ON the 29th October, 1912, the Notts. County Council (with the approval of the Custos Rotulorum), appointed a " County Records Committee" to consider and deal (among other things) with the question of the preservation and cataloguing of the books, documents and papers constituting the County Records kept at the Shire Hall, Nottingham, which Records date back from the beginning of the reign of James I.

The Committee so appointed consisted of :

The Duke of Portland, K.G., Custos Rotulorum of the County.
Lord Belper, Chairman of the Notts. County Council.
Viscount Galway, Vice-Chairman of the Notts. County Council.
Col. Sir Lancelot Rolleston, K.C.B. } Chairmen of
W. E. Denison, Esq. } Quarter
H. Mellish, Esq. } Sessions.
J. L. Francklin, Esq. } Vice-Chairmen of
E. W. Enfield, Esq. } Quarter Sessions.
Sir Ernest Paget, Bart., Chairman of the Notts. Standing Joint Committee.
Ald. Robert Mellors } Members of the
Ald. Major G. C. Robertson } Notts. County Council,
Ald. W. H. Mason } and of the
Councillor W. Bradley } Thoroton Society.

His Grace the Duke of Portland was appointed Chairman of the Committee.

The old County Records consist of Sessions Books and Sessions Files or Rolls. They were formerly in the private custody of the Clerk of the Peace for the time being, but, since June, 1893, they have been kept in the Muniment Rooms at the Shire Hall, at Nottingham.

The old Sessions Books and Files, and the other old documents in the County Archives have never been catalogued or arranged, and in their present condition are of little or no use for reference purposes.

The Committee considered that the Sessions Rolls should be opened up, mounted and bound, and this work is now in progress.

The Committee also considered that the County Council should print and publish from time to time Calendars, Notes and Extracts compiled from the County Records, so as to facilitate reference to the old documents. The County Council have approved of this proposal.

These publications will be of considerable interest, not only from a historical point of view, but from an administrative point of view, as they will furnish Local Authorities and others with information in reference to the history of roads, bridges, boundaries, &c.