The files contain miscellaneous clumps of papers relating to contributions by music copyists and arrangers before 1966. (The official dates for this Registry sequence were for papers created between 1922 and 1962, but Accession Books list files as dating from the 1929 onwards. The majority of files end in 1962, a small number of files contain material up to 1965.) Paperwork can be held in relation to national, regional and overseas contributions.
These papers usually refer to copyists and arrangers who had few or no bookings with the BBC before 1963 and were not considered to have enough paperwork to warrant their own personal file. If a contributor is not listed in the run of files for RCONT1 , they may have papers listed for the RCONT11 files.
The papers include a large amount of correspondence, both internal and external. Copyists and arrangers would write to the BBC to offer their professional services, sometimes submitting examples of scores for consideration. Some of these example works are included with the correspondence. Confirmations of receipt were issued for these pieces, copies of which were kept on file.
Those copyists who were successful in gaining employment have further papers that were generated through the booking and payment process. These include internal request forms for music copying and new orchestral or chorus arrangements. Further correspondence alludes to fees and payments to the copyists.
Whilst the booking process can be followed through the papers, formal contracts with the contributors are rare in this series. These were usually issued by the Copyright Section and consequently held in the RCONT7 series. See ‘Related Units of Description’ for more details.