For the historian this is an incredible set of primary source documents. They are a window to Britain’s colonial past covering subjects such as slavery, railways, expeditions, diplomatic relations and war, from Abyssinia to Zanzibar. For Americanists, a search on 'United States' brings back nearly 800 records.
The index, ‘List of Confidential Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs’ (No. 10330, covers no.1-10,000) has been transcribed into a database. The index was arranged alphabetically by country, and the documents listed roughly in date order.
- search for documents with maps by entering map in the subject box
- search by jurisdiction, date and document number
- do a keyword search in the subject box
- email results in a spreadsheet format.
We do not have a complete set of documents at Oxford, so the search will return
- whether we have the document or not
- how many pages it has
- whether it has any illustrations or maps.
Records for 10,001-10,600 are in the process of being added to the database.
The collection is kept in the Official Papers reading room but is not on open shelf. Staff will be happy to fetch documents on request.