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Directors Minutes

Minutes up to September 1800 are of the Quarterly and General Meetings of Friends and Subscribers. On 26 June 1800 forty Friends were nominated as Directors, and minutes from 25 September 1800 in this and subsequent volumes are of Quarterly and Ge...

Committee of Management Minutes

Later volumes in this series also contain minutes of various standing and special sub-committeesThere is a volume missing between RET 1/1/4/15 AND RET 1/1/4/16

Committee of Management Rough Minutes

These are small notebooks, sometimes including other items eg special reports, audits of accounts, newspaper cuttings and other papers and (later) meetings of sub-committeesApproximately 6 volumes are missing in the series between RET 1/1/5/23 and...

Printed Annual Reports

These are filed by bundle, each bundle covering a decadeSome early printed Reports are included in the Directors' Minute Book 1792 - 1841 (RET 1/1/1/1)Format of Annual Reports - a summary:-The Annual Reports became more detailed as time went ...

Printed Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulations were printed and issued periodically. Rules broadly cover the management and government of the Retreat while Regulations deal with staff responsibilities and procedures in the institution, but often they were not separated or...

General Visitors Books

The names of visitors from all over the world, including many notable persons, are contained in the series below, indicating the fame of the Retreat

Incoming Correspondence

This series of incoming correspondence begins in 1796, with approximately 100,000 items surviving for the period up to 1905. Most of this correspondence is about patients. For later correspondence about patients, see RET 6/20 and also RET 6/19 and...

Incoming Correspondence Volumes

This group of volumes was designated as 'organised correspondence'As with the loose correspondence, the bulk of these bound letters are about patients. However, by the 1890s, far more letters (eventually the majority) are about business ...

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