Records of the British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group, 1956-1981

Scope and Content

The collection includes papers relating to the Association of British Spectroscopists to which the B.R.S.G. was affiliated, and papers relating to B.R.S.G. committee meetings. Material relating to the group's conferences includes books of abstracts of the papers presented.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Radiofrequency Spectroscopy Group (B.R.S.G.) was established in 1956 to provide a forum for physicists to discuss their research into various branches of radio spectroscopy. 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.


The collection is divided into four sections: the first contains papers relating to the Association of British Spectroscopists; the second contains papers relating to B.R.S.G. conferences; the third contains papers relating to B.R.S.G. committee meetings; the final section contains printed papers relating to the history of the B.R.S.G.. Material is arranged in chronological order within each section.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: The bulk of the material is accessible to all registered readers, but access is restricted in the case of correspondence files created less than 30 years ago.

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

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue, 10 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue, 10 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The greater part of the records were transferred in 1981 by the Chairman of the B.R.S.G.. Additional material was subsequently acquired in 1983 from the Group's Secretary.


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