Records of the British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group; 1956-2010

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the following series:

Papers relating to the Association of British Spectroscopists (BS/A)

Papers relating to British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group Conferences (BS/C)

Papers relating to British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group finances (BS/F)

Journals (BS/J)

Papers relating to British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group Committee Meetings (BS/M)

Printed papers relating to the history of the British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group (BS/P)

Correspondence of the Secretary of the British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group (BS/S)

Photographs, CDs and slides (BS/V)

The largest part of the collection consists of papers relating to the BRSG's conferences, particularly books of abstracts of the papers presented. There is also a large quantity of committee meeting papers, together with the Secretary's correspondence files and some financial papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group (BRSG) was established in 1956 to provide a forum for physicists to discuss their research into various branches of radio spectroscopy and magnetic resonance. The Group maintained an informal structure, combining forces only occasionally with other associated bodies. Its meetings were organised by local members in various locations and with a minimum of administration. Despite the Group's title, its mailing list included many scientists from abroad and in 1975 it met in Paris. In 2000 the BRSG affiliated with the Institute of Physics, and changed its name to the 'BRSG: The Magnetic Resonance Group'.


The collection has been divided into series. Within these series, items have been arranged chronologically where possible.

Access Information

Much of the collection is accessible to all readers. However, access to some items is restricted under current Data Protection legislation, and access to files containing correspondence is restricted for 30 years from the date of the record. Please see our Access Policy or contact us for further advice.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all finding aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.


Catalogue accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing on our Permission to Publish form (see the Reprographics Services part of our website or email

Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The greater part of the records were transferred in 1981 by the Chairman of the BRSG. Additional material was subsequently acquired in 1983 and 2015 from the Group's Secretary. This catalogue was enhanced, and the collection was repackaged, in 2018-2019 with support from a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Award.

Related Material

Papers of Professor Sir Peter Mansfield (PPM); Papers of Professor E. Raymond Andrew (PRA); Papers of Professor Brian Worthington (PBW).


The British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group: The First 25 Years, in 'European Spectroscopy News' 36, 1981. See item BS/P 2.