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India Office Records: Arrangement of the Records, and List of Classes

The India Office Records are arranged in classes according to the departments or agencies which carried out the functions of the India Office and its predecessor institutions. Each class of records has been assigned a place in an alphabetical sequence. Detailed lists of many of the classes are available in the online catalogue A2A - Access to Archives

List of Classes of Records

A: East India Company: Charters, Deeds, Statutes and Treaties c1550-c1950
B: East India Company: Minutes of the Court of Directors and Court of Proprietors 1599-1858
C: Council of India Minutes and Memoranda 1858-1947
D: East India Company: Minutes and Memoranda of General Committees 1700-1858
E: East India Company: General Correspondence 1602-1859
F: Board of Control Records 1784-1858
G: East India Company Factory Records c1595-1858
H: India Office Home Miscellaneous Series c1600-1900
I: Records relating to other Europeans in India 1475-1824
J&K: East India College, Haileybury, Records, and Records of other institutions 1749-1925 - See A2A
L: India Office Departmental Records
L/AG: India Office: Accountant-General's Records c1601-1974
L/E: India Office: Economic Department Records c1876-1950
L/F: India Office: Financial Department Records c1800-1948
L/I: India Office: Information Department Records 1921-1949
L/L: India Office: Legal Adviser's Records c1550-c1950
L/MAR: India Office: Marine Records c1600-1879
L/MED: India Office: Medical Board Records c1920-1960
L/MIL: India Office: Military Department Records 1708-1959
L/PARL: India Office: Parliamentary Branch Records c1772-1952
L/PO: Secretary of State for India: Private Office Papers 1858-1948
L/PWD: India Office: Public Works Department 1839-1931
L/P&J: India Office: Public and Judicial Department Records 1795-1950
L/P&S: India Office: Political and Secret Department Records 1756-c1950
L/R: India Office: Record Department Papers 1859-1959
L/SUR: India Office: Surveyor's Office Records 1837-1934
L/S&G: India Office: Services and General Department Records c1920-c1970
L/WS: India Office: War Staff Papers 1921-1951
M: Burma Office Records 1932-1948
N: Returns of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1698-1969
O: Biographical Series 1702-1948
P: Proceedings and Consultations 1702-1945
Q: Commission, Committee and Conference Records c1895-1947
R: Records received in London and incorporated in India Office Records
R/1: India: Crown Representative: Political Department Indian States Records 1880-1947
R/2: India: Crown Representative: Indian States Residencies Records c1789-1947
R/3: India: Viceroy's Private Office Papers and other Government Records 1899-1948
R/4: India: British High Commission Cemetery Records c1870-1967
R/5: Nepal: Kathmandu Residency Records c1792-1872
R/8: Burma: Records of the Governor's Office 1942-1947
R/9: Malaya: Malacca Orphan Chamber and Council of Justice Records c1685-1835
R/10: China: Canton Factory Records 1623-1841
R/12: Afghanistan: Kabul Legation Records 1923-1948
R/15: Gulf States: Records of the Bushire, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat and Trucial States Agencies 1763-1951
R/19: Egypt: Records of the Cairo, Alexandria and Suez Agencies 1832-1870
R/20: Aden: Records of the British Administrations in Aden 1837-1967
S: Linguistic Survey of India c1900-c1930
V: India Office Records Official Publications Series c1760-1957
W, X & Y: India Office Records Map Collections c1700-c1960
Z: Original Registers and Indexes to Records Series c1700-1950

 A: East India Company: Charters, Deeds, Statutes and Treaties c1550-c1950

 

Original title deeds, charters, proclamations, royal warrants, commissions, memorials, etc., relating to the East India Company's rights, privileges and properties mainly in Britain; also volumes containing printed or manuscript copies of charters and statues affecting the Company.

 B: East India Company: Minutes of the Court of Directors and Court of Proprietors 1599-1858

 

The Court of Directors met regularly as the Company's executive body, and their minutes constitute the central record of the Company's activities in London. The stockholders' activities are more briefly recorded in the minutes of the Court of Proprietors.

