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Includes major public documents relating to the foreign affairs of Britain, other countries and international organizations. Searchable digitized versions for 1812-1968 volumes are available on Hein Online. Call#: Van Pelt Library JX103 .A3
The Confidential Print comprises diplomatic dispatches and other papers that in general span from the 1850s to the 1960s. They were printed for limited circulation within the British government and were not available to the public. Sections are available online:
Multivolume compilation of documents relating to the origins of World War I. Most of the documents were selectively culled from Foreign Office papers in the Public Record Office. Call#: Van Pelt Library D505 .G68
A descriptive list of published volumes is available. The print texts are often accompanied by supplementary microfilm or CD-ROMs. Call#: Van Pelt Library DA566.7 .A182 Call#: Van Pelt Library Microbook 21
Based overwhelmingly on previously unpublished material from official British archives in the Public Record Office, the British Documents on the End of Empire Project (BDEEP) presents, for the first time, an extended documentary record of the final stages of Britain's association with the colonies of the formal empire and the countries within an informal empire." The volumes of Series A provide documents relating to general government policies of relevance to the empire as a whole. Series B provides coverage of individual countries. Series C provides archival guides to official sources.
Annual colonial reports are readable companions to the colonial blue books that provide an account of activities in the colony during the previous year. This record indicates a collection of annual reports covering the years 1927-1936. Additional annual reports can be located by doing a title search in Franklin for colonial reports annual. Call#: LIBRA 328.42 G797
Blue Books are annual reports of the British colonies. Colonial regulations issued in 1843 state:"The Annual Blue Book containing accounts of the Civil Establishment, of the Colonial Revenue and Expenditure and of various statistical particulars, etc. ... must be filled up with the greatest possible accuracy and the Statistical Tables must be full and complete." This list includes blue books for Africa. Many blue books for non-African colonies can be identified by doing a title search for blue book in Franklin.
Colonial America will make available all 1,450 volumes of the CO 5 series from The National Archives, UK, covering the period 1606 to 1822. CO 5 consists of the original correspondence between the British government and the governments of the American colonies, making it a uniquely rich resource for all historians of the period.