Council of the Decimal Association

Scope and Content

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.

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.

Access Information

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue of the manuscripts and autograph letters in the University Library compiled by Reginald Arthur Rye.

Archivist's Note

Separated Material

Minute books, 1889-1949, are privately held (enquiries to the Business Archives Council).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

Bought in 1910.