 C: Council of India Minutes and Memoranda 1858-1947

 

The Council acted primarily as a reviewing or advisory body for the Secretary of State for India. Much of the work of the India Office is represented in the Council's minutes and memoranda, but fuller documentation usually lies in the correspondence and papers of India Office departments (see L below). The minutes of the Advisers to the Secretary of State (the body which superseded the Council in 1937) are also included.

 D: East India Company: Minutes and Memoranda of General Committees 1700-1858

 

The Committee of Correspondence, a standing committee appointed by the Court of Directors, considered letters received by the Court and drafted or approved replies. The minutes, reports and papers of that Committee form the bulk of these records, which relate partly to the Committee's supervision of official correspondence with India, partly to the Company's 'home' correspondence (with individuals and institutions in England and Europe), and partly to establishment and personnel matters. Surviving records of most other committees of the Court are included with the records of their successor India Office departments (see L below).

 E: East India Company: General Correspondence 1602-1859

 

The series of Company correspondence brought together here are general in the sense that each comprises letters relating to all kinds of subjects in a chronological sequence. They predate, and in some cases duplicate, the correspondence series kept with the India Office departmental records (see L below). The series are those of 'home' correspondence (related to Committee papers in D above), correspondence with the Board of Control, early correspondence with the Company's overseas factories (known as 'Original Correspondence' in published calendars), and official correspondence with Bengal, India, Madras and Bombay. For Board of Control papers ('Board's Collections') closely connected with this official correspondence, see F below.

 F: Board of Control Records 1784-1858

 

The Board of Control supervised the official correspondence of the Company with its Indian presidencies. The Board's minutes, 'home' correspondence, and draft despatches submitted by the Company for approval are preserved, though not in their entirety. The Board's copies of the correspondence with India were early separated into departmental series (see L below). The bulk of Board of Control records are the series of 'Board's Collections', mainly enclosures to official letters from the India to the Company (see E above).

 G: East India Company Factory Records c1595-1858

 

Artificial groupings of letters, minutes ('consultations'), diaries and other papers for each of the factories, presidencies and agencies established by the Company in India and elsewhere from the seventeenth century onwards. For the India factories the general correspondence series (see E above) and the Proceedings (see P below) supersede factory records from the early eighteenth century (with the spread of Company administration). Papers for some establishments outside India (e.g. Cape of Good Hope, China and Japan, Egypt and Red Sea, Persia and Persian Gulf, St Helena, Straits Settlements, and Sumatra) continue into the nineteenth century.

 H: India Office Home Miscellaneous Series c1600-1900

 

An artificial collection, formed in the India Office in the late nineteenth century, of groups of older documents outside the regular archive series. Company records (compilations, extracts, accounts and memoranda prepared in East India House) and Board of Control records (including the 'East Indies Series' of pre-1784 State Papers furnished to the Board on its establishment) predominate, while collections of private papers and archival compilations by India Office officials are also found. A catalogue has been published: S.C. Hill, Catalogue of the Home Miscellaneous Series of the India Office Records (London, 1927).

 I: Records relating to other Europeans in India 1475-1824

 

Two small artificial collections, made in the India Office in the late nineteenth century, of documents dealing with British relations with the French and Dutch in India, the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia. With these have been placed a collection of transcripts and translations of early documents in Dutch and Portuguese archives, made for the India Office in the 1890s.

 J&K: East India College, Haileybury, Records, and Records of other institutions 1749-1925

 

The Haileybury records relate to the recruitment and training of the Company's writers and civil servants at the East India College, Haileybury (1806-1857), and include earlier recruitment records from 1749 onwards. The records of other institutions are those of: Addiscombe Military Seminary, which trained cadets for the artillery and engineer branches of the Company's armies (1809-1861); Pembroke House and Ealing Lunatic Asylums, which took care of Company and India Office servants who were certified insane while serving in India (1830-1892); and the Royal Indian Engineering College, which trained entrants to the Public Works Departments of the Government of India (1869-1925). A catalogue has been published: A.J. Farrington, The Records of the East India College, Haileybury, & other institutions (London, 1976).

