Minute book, 1856-70, of the Council of the Decimal Association, also contains the Minutes for the meetings of the International Association over the same period.
Council of the Decimal Association
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- ReferenceGB 96 MS 180
- Dates of Creation1856-1870
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical DescriptionI volume
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Great Exhibition of 1851 proved to be the catalyst for the birth of the public argument for decimalization in Britain. At the close of the exhibition the Society of Arts gave a presentation in support of a decimal system in order to bring into line all the weights and measures currently used by various European countries into harmonisation. The International Association and its British branch were formed in 1855.
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Catalogue of the manuscripts and autograph letters in the University Library compiled by Reginald Arthur Rye.
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Bought in 1910.