Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, Elizabeth I

SP 12
Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, Elizabeth I

The archives of the principal secretaries of state of Elizabeth I, as they survived in official custody. The papers are evidence of the great variety of business passing through the secretaries' office, and the presentation of the most important matters for consideration by Elizabeth I and the Privy Council. The series also includes items from outside the reign of Elizabeth I, where either the major part of the item referred to that reign, or the document in question was a later transcript of an Elizabethan document.

The series also contains many larger items of considerable significance including certificates of musters 1569-1573, Admiralty warrants, returns of aliens in London and Southwark in 1571, valuations of benefices throughout England and Wales in 1574, lists of justices of peace in liberi pacis, etc. Also includes some papers relating to the English/ Scottish border (originally in SP 59)

These State Paper Office documents were brought together in the nineteenth century for the purpose of publication in calendar form.


Most of the papers have been rearranged and rebound in chronological order.

Separated Material:
Many of the papers were removed and will now be found at Hatfield House, the British Library (Cotton MSS) and elsewhere.
Documents too large to be bound into the standard volumes are in SP 13
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
290 volume(s)
Access conditions:
Available in microform only
Publication note:
Most of the records are calendared in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Edward VI Mary and Elizabeth R Lemon and M A E Green eds (London 1856-1870). Please speak to staff at the Map and Large Document Room enquiry desk for the precise location.
Unpublished finding aids:
See also Secretaries of State: State Papers Domestic, Elizabeth I (formerly introductory note to SP 12)

Found an error? Suggest a correction to help improve our descriptions.

Suggest a correction for this record

Fields marked with * are mandatory.

Your details

If you provide your details, we will contact you within 10 working days if we cannot act on your suggestion

User Tags

Users have not yet tagged this record

  • You need to sign in to tag records. If you don't have an account please register.

User Collaboration

Use the form below to include your knowledge of this record. If your description includes any citable references, please add these to the "Citable References?" field on the right, remebering to seperate each reference with a comma, for example (FO 176/1/1, FO 178/2/1, and so on...)

Citable References?