L: India Office Departmental Records

 

These comprise the archives of the departments set up by the Board of Control and the East India Company, and largely continued by the India Office. With certain exceptions (for example, the Accountant-General's Records) the records of the departments follow the same basic pattern of arrangement:

Committee records
Papers of the Company's committees.

'Home' correspondence
Departmental correspondence with individuals or institutions within Britain and Europe, largely discontinued as separate series after 1879.

Correspondence with India
Departmental series of official letters to and from India, Bengal, Madras and Bombay.

Departmental papers
Files in annual sequences and subject collections in the filing system introduced in the 1880s whereby letters in a department were kept with their replies and associated office papers.
The departmental papers formed the basic documentation for each department's activities, accessible then (as now) through annual registers and indexes of correspondence. The continuing character of many subjects later caused the introduction of subject collections, or accumulations of papers on particular subjects over a period of years, each divided into series of sub-files on different aspects of its subject. To use the departmental papers profitably one should either inspect the lists of file titles in the 'annual files' and 'collections' series for that department, or search the annual indexes and registers of the department for references to particular papers on annual or collection files. For more information about file-title lists, indexes and registers in any department, go to the section below which describes that department's records, and then select again the alphabetical code in the section heading (for example 'L/P&S').

L/AG: India Office: Accountant-General's Records c1601-1974
L/E: India Office: Economic Department Records c1876-1950
L/F: India Office: Financial Department Records c1800-1948
L/I: India Office: Information Department Records 1921-1949
L/L: India Office: Legal Adviser's Records c1550-c1950
L/MAR: India Office: Marine Records c1600-1879
L/MED: India Office: Medical Board Records c1920-1960
L/MIL: India Office: Military Department Records 1708-1959
L/PARL: India Office: Parliamentary Branch Records c1772-1952
L/PO: Secretary of State for India: Private Office Papers 1858-1948
L/PWD: India Office: Public Works Department 1839-1931
L/P&J: India Office: Public and Judicial Department Records 1795-1950
L/P&S: India Office: Political and Secret Department Records 1756-c1950
L/R: India Office: Record Department Papers 1859-1959
L/SUR: India Office: Surveyor's Office Records 1837-1934
L/S&G: India Office: Services and General Department Records c1920-c1970
L/WS: India Office: War Staff Papers 1921-1951

 L/AG: India Office: Accountant-General's Records c1601-1974

 

The Accountant-General's Department dealt with the comprehensive and systematic recording of receipts and disbursements by the Company and the India Office, with the staff of the home establishment and their salaries, with the estates and wills of persons dying in India, and with the leave and furlough pay and pensions of members of the Indian civil and military services. Among financial activities peculiar to the Company period are the ledgers of the early joint-stock voyages and the registers of Company stockholding and stock transfers. The records reflect almost all the functions of the Company and the India Office, and also include the records of the London offices of various Indian railways, irrigation and canal companies.

 L/E: India Office: Economic Department Records c1876-1950

 

The records of a group of related departments responsible for a wide range of economic, technical and social questions. The departments were variously named Revenue, Statistics and Commerce (from 1858 to 1924), and Industries, Overseas, Communications and Economic (from 1921 to 1947). Their records deal particularly with land revenue, agriculture, trade and industry, and increasingly with other aspects of the social infrastructure such as census, posts, telegraphs and civil aviation.

 L/F: India Office: Financial Department Records c1800-1948

 

The Financial Department records are concerned with the financial policy of the Government of India: banking, currency and exchange, debts and loans, mints and coinage, audit principles, pay and pension rules, taxation, and public expenditure. The earlier Company financial records which are also included are more varied in character, and the records as a whole are informative on the home establishment of the Company and the India Office, on the post office, and on railways and public works finance.

 L/I: India Office: Information Department Records 1921-1949

 

Records of the Press Officer (later the Adviser on Publicity Questions) and his department, which dealt with the communication of official policy to press and public.

