Royal Asiatic Society Governance: Minutes of Council Meetings

Scope and Content

The Royal Asiatic Society is governed by a Council who attend regular meetings to discuss the Governance of the Society. These Papers are the signed minutes for these meetings.

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 Minutes have been arranged chronologically. Most of them are housed within bound Minute books and therefore these have become the files of the fonds.

Access Information

Mostly Open. The current twenty years minutes are closed for confidentiality reasons. Please contact the archivist using the email address given 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

These Minutes were catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

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

Related Material

Other governance material also forms part of the institutional records. Details of what is available can be accessed in the Reading Room.