Reference, Research, Information
Subject Files have been created and compiled by members since 1958. The Files are defined as a Series. They include primary and secondary resources - newspaper and journal clippings, brochures, short histories of families and buildings, personal accounts, etc. - relating to people, places and events. The series as a whole is sorted alphabetically. Each component of the series is grouped by Secondary Values (the values of records to users) rather than by Primary Values (Provenance Order). There are approximately 500 separate Subject Files. While some files contain a small number of records, others contain numerous documents and manuscripts. The Subject Files are housed in four, four-drawer locked filing cabinets in the foyer of the Kew Heritage Centre in the Kew Library, and are housed in labelled, archivally sound folders.