 L/L: India Office: Legal Adviser's Records c1550-c1950

 

The East India Company routinely retained the services of a solicitor in private practice from 1607, and of a standing counsel from 1684 onwards. These arrangements continued until 1874 when a Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State, combining both functions, was added to the India Office establishment. Among other matters the Legal Adviser and his predecessors handled the legal aspects of Company and India Office property and financial business, and formulation of contracts for staff and equipment for the Government of India, and the transmission of law cases from the Indian courts on appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. A wide range of types of document has survived from these processes.

 L/MAR: India Office: Marine Records c1600-1879

 

These records cover most aspects of the organisation and operations of the Company's maritime service, the Bombay Marine, the Indian Navy and the Bengal Pilot Service. Besides administrative papers (chiefly surviving papers of the Company's Committee of Shipping and Marine Branch) the bulk of the records consists of the official journals and log-books kept by the commanders of ships employed in the Company's service, a series which was maintained until the withdrawal of the Company's shipping monopoly in the early nineteenth century.

 L/MED: India Office: Medical Board Records c1920-1960

 

This collection of administrative files of the India Office Medical Board awaits detailed examination

 L/MIL: India Office: Military Department Records 1708-1959

 

The military records reflect and document the whole spectrum of military affairs both of the East India Company's armies and of the armies of the Government of India. These range from military policy, defence schemes and the organisation of army, navy and air force in India to the careers - appointments, pay, leave, promotions and pensions - of individual officers and soldiers in the Indian Army, the Indian Medical Service and the Royal Indian Navy. Medal rolls, prize and batta rolls, and soldiers' letters are included among the Military Department records, as are the records of soldiers' and cadets' entry into the military service in England before embarkation. The contents of the India Office Military Department Library of official publications are also included here. Associated with the Military Department records are the papers of the India Office War Staff (L/WS) organisation, which maintained its own files on military strategy, organisation, intelligence and supply. A catalogue has been published: A.J. Farrington, Guide to the Records of the India Office Military Department (London, 1982).

 L/PARL: India Office: Parliamentary Branch Records c1772-1952

 

The Parliamentary Branch of the Record Department (see L/R below) was established in 1899 to handle the preparation and recording of Parliamentary Papers concerned with India. The records also include a series of India Office answers to Parliamentary Questions.

 L/PO: Secretary of State for India: Private Office Papers 1858-1948

 

Papers relating to issues on which Secretaries of State acted personally were kept by the private secretaries and not registered in India Office departments. Increasingly after about 1904 Secretaries of State, on retirement or resignation, left such papers in the Private Office. The papers thus left concern major political and constitutional issues, including relations with princely state and foreign governments.

 L/PWD: India Office: Public Works Department Records 1839-1931

 

These records contain documentation on matters involving bridges, roads, canals, and irrigation, civil engineering, railways, telegraphs, wireless telegraphy and civil aviation, until that responsibility was devolved to Indian provincial governments. Thereafter the Public Works Department's remaining functions were transferred to the Economic and Overseas Department (see L/E above) and the Financial Department (see L/F above). The archives of the Indo-European Telegraph Department and of the Royal Indian Engineering College are kept with these records.

 L/P&J: India Office: Public and Judicial Department Records 1795-1950

 

The Public and Judicial Department records, similar in scope to those of the Home Department of the Government of India, are essential to the study of the domestic affairs of British India. The central core of material concerns constitutional, political and administrative structures and reforms, the administration of justice (especially courts and jails), and law and order (particularly the control of political opposition groups regarded as seditious). In 1941 the department merged with the Political (Internal) Department, concerned with Indian princely states, to form the new Political Department for the internal affairs of India.

 L/P&S: India Office: Political and Secret Department Records 1756-c1950

 

These records, similar in scope to those of the Foreign Department of the Government of India, form two main groupings: 'Internal' and 'External'. The 'Internal' series concern relations with the Indian princely states : the 'External' series concern India's foreign policy and frontier affairs, including relations with the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Russian Central Asia, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China, South-East Asia, and other Western powers. This distinction had early been present in the gradual assignment of princely states matters to the Political branch and of foreign affairs by the Secret branch in the old department, and formed the basis of the administrative division in 1931 into the Political (Internal) and Political (External) departments. The contents of the Political and Secret Department Library of official publications, and of the departmental reference collection of official Memoranda, are also included here. For the Political and Secret Department reference map collection see W below.

