 13 April 1971].
The 30 sub-files in File SZ/RS/27 Candidates for the Fellowship [proposed by SZ], 1946, 1950-1967, 1970, 1972, are:
- SZ/RS/27/1 Professor E.C. Amoroso, 1955, 1957
- SZ/RS/27/2 Dr J.R. Baker, 1955
- SZ/RS/27/3 Professor E.J.W. Barrington, 1965, 1967
- SZ/RS/27/4 Dr R.E. Billingham, 1957-58
- SZ/RS/27/5 Professor J. Dixon Boyd, 1955-56, 1958
- SZ/RS/27/6 Professor C.J. Chester-Jones, 1955-58, 1962-63, 1970
- SZ/RS/27/7 Professor W.E. Le Gros Clark, 1950
- SZ/RS/27/8 Professor C.W. Emmens, 1953-56, 1959, 1961-64, 1967, 1972
- SZ/RS/27/9 Dr D.J. Finney, 1955
- SZ/RS/27/10 Sir Francis Knowles, 1960-62, 1964-65
- SZ/RS/27/11 Professor P.L. Krohn, 1960
- SZ/RS/27/12 Professor L.S.B. Leakey, 1960
- SZ/RS/27/13 Professor O.E. Lowenstein, 1954-55
- SZ/RS/27/14 Dr L. Harrison Matthews, 1951, 1954
- SZ/RS/27/15 Professor P.B. Medawar, 1947-48
- SZ/RS/27/16 Dr T.C.S. Morrison-Scott, 1962-64, 1966
- SZ/RS/27/17 Dr R.L. Noble, 1958
- SZ/RS/27/18 Dr W. Osman Hill, 1955
- SZ/RS/27/19 Dr H.W. Parker, 1953-55
- SZ/RS/27/20 Dr G. Pontecorvo, 1955
- SZ/RS/27/21 Dr E.S. Russell, 1946
- SZ/RS/27/22 The Rt. Hon. Viscount Samuel, 1958
- SZ/RS/27/23 Professor S. Sunderland, 1952, 1954-55
- SZ/RS/27/24 Sir Landsborough Thomson, 1961
- SZ/RS/27/25 Dr N. Tinbergen, 1954
- SZ/RS/27/26 Professor C.H. Waddington, 1946
- SZ/RS/27/27 Dr H. Waring, 1956, 1958
- SZ/RS/27/28 Dr A.G.M. Weddell, 1955
- SZ/RS/27/29 Professor G.M. Wyburn, 1955
- SZ/RS/27/30 Professor J.M. Yoffey, 1953-54, 1957
In most of the cases documented in these files Zuckerman appears to have been the prime mover in nominating the candidate and gathering evidence and support for the nomination, an exception being the file on L.S.B. Leakey. Series SZ/GEN also contains correspondence about candidates for the Fellowship. Correspondence and papers relating to the nominations of Professor Charles Oxnard and Lord Rothschild are in their files in Series SZ/GEN.