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I. The British empire I 'Informal' empire 5 'Miscellaneous islands' 6 Decolonisation 8 2. Colonial government structure and relations with London I1 Colonies, dominions, protectorates and mandated territories I I Colonies II Dominions 12 Protectorates 13 Mandated territories 15 The colonial government 15 The governor I 5 The legislature 16 The executive 17 Judicial establishment 19 Defence 20 Ecclesiastical establishment 21 The relationship between the Colonial Office and the colonies 21 3. Records of colonial governments 23 4. Administration of British colonial affairs before i80o: the organisation in London 25 The Privy Council and the Board of Trade 25 The secretaries of state 25 Records of the secretaries of state and the Board of Trade 26 Published finding aids 27 Original finding aids 28 5. Administration of the colonies from ISoI 35 War and Colonial Department 35 Establishment of the Colonial Office 36 1907: Dominions Division and Crown Colonies Division 38 Mandated territories 39 Subject departments 39 Specialist advisers and advisory committees 41 The Dominions Office 43 Department of Technical Co-operation and successors 45 Central African Office 46 Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office 46 6. The records of the Colonial Office 49 Original correspondence 50 What does the original correspondence contain? 52 How the correspondence is arranged 54 'Case' volumes 71 Entry books 71 Finding aids 72 Registration of correspondence before I 849 72 Indexes 73 Pr6cis books 77 Registration of original correspondence 1849-1925 82 Indexed registers 88 Registers of non-registered letters 88 How to find the 'original correspondence' 88 Cross-references in the registers of correspondence 92 Confidential and secret correspondence 95 Printing of correspondence 96 Destroyed papers 99 Circular despatches 99 Original correspondence 1927- 5 and its registration Ioo File numbers Ioo Arrangement of files IoI File covers 101 Registers of correspondence Io0 When do you need to use the registers? 1o4 Secret registers o06 Re-organisation of the Colonial Office in the zoth century and its effects on the arrangement of the records Io6 The Dominions Division Io6 Subject departments 1o7 Advisory committees 107 Advisers Io8 Geographically arranged correspondence series after 1951 Io8 Some abbreviations used in the registers of correspondence I10 Printed and statistical material provided by the colonial governments II Acts, ordinances and proclamations 112 UK legislation enacted for the colonies or including the colonies I15 Sessional papers 116 Government gazettes I 8 'Miscellanea' 121 Blue books of statistics 122 Shipping returns 124 Newspapers 124 Returns of stipendiary magistrates 126 7. Records of the Dominions Office and Commonwealth Relations Office 127 8. Records of the Commonwealth Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 133 9. Private papers and private office papers relating to colonial affairs held in the records of the Colonial Office and of other government departments 135 Io. Maps and plans 137 International boundaries 139 Directorate of Overseas Surveys 143 S1. Records of other government departments 145 Admiralty 146 Board of Trade 147 British Council 147 The Cabinet Office 147 Central Office of Information 149 Civil Service Commission 150 Crown agents 150 Empire Marketing Board 151 Foreign Office I53 Home Office 154 Intelligence agencies 157 Special Branch 157 Security Service (MI5) 160 Ministry of Defence 16o Prime Minister's Office 161 Privy Council 161 Treasury 163 War Office 163 Appendix i: Records relating to individual dependencies and regions 169 Appendix 2: Records arranged by subject 297 Appendix 3: Newspapers 323 Appendix 4: The Colonial Office List 329 Appendix 5: Rules for the conduct of correspondence between governors and the Colonial Office 333 Appendix 6: File registration numbers 343 Appendix 7: Specimen search 349 Appendix 8: Sources for biography and family history 359 Appendix 9: Access to the records and use of online catalogues 367 Bibliography 373