Catalogue of Manuscripts in the College of Arms: Records

21 November 2012

In 1988 the College of Arms published the first volume of A Catalogue of Manuscripts in the College of Arms: Collections, a substantial 600-page volume covering the earliest unofficial collections and including what is sometimes called the Old Library. It was always envisaged that the Catalogue would have a parallel Records series, covering the official registers of the College's work.

The principal content of the first volume of this series, being supported by the Foundation, will be the visitation records. The editor of the projected Records volume is Robert Yorke, FSA, who recently retired as Archivist of the College with 32 years of experience with the College's manuscripts and of their use by scholars.

The Board of Directors of the College of Arms Foundation, Inc., is making a generous five-year grant totalling £25,000 to fund the publication of this new volume of A Catalogue of Manuscripts in the College of Arms. The grant was announced by John Shannon, President of the Foundation, at a reception held on 19 June 2012 at the College of Arms, attended by the Earl Marshal of England, the three Kings of Arms and several officers of arms, as well as Foundation board members and guests. For the full text of the press release relating to this grant, see the homepage of the website of the College of Arms Foundation.

The project is also being very generously supported by an annual grant by the Marc Fitch Fund, the educational charity established by Marc Fitch to support research and publication projects.

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