fonds YGS - Records of York Georgian Society

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Records of York Georgian Society


  • 1939-2016 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.9 cubic metres

45 boxes, 1 volume and 2 oversize folders

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Administrative history

York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era.

The Society’s remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I’s birth, to 1837, the year of William IV’s death.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute by York Georgian Society in 2007. Further additions were made in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Scope and content

Constitution and rules, c.1939-1996; committee minutes, including minutes of annual general meetings, 1939-1977, 1983-1993, 1995-2000; correspondence and papers relating to annual general meetings, 1945-1951, 1964-1974, 1984-1992; annual reports, 2009-2011, 2014-2017; lists of officers and members, 1942-1991; papers and correspondence relating to members and membership, 1940s-1980; papers relating to individual officers, comprising service sheets for funeral of Oliver Sheldon, 1951, and papers concerning the life and work of Miss I. P. Pressly, 1950s-1960s; papers relating to Society headquarters, c.1946-1969; papers relating to furniture, furnishings, books and documents belonging to the Society, 1944-1990s; unlisted material, including financial papers, general correspondence, publications by the Society, papers relating to education, reference material, photographs and material relating to other societies and organisations.


Further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

Language of material

  • English

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This material has not yet been catalogued. A partial draft list is available for consultation, please contact the Borthwick Institute for more information.

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The Borthwick Institute also holds records of notable members of the York Georgian Society, these include the records of Canon John Stanley Purvis, Jack Kenneth Willson-Pepper, and Dick Reid.

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GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created 30.10.15. Updated 27.07.16. to include 2016/016 accession in the scope and content. Updated 05.04.17 to include 2017/064 accession in the scope and content.




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