 L/R: India Office: Record Department Papers 1859-1959

 

These materials include the files of the Record Department, its predecessor Registry and Record Department, and (up to 1959) the India Office Library. The Record Department was responsible for ecclesiastical returns (see N below), for the receipt of Indian official publications (see V below) and maps (see X and Y below), for Parliamentary Papers, and for enquiries involving use of the records. As such it was the direct antecedent of the administration of the India Office Records. Between 1859 and 1880 the Record Department kept a series of telegrams to and from India in all departments.

 L/SUR: India Office: Surveyor's Office Records 1837-1934

 

Records relating to the construction and maintenance of East India Company and India Office buildings in England, chiefly in London but also including Addiscombe Military Seminary.

 L/S&G: India Office: Services and General Department Records c1920-c1970

 

The Services and General Department was created in 1924 primarily to centralise the handling of personnel and establishment questions previously divided among other departments. India Office Establishment Branch files and personal files of members of the Indian civil services serving in 1947 are also included. The department was responsible for the management of the Indian civil services and of the India Office establishment, and (among residual responsibilities) for general policy on archaeology, education, zoology and copyright.

L/WS: India Office: War Staff Papers 1921-1951

 

These papers are described and listed with Military Department Records (see L/MIL above).

 M: Burma Office Records 1932-1948

 

The Burma Office records cover all the administration operations of the Burma Office, as it was constituted in 1937, and include the files of the Burma Reforms Branch of the Public and Judicial Department preparing for separation from 1932 onwards. The Burma Office maintained an annual file series from 1937 to 1943 (with separate series of 'Private' and 'Intelligence' files), and developed subject departments with annual files sequences in 1946. A guide has been published: A. Griffin, A Brief Guide to Sources for the Study of Burma in the India Office Records (London, 1979).

 N: Returns of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1698-1969

 

Returns of baptisms, marriages and burials, relating mainly to European and Eurasian Christians in India, Burma and other areas administrated by the East India Company and the Government of India. The returns were transmitted by chaplains and ministers to the Government of India, and thence to the India Office, primarily for record purposes. Apart from the series for the three Indian presidencies (Bengal 1713-1948; Madras 1698-1948, and Bombay, 1709-1948), there are returns for St Helena (1767-1835), Fort Marlborough (1759-1825), Penang (1799-1829), Macao and Whampoa (1820-1833), Burma (1937-1957), India and Pakistan (1949-1968), Kuwait (1937-1961), and Aden (1840-1969). Copies of the contemporary indexes and microfilm of many of the registers may be consulted directly in the Reading Room. See also: India Office Records Family History.

 O: Biographical Series 1702-1948

 

Various series and compilations of a biographical nature, which do not fall into the main archive classes, are brought together here: bonds, agreements and warrants for civil servants and other residents in India; records relating to Europeans in India; and "personal records" compilations made at East India House. A guide to biographical records throughout the India Office Records has been published: I.A. Baxter, India Office Library and Records: A Brief Guide to Biographical Sources (London, 1979; second edition, 1990).

 P: Proceedings and Consultations 1702-1945

 

Bound copies of some of the main records of the central and provincial governments in India were routinely sent ot London for the information of the East India Company and the India Office. Before 1860 these records were usually known as 'Consultations' and mostly comprise manuscript copies of the correspondence, minutes and resolutions of the governments concerned. From 1860 onwards the Proceedings are mainly printed copies of the official business of Government departments, and include papers on the more important administrative measures only. After 1921 Proceedings gradually ceased to be routinely transmitted to London. For each government the list of proceedings is arranged by department or branch, and then chronologically. The list is in twelve parts: 1 Introduction; 2 Bengal; 3 India; 4 Madras; 5 Bombay; 6 United Provinces; 7 Punjab; 8 Assam; 9 Bihar and Orissa; 10 Central Provinces; 11 Burma; 12 Other Administrations.

