Admiralty: Historical Section: Records used for Official History, First World War

ADM 137
Admiralty: Historical Section: Records used for Official History, First World War

A collection of documents forming material for the official history of the First World War, arranged in three series, respectively from the Admiralty Secretariat, from commands and stations, and from Naval Staff. To them have been added other papers of varied origin, including War Diaries of the Royal Naval Division and papers of 'Room 40' (including copies of WirelessNews) and the Naval Intelligence Division and the Allied Naval Council (eg pieces 1663-1796).


The documents in this series were extracted from the Admiralty Record Office by the editors of the official histories and rearranged by them in a form which reflects the structure of those volumes.

Related Material:
For Wireless News, see also: ADM 233
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Board of Admiralty, Historical Section, 1919-1964
Physical description:
4837 files and volumes
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Unpublished finding aids:
An index to the series is available at the PRO. A 'key' is also available, which relates entries in the Admiralty Digest and Index of Correspondence (ADM 12) to the HS volume in which the papers have been bound up. These volume numbers are shown in the Scope and Content of the ADM 137 pieces.

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