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India Office Records: further reading on the East India Company and India Office

A list of published material to assist the users of the India Office Records. Copies of all the books, articles and typescripts in this list are available in the Asian & African Studies Reading Room either on the open-access reference shelves or through Explore the British Library

Guides, catalogues and lists

M.I. Moir, A General Guide to the India Office Records (London, 1988)

S.C. Hill, Catalogue of the Home Miscellaneous Series of the India Office Records (London, 1927)

R. Axelby, R. Nair and A. S. Cook, Science and the changing environment in India, 1780-1920: a guide to sources in the India Office Records (London: The British Library, 2010)

C. Pickett, Bibliography of the East India Company: books, pamphlets and other materials printed between 1600 and 1785 (London: The British Library, 2011)

A.J. Farrington, The Records of the East India College, Haileybury, and other institutions (London, 1976)

A.J. Farrington, Guide to the Records of the India Office Military Department (London, 1982)

P.J. Tuson, The Records of the British Residency and Agencies in the Persian Gulf (London, 1979)

I.A. Baxter, India Office Library and Records: A Brief Guide to Biographical Sources (London, 1979; second edition 1990)

A. Griffin, A Brief Guide to Sources for the Study of Burma in the India Office Records (London, 1979)

L.A. Hall, A Brief Guide to Sources for the Study of Afghanistan in the India Office Records (London, 1981)

A.K. Jasbir Singh, Gandhi and Civil Disobedience: Documents in the India Office Records 1922-1946 (London, 1980)

A.K. Jasbir Singh, A Guide to Source Materials in the India Office Library and Records for the history of Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan, 1765-1950 (London, 1988)

M.I. Moir, A Study of the History and Organisation of the Political and Secret Departments of the East India Company, the Board of Control and the India Office, 1784-1919, with a Summary List of Records, Diploma in Archive Administration, University of London, 1966

R.E. Seton, The Indian 'Mutiny' 1857-58: A Guide to Source Material in the India Office Library and Records (London, 1986)

J.M. Sims, A List and Index of Parliamentary Papers relating to India 1908-1947 (London, 1981)

T.N. Thomas, Indians Overseas: A Guide to Source Materials in the India Office Records for the Study of Indian Emigration, 1830-1950 (London, 1985)

P.J. Tuson, Sources for Middle East Studies in the India Office Records (London, 1982; second edition 1984)

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.J. Bingle, 'The Resources for the Study of the Indian Ocean Region in the India Office Library and Records', India Office Library and Records Report for 1981 (London, 1982), pp. 6-23

M.I. Moir, 'Archival Materials for the History of Sind prior to British Annexation available in the India Office Records and the European Manuscripts Section of the India Office Library', typescript, 1975

M.I. Moir, 'Archival Materials in the London Records of the East India Company and of the India Office relating to Southeast Asia', Southeast Asian Archives, vol. 2 (1969), pp. 68-81

P.J. Tuson, 'Archive Sources for Arabian and Gulf Studies in the India Office Records', typescript, 1977 (Arabic version in Journal of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies, vol. 4 (1978), pp. 95-110

M Makepeace, Sources for London history at the India Office Library and Records, London Topographical Record vol xxvi (1990)

The arrangement of the records is summarised in two general guides:

J.D. Pearson, A Guide to Manuscripts and Documents in the British Isles relating to South and South-East Asia, 2 vols. (London, 1989), vol. i, pp. 1-53: 'India Office Library and Records: Official Records'.

R.C. Alston, Handlist of Unpublished Finding Aids to the London Collections of the British Library (London, 1991), pp. 71-130 ('India Office Records').

The following older guides also contain useful information:

J.C. Lancaster, A Guide to Lists and Catalogues of the India Office Records (London, 1966)

J.C. Lancaster, 'The India Office Records', Archivum, vol. 15 (1965), pp. 293-302 (reprinted in Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association, vol. 43 (1970), pp. 130-141

W. Foster, A Guide to the India Office Records 1600-1858 (London, 1919)

F.C. Danvers, Report to the Secretary of State for India in Council on the Records of the India Office: Records relating to Agencies, Factories, and Settlements not now under the Administration of the Government of India (London, 1888)

F.C. Danvers, Report on the India Office Records relating to Persia and the Persian Gulf [London, 1889]

G.C.M. Birdwood, Report on the Old Records of the India Office, with Supplementary Note and Appendices (London, 1890)

Other guides, catalogues and lists, relevant to particular classes of records, are noted in the Summary Lists for those classes (see Arrangement of the Records and List of Classes).

