Ref NoPMC3
TitleAnnual Reports
DescriptionThe Paul Mellon Foundation (1963-1969) was governed by a set of Trustees, to whom the Director was required to make regular reports. At the time of cataloguing, no formal record of this activity was identified: there are no annual reports for the years 1963-1969, the period during which the Foundation was operational.

The first formal report on the activities of The Paul Mellon Centre was produced 1972. It was compiled by the Director of the Centre (then Ellis Waterhouse) for the Board of Governors and records that 'the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (London) Limited has been functioning for over two years, and it is now possible to give some account of how far the Centre has been able to pursue what is described in the Memorandum of Association, as the 'the primary object' for which it was established, viz: the advancement of the education in, and appreciation and understanding of British Art'.

This became the precedent for all subsequent reports which include a summary of the main achievements of the Centre in each key area of activity, specifically: grants; academic activities; publishing; photographic archive and library; and Yale-in-London (from 1977). Alongside these general summaries, the reports also contain as standard the following lists:
- from 1972 to 1977/78 (inc): acquisitions made for the library and photographic archive
- from 1980/1981 - to present (with exception of the 1991-1992 report): grants awarded by the Advisory Council.
- from 2000/2001 - to present: details of all Governors; Members; Advisory Council and Centre Staff
- from 2003/2004 - to present: publications since 1970

From 1974 onwards (the second report), reports were given a more formal status: they were presented by the Director of Studies at Annual General Meetings of the Board of Governors and are titled 'Annual Reports'.
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