 Q: Commission, Committee and Conference Records c1895-1947

 

Papers of special investigating or deliberative bodies mostly working in India or Britain, deposited in the India Office by the authorities concerned. Chiefly unpublished proceedings and minutes of evidence, the records also include papers of official participants in international conferences. Among bodies represented are the Indian Statutory Commission, the Indian Round Table Conferences and the Indian Franchise Committee.

R: Records received in London and incorporated in India Office Records

 

Records of related or subsidiary bodies, received in London by the India Office and its successors through official channels, and incorporated in the India Office Records.

R/1: India: Crown Representative: Political Department Indian States Records 1880-1947
R/2: India: Crown Representative: Indian States Residencies Records c1789-1947
R/3: India: Viceroy's Private Office Papers and other Government Records 1899-1948
R/4: India: British High Commission Cemetery Records c1870-1967
R/5: Nepal: Kathmandu Residency Records c1792-1872
R/8: Burma: Records of the Governor's Office 1942-1947
R/9: Malaya: Malacca Orphan Chamber and Council of Justice Records c1685-1835
R/10: China: Canton Factory Records 1623-1841
R/12: Afghanistan: Kabul Legation Records 1923-1948
R/15: Gulf States: Records of the Bushire, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat and Trucial States Agencies 1763-1951
R/19: Egypt: Records of the Cairo, Alexandria and Suez Agencies 1832-1870
R/20: Aden: Records of the British Administrations in Aden 1837-1967

 R/1: India: Crown Representative: Political Department Indian States Records 1880-1947

 

This collection was transferred to the British High Commission in New Delhi, and then to the Commonwealth Relations Office, in 1947 and 1948. It consists of secret files on Indian State matters, selected from Political Department records in India concerning paramountcy (the special authority exercised by the Viceroy as 'His Majesty's Representative for the Exercise of the Functions of the Crown in its Relations with Indian States'), the affairs of particular states and rulers, and honours and political service questions. The files contain correspondence with rulers, with central government officials ('Residents' and 'Political Agents') in Indian States, and with the India Office.

 R/2: India: Crown Representative: Indian States Residencies Records c1789-1947

 

These records, from the offices of Residents and Political Agents in Indian States, were transferred to London in the same process as the Political Department records (see R/1 above). They were selected on the same criteria, and include correspondence with state authorities, with the Political Department, and with provincial governments. The records are arranged by Residencies and Political Agencies: Baroda and Gujarat States; Central India; Eastern States; Gwalior (with Rampur and Benares); Hyderabad; Kashmir; Kolhapur and Deccan States; Madras States; Mysore; Punjab Hill States; Rajputana; and Western India States. Few series contain files earlier than 1880, although Mysore Commission records and Bombay Political Department records (for Kolhapur and Western India) date from c1800.

 R/3: India: Viceroy's Private Office Papers and other Government Records 1899-1948

 

Various small collections received from India in the 1940s: Viceroy's Private Office files (1899-1948) on honours matters and political questions (including Gandhi and civil disobedience); and provincial government records (1932-1947), including Bengal Secretariat files on political affairs and some Punjab police files. A guide has been published for part of the collection: A.K. Jasbir Singh, Gandhi and Civil Disobedience: Documents in the India Office Records 1922-1946 (London, 1980).

 R/4: India: British High Commission Cemetery Records c1870-1967

 

A collection received from the British High Commission in New Delhi in 1972 and 1973, concerning the maintenance of cemeteries in India.

 R/5: Nepal: Kathmandu Residency Records c1792-1872

 

Four series of government and miscellaneous letter books of the Residency in Kathmandu, received in London in the 1950s.

 R/8: Burma: Records of the Governor's Office 1942-1947

 

A collections of files, received through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1969, relating to the Burma Government's wartime exile at Simla. The files were created in the offices of the Governor's Secretary and the Governor's Counsellor.

