Catalogue description British Museum (Natural History): Central Administration: Director's Office: Case and Policy Files

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Details of DF 1004
Reference: DF 1004
Title: British Museum (Natural History): Central Administration: Director's Office: Case and Policy Files

This series contains subject files opened by the Director and the Museum Secretary on a wide range of Museum matters, including the acquisition, exchange and disposal of collections, research projects, accommodation, exhibitions, expeditions, publications, relations with government departments, other organisations and with individuals, research projects, and wartime evacuation.

The filing system was set up in 1921 when it was decided to cease binding incoming papers into Reports and Letters volumes (DF 1000), and was administered by the Museum Secretary's staff, within the Directorate. Earlier papers were incorporated into a few files, but most date from 1921 or later.

When the registry was reorganised in 1972 it was reduced in scope as the Director began to keep his own files separately.

Copies of outgoing papers are present in most files, duplicating those held in DF 1001.

Date: 1882; 1921-1975

Arrangement of the registry was alphabetical by file title. The registry was reorganised in 1972, when alpha-numeric reference codes were used for the first time.

Related material:

Related papers are held in the Director's subject files in:

DF 933

Held by: Natural History Museum Library and Archives, not available at The National Archives
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 905 files and volumes
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

The series was transferred to Archives in 1986.

Accruals: The series is accruing through the Modern Record Store.

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