In 1999 the Society agreed to continue a project begun by Richard Saville in the 1970s to improve access to part of the ADM 106 documents at the Public Record Office (now The National Archives). This collection of Navy Board papers includes many runs of correspondence - about a quarter of which are in-letters to the Navy Board, labelled miscellaneous, from dockyard commissioners, officers and workers, naval captains and contractors from around the world. The project also covers out-letters in ADM B and ADM BP from the Board to the Admiralty, held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. The aim is to improve a very minimal finding aid, which lists bundles of correspondence arranged chronologically, by letters of the alphabet. By 1999 TNA had produced an on-line catalogue consisting of a database which could be interrogated, so every letter in the bundles (or in the case of ADM B at Greenwich, bound volumes) could be precised to include subjects and the names of people and ships. Researchers may access and interrogate the database electronically for both the documents held at Kew and at Greenwich, in the on-line catalogue the Greenwich documents are to be found as ADM 354 (ADM B) and ADM 359 (ADM BP).
By November 2009 175,000 letters had been completed (some 42% of the entire project) but they are not all yet available on the catalogue. Years which are on the catalogue are 1738-1741, 1744-1747, 1750 and 1754-1770; about 32.5% of ADM 106 has been covered to date. ADM B (or 354) covers 1738-1780 and 1801-1809; 90% has been processed to date. ADM BP (or 359) covers 1780-1832, and 78% has been processed. The letters are distinguished by foliation, which does not yet appear on the documents at Greenwich. If anyone locates a useful document held at Greenwich from the catalogue, they will need to make a note of the letter by its date and the date of the covering letter, if it is an enclosure, in order to find it at Greenwich, until such time the documents there have the folio numbers applied.
Twenty volunteers work across the two sites and among such routine matters are requests for stores, the movement of transports, superannuation, surveys, embezzlement and wages, are unique events such as the mutiny of the ropemakers in 1675 and the fire at Portsmouth in the 1770s. There are also many trials of new techniques and equipment, copper plating, air pipes, pumps, distillation of seawater, medicines and inventions. There are constant requests to improve conditions in the yards and the development of yards overseas, including the difficulties of the Surveyor General of HM's Woods in America. This is an invaluable source for students of naval dockyards, technology, society and administrative history.