Transactions & early publications of SAHAAS

The Society was formed in 1845 and its early publications covered an eclectic mix of topics such as the 'Names and Localities in Hertfordshire', 'Lord Bacon' and 'Roman sepulchral remains from St Stephens'.

It was only in 1883 that the Society decided to publish the first volume of Transactions, this being entirely devoted to the proceedings of an excursion to Dunstable. This journal continued to appear at intervals in essentially the same form until 1961, and the whole set of over 200 papers contains a unique record of nearly all the local discoveries during this time. Bound volumes of the Transactions and other publications are kept in the Society's library.

In the 1960s theTransactions were replaced by Hertfordshire Archaeology (now published as Hertfordshire Archaeology & History) which was introduced as a journal of record for the archaeology of the county.

The Society is currently engaged on a project to digitise all 4300+ pages of the Transactions and some of the earlier publications. Society volunteers are preparing searchable facsimile images of the original pages for private use and each volume will be made available here when it is ready. As of November 2013, over 70 percent of the pages have now been published on the site. We are grateful to the Mercers' Charitable Trust for a grant towards the cost of this project.

For those interested in understanding the context in which these articles were written and something of their current value we recommend the review by JT Smith referred to below.

You can search for items of interest in two ways. Firstly, use the Tables of Contents to identify titles of interest and note the volume and section; then go to the folders below to find the file you want. Alternatively use the search option in the top right of this screen to search everything on this site, including the Transactions and early publications.

The Society's Proceedings and Publications
A historical review by JT Smith
Tables of Contents
Contents of Early Publications & Transactions
Early Publications of SAHAAS
Articles on individual topics now on-line
Transactions of SAHAAS
Published 1883–1961
Hertfordshire Archaeology and History
The County journal of record