RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoVB
Extent2 subseries
TitleAct Books
DescriptionFrom 1663, the act books supersede the archbishops' registers as the principal record of archiepiscopal administration. They provide the link between the two major aspects of his metropolitical and primatial jurisdiction exercised through the Vicar General and the Faculty Office. The act books record the appointments of bishops, the institution of clergy in the diocese of Canterbury, sede vacante appointments of clergy throughout the province of Canterbury, licences to officiate, to practise medicine, surgery, or midwifery, dispensations to clergy to hold in plurality, and appointments of proctors and advocates of the Court of Arches.
ArrangementVB 1: Act Books
VB 2: Institution Act Books
FindingAidsCharles M. Andrews and Frances G. Davenport, 'Guide to the Manuscript Materials for the History of the United States to 1783, in the British Museum, in Minor London Archives, and in the Libraries of Oxford and Cambridge' (Washington, 1908), p. 286, notes that the Act Books 1663-1828 contain occasional references to consecrations to American sees, and ordinations to American livings.
PublnNoteNigel Scotland, 'John Bird Sumner: evangelical archbishop' (1995).

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