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India Office Records and Private Papers

The India Office Records are the repository of the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784-1858), the India Office (1858-1947), the Burma Office (1937-1948), and a number of related British agencies overseas.

The focus of the India Office Records is in the territories now included in India, Pakistan, Burma and Bangladesh and their administration before 1947.  The Records also include source materials for neighbouring or connected areas at different times, covering not only South Asia, but also Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. The official archives of the India Office Records are complemented by over 300 collections and over 3000 smaller deposits of private papers relating to the British experience in India.

The India Office Records are administered by The British Library as part of the Public Records of the United Kingdom, and are open for public consultation.

The majority of the India Office Records are described on Search Our Catalogue Archives and Manuscripts.

Arms of the United Company of Merchants Trading to the East Indies

Arms of the United Company of Merchants Trading to the East Indies © The British Library Board

Genealogical sources

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Educational sources

Further Information

The India Office Records may be consulted in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room where the services and facilities of the Reading Room are available to researchers.

Contact

E-mail: ior@bl.uk