Papers of the Navy Records Society

Scope and Content

In the 1980s Professor Anthony Ryan of the School of History at Liverpool University was made secretary of the society. The papers in this collection therefore generally comprise the documents held by Professor Ryan and those given to him by his predecessors. The papers include correspondence with society members, details of meetings including discussions of papers and publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Navy Records Society was established in 1893 with the aim of publishing original documents and papers concerning British naval history. Led by historians, publicists and navy officers, the group sought to publish volumes covering major historical figures in the Royal Navy, including Nelson, Beatty and Cunningham. As of 2012, the society still continues to publish two volumes annually, and has produced over 150 volumes of documents in total.


In accordance with the original filing of the records, the documents have been arranged as follows:
D1080/1 Minutes and Notices
D1080/2 Committee and Membership Information
D1080/3 Correspondence
D1080/4 Publication Papers
D1080/5 Administrative Papers

Access Information

Some of these records are closed to access.

Acquisition Information

These papers were given by the School of History to the University Archive in May 2012.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation in the reading room.

Separated Material

Additional minutes and correspondence for the Navy Records Society are held at the National Maritime Museum.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and Licensing Rules available on request.


For more information, please visit the Navy Records Society Website