Royal Asiatic Society Finance: Minutes of Finance and Investment Committees

Scope and Content

The signed Minutes and some associated correspondence of the Meetings of the Royal Asiatic Society's Finance and Investment Committees.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar Sir Henry Thomas Colebrooke on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 'for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia'. It continues as a forum for those who are interested in the languages, cultures and history of Asia to meet and exchange ideas.

The Society is governed by a Council which appoints committees to oversee various aspects of the Society's governance. The finance of the Society is overseen by a Finance Committee. At times this has been called an Investment Committee, there has also been an Investment Sub-Committee running alongside the Finance Committee. Currently the committee is nominated as the Finance and Investments Committee. The minutes and allied material for all these committees is contained within this catalogue.


The material was arranged chronologically thus:

  • RAS FIN1/1 - Finance Committee, 1965-1980
  • RAS FIN1/2 - Investment Committee, 1980-1984
  • RAS FIN1/3 - Finance Committee, 1985-2004
  • RAS FIN1/4 - Investment Sub-Committee, 2000-2003
  • RAS FIN1/5 - Finance Committee, 2004-2011
  • RAS FIN1/6 - Investment Sub-Committee, 2003-2011
  • RAS FIN1/7 - Finance and Investments Committee, 2012-

Access Information

Earlier records are open. More modern ones are subject to confidentiality restrictions. Please contact the archivist using the email address given here. The archive is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-5, and Thursdays 2-5. Access is to any researcher without appointment but it will help if an appointment is made via phone or email. Please bring photo ID.

Acquisition Information

As part of the institutional records, they have always been part of the Society's possessions.

Archivist's Note

This material was catalogued in 2019 by Nancy Charley, Royal Asiatic Society Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

These form part of the institutional records of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Related Material

The Finance Committee has existed at various stages of the Royal Asiatic Society's history. Earlier Minutes of the Committee will be within the volumes of the Council Minutes (RAS GOV1).