Record

LevelSeries
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/G3 A5 P
TitlePrecis books [incoming]
Extent9 vols.
Date1881-1934
ArrangementThe incoming papers [O] were numbered for each year [from 1 January] in the chronological order in which they arrived at headquarters. A printed [from December 1902 mimeoed] precis was prepared for each meeting of the Group Committee. This comprised number, date, writer, date received, summary of contents, proposals for committee action to be taken and/or secretary's remarks. A file copy of this precis [used as agenda papers by the committee] was pasted in the precis book on the left-hand side. On the right-hand the committee clerk entered relevant committee action (minutes or recommendations to Committee of Correspondence, General Committee etc.) and notes of secretarial action (e.g. letters written [see letter-books]).
N.B. The Group Committee minute books do not necessarily include the recommendations or minutes entered in the precis books.
Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionThe precis book for 1886-1887 has not survived; typescript summaries of the letters and papers for this period were compiled in 1952 and are kept with the papers in the Original Series (see Adam Matthew microfilm reels: Church Missionary Society Archive Section IV: Africa Missions Part 17: reels 339 and 340).