 R/9: Malaya: Malacca Orphan Chamber and Council of Justice Records c1685-1835

 

These records, donated to the India Office by the Government of Malaya in 1927, emanate from the administration of the Orphan Chamber (Weeskamer) and the Council of Justice (Raad van Justitie) in Malacca in the period 1785-1825, and are for the most part in Dutch. A list has been published: I.A. Baxter, 'Dutch Records from Malacca in the India Office Records', Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 56 (1983), pp. 105-133.

 R/10: China: Canton Factory Records 1623-1841

 

Records of the Company's supercargoes (superintendents of trade) at Canton and Macao, received through the Foreign Office in London in 1931.

 R/12: Afghanistan: Kabul Legation Records 1923-1948

 

Subject files from the records of the Kabul Legation, received through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1965 and 1975. A guide has been published: L.A. Hall, A Brief Guide to Sources for the Study of Afghanistan in the India Office Records (London, 1981).

 R/15: Gulf States: Records of the Bushire, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat and Trucial States Agencies 1763-1951

 

Letter books, files and compilations from the British Political Residencies in the Persian Gulf, received through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1957 and 1973. The records are from the residency at Bushire (1763-1948) and the agencies at Bahrain (1899-1951), Trucial Coast (1930-1951), Kuwait (1904-1949) and Muscat (1867-1951). A large sub-series consists of records of the Political Agent's Court at Bahrain. A catalogue has been published: P.J. Tuson, The Records of the British Residency and Agencies in the Persian Gulf (London, 1979).

 R/19: Egypt: Records of the Cairo, Alexandria and Suez Agencies 1832-1870

 

Correspondence and accounts of the East India Company's shipping agents at Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. These records were deposited in the India Office in the late nineteenth century, and were at first included in Egypt and Red Sea factory records (see G above).

 R/20: Aden: Records of the British Administrations in Aden 1837-1967

 

Records of the successive British administrations in Aden: the Political Residency under the Bombay Government (1839-1932); the Chief Commissionership under the Government of India (1932-1937); the British Crown Colony (1937-1963); and the British High Commission (1963-1967). The records, received from the Foreign Office in 1966 and 1967, consist of general administrative correspondence and files, and include records transferred from Bombay to Aden and records accumulating in the Mukalla Residency. The collection also includes the High Commission library, and the Aden Records map collection (see W below).

 S: Linguistic Survey of India Records c1900-c1930

 

Includes correspondence files and research data of Sir George Grierson, Superintendent of the Linguistic Survey from 1898 to1902.

 V: India Office Records Official Publications Series c1760-1957

 

The India Office archive collection of British Indian central and provincial government publications, maintained by the Record Department (see L/R above) until 1947. The collection also includes India Office reference sets of British statutes, parliamentary journals, debates and papers, and other British publications relating to Indian affairs.

Deposit of Pre-Independence Indian Official Publications from the British Library at the University of Chicago Library.

Accessing Pre-Independence Indian Official Publications at the British Library

University of Chicago Library Official Publications of India

South Asia through Official Eyes - Mapping the national collection of South Asian Official Publications, a joint project hosted by the Bodleian Library.

 W, X & Y: India Office Records Map Collections c1700-c1960

 

India Office Maps

The 'W' class designates maps from other classes in the records and chiefly consists of maps associated with volumes and files in India Office Departmental Papers series. With these are kept the Political and Secret Department separate map collection (W/LPS), and the Aden Records map collection (W/R20). The 'X' class is the India Office reference collection of maps, maintained by the Geographical Department and, after 1884, by the Record Department (see L/R above). The collection includes manuscript and printed maps, plans, charts, drawings, atlases and geographical memoirs, relating to India and adjacent countries, and to East India Company shipping routes. The 'Y' class is an extension of the 'X' class and accommodates the India Office Record Department archive sets of topographical and small-scale map series, produced chiefly by the Survey of India in line with the recommendations of the 1904-05 Indian Survey Committee.

 Z: Original Registers and Indexes to Records Series c1700-1950

 

Separately bound indexes and registers bear the prefix letter 'Z' followed by the letter of the class to which they relate. The contemporary indexes for each class are also included in the Summary List of records for that class.

 

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