Calendars and transcripts

H. Stevens, The Dawn of British Trade to the East Indies as recorded in the Court Minutes of the East India Company 1599-1603 (London, 1886)

W.N. Sainsbury, Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series: vol. i, East Indies, China and Japan, 1513-1616 (London, 1862)
vol. ii, East Indies, China and Japan, 1617-1621 (London, 1870)
vol. iii, East Indies, China and Japan, 1622-1624 (London, 1878)
vol. iv, East Indies, China and Persia, 1625-1629 (London, 1884)
vol. v, East Indies and Persia, 1630-1634 (London, 1892)

E.B. Sainsbury, A Calendar of the Court Minutes etc. of the East India Company 1635-1639 [to] 1677-1679, 11 vols. (Oxford, 1907-1938)

G.C.M. Birdwood and W. Foster, The Register of Letters etc. of the Governour and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies, 1600-1619 (London, 1893)

F.C. Danvers and W. Foster, Letters Received by the East India Company from its Servants in the East ... 1602-1613 [to] 1617, 6 vols. (London, 1896-1902)

W. Foster, The English Factories in India 1618-1621 [to] 1668-1669, 13 vols. (Oxford, 1906-1927)

C.G.H. Fawcett, The English Factories in India 1670-1677 [to] 1678-1684, new series, 4 vols. (Oxford, 1936-1955)

A.J. Farrington, The English Factory in Japan, 1613-1623, 2 vols. (London, 1991)

A.J. Farrington, The English Factory in Taiwan, 1670-1685 (Taipei: National Taiwan University, 1995)

A.J. Farrington and D.N. Pombejra, The English Factory in Siam, 1612-1685 (London: The British Library, 2007)

M Makepeace Trade on the Guinea Coast 1657-1666: the correspondence of the English East India Company (University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1991)

V Baladouni & M Makepeace, (eds.), Armenian Merchants of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries: English East India Company sources (Philadelphia, 1998)

W. Foster, A Supplementary Calendar of Documents in the India Office relating to India or to the home affairs of the East India Company, 1600-1640 (London, 1928)

P.N.S. Mansergh, The Transfer of Power, 1942-7: Constitutional Relations between Britain and India, 12 vols. (London, 1970-1983)

H.R. Tinker, Burma: The Struggle for Independence, 1944-1948: Constitutional Relations between Britain and Burma, 2 vols. (London, 1983-1984)

J. Ashtiany, The Arabic Documents in the Archives of the British Political Agency in Kuwait, 1904-1949 (London, 1982)

Historical studies

P. Auber, An Analysis of the Constitution of the the East India Company (London, 1826). Supplement (London, 1828).

A.J. Farrington, Trading Places: the East India Company and Asia, 1600-1834 (London, BL, 2002)

W. Foster, John Company (London, 1926)

J. Keay, The Honourable Company: A History of the English East India Company (London, 1991)

H.V. Bowen, Revenue and Reform: the Indian Problem in British Politics 1757-1773 (Cambridge, 1991)

H.V. Bowen, The Business of Empire: the East India Company and Imperial Britain, 1756-1833 (Cambridge, 2006)

P. Lawson, The East India Company: A History (London, 1993)

W. Foster, England's Quest of Eastern Trade (London, 1933)

K.N. Chaudhuri, The English East India Company: The Study of an Early Joint Stock Company, 1600-1640 (London, 1965)

K.N. Chaudhuri, The Trading World of Asia and the English East India Company, 1600-1760 (Cambridge, 1978)

M. Makepeace, 'English Traders on the Guinea Coast, 1657-1668: An analysis of the East India Company Archive', History in Africa 16 (1989)

M. Makepeace, The East India Company's London Workers: Management of the Warehouse Labourers, 1800-1858 (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2010)

J. Sutton, Lords of the East: The East India Company and its Ships (London, 1981)

J. Sutton, The East India Company's Maritime Service 1746-1834: Masters of the Eastern Seas (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2010)

W. Foster, The East India House: Its History and Associations (London, 1924)

R.G.C. Desmond, The India Museum, 1801-1879 (London, 1982)

L.S. Sutherland, The East India Company in Eighteenth-Century Politics (Oxford, 1952)

P.J. Marshall, Problems of Empire: Britain and India 1757-1813 (London, 1968)

B.B. Misra, The Central Administration of the East India Company, 1773-1834 (Manchester, 1959)

C.H. Philips, The East India Company, 1784-1834 (Manchester, 1940; second edition, Oxford, 1961)

M.I. Moir, 'The Examiner's Office: The Emergence of an Administrative Elite in East India House (1804-1858)', India Office Library and Records Report for 1977 (London, 1979), pp. 25-42

M.I. Moir, 'The Examiner's Office and the Drafting of East India Company Despatches', in K. Ballhatchet and J. Harrison, East India Company Studies: Papers Presented to Professor Sir Cyril Philips (Hong Kong, 1986), pp. 123-152

M.C.C. Seton, The India Office (London, 1926)

D. Williams, The India Office, 1858-1869 (Hoshiarpur, 1983)

A.P. Kaminsky, The India Office, 1880-1910 (London, 1986)

S.N. Singh, The Secretary of State for India and his Council (Delhi, 1962)

B.B. Misra, The Administrative History of India, 1834-1947: General Administration (Bombay, 1970)

B.B. Misra, The Bureaucracy in India: An Historical Analysis of Development up to 1947 (Delhi, 1977)

General guides

J.D. Pearson, South Asian Bibliography: A Handbook and Guide (Hassocks, 1979)

D.A. Low, J.C. Iltis and M.D. Wainwright, Government Archives in South Asia: A Guide to National and State Archives in Ceylon, India and Pakistan (Cambridge, 1969)

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