Despite the differing functions of the Burgher Council during the
period 1785 - 1795, the archives continued to grow unhindered until 1803 when,
with the establishment of the Burgher Senate, the Council ceased to exist.
With the exeption of volume BRD 16 no original finding aids in the
form of registers or indexes have remained preserved. The inventory shows the
incompleteness of the archives.
Various volumes and documents of the Burgher Council which formerly
were placed in the amalgamated archives of the Burgher Senate (comprising the
Burgher Council and 'Raad der Gemeente') have been arranged separately. The old
volume numbers mentioned in the inventory, refer to the numbers allocated in
the provisional list in which stroke numbers and the reference letters CTM and
BS were used.
The generally accepted order of the various series in the archives
has been used. Financial matters of the Burgher Council were always the
responsibility of a specially elected member; and have therefore been arranged
under the heading 'Treasurer'. Although the slave hospital was under the
control of the Burgher Council, the hospital's financial documents were kept
separately and therefore not placed under the heading 'Treasurer'. The same
applies to the cash book of the meat market ('vleeshal')