Dominions Office and Commonwealth Relations Office: Original Correspondence
This series contains general original correspondence of the Dominions Office. The series also includes earlier papers of a number of Commonwealth Relations Office series, including those which would otherwise be found in DO 156, DO 157, DO 158, DO , DO 160, DO 163, DO 164, DO 165 , DO 169, DO 170, DO 171, DO 174, DO 175, DO 176 and DO 182.
A small number of miscellaneous files, including some relating to the Hugh Lane Picture Collection, are included in this series.
From 1930-1936 registration was purely numerical, blocks of numbers being assigned in advance to different countries or subject; e.g. 4000 onwards to Constitutional Affairs, Imperial Conferences etc., 6000 onwards to Foreign Affairs, League of Nations etc.
On 1 January 1937 a modified form of the 1930-1936 registration system was introduced. From that date papers were registered in groups according to their subject matter, each group being indicated by a letter. The prefix letters were allocated as follows:-
- A. Aviation (Civil)
- C. Constitutional (including Imperial Conference, Coronation, Petitions to His Majesty).
- D. Defence (including Disarmament, Naval Conferences, Naval, Military and Air Force matters).
- E. Establishment (including Representatives in the Dominions of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom.)
- F. Foreign Affairs (including League of Nations, Non-Economic Treaties, Drugs).
- G. Geographical.
- H. Honours and Ceremonial (including Naval, Military and Air Force ceremonial matters).
- K. Consular and Diplomatic.
- M. Migration.
- N. Newfoundland.
- O. Inter-Imperial Trade Questions (including Research Bureaux and Dominion Financial questions).
- P. Passport and Nationality (including Aliens and Naturalisation cases).
- Q. Cables, Wireless and Broadcasting.
- R. Southern Rhodesia.
- S. Shipping.
- T. International Trade Questions.
- W. Polar.
- X. Irish Free State
- Y. Basutoland, Bechuanaland Protectorate and Swaziland.
- Z. Miscellaneous (including Copyright and Patents, Medical, Education, International Conferences and Exhibitions, Maintenance Orders, Repatriation and Deportation questions).
This procedure was further modified on 1 January 1947 when each subject group was renumbered from 2000. The same prefix letters were retained and the following list indicates the subject matter allocated to each file series:-
- A. Aviation and air passages
- B. Naval, Military and Air. (Personnel and Misc.)
- C. Constitutional
- D. Defence questions of policy etc.
- E. Establishment, mails, privileges etc.; U. K. and Dominion Trade Commrs. Service Dominion Govt. Appts. in the U.K.
- F. Foreign Affairs- Preparation of Treaties etc., Polar matters
- G. Dominion Internal affairs and Dom. Govt. Appointment with the Empire, other than U.K.
- H. Honours, Medals Ceremonial. Flags Loyal Messages.
- I. Prisoners of War, Internees etc.
- J. Dominion legislation; External Application
- K. Diplomatic and Consular Appointments (other than Eire)
- L. Application of Foreign Treaties, Agreements and Conventions to Dom. Govts. (other than Trade).
- M. Migration questions, rehabilitation in Doms. on demobn.
- N. Newfoundland
- O. Finance, Currency, Exchange control.
- P. Passports, Nationality and Aliens.
- Q. Communications, code and cypher questions
- R. Southern Rhodesia
- S. Shipping and sea passages
- T. Commercial relations, commodities etc.
- U. United Nations Organisation
- V. Information, cultural and educational; broadcasting and press.
- W. Whaling, Social Services, Conferences, Copyright.
- X. Eire. (Including Eire diplomatic appts.)
- Y. B. B. and S.
- Z. Miscellaneous.
The Dominions Office files for the years 1943-1946 were transferred to the Public Record Office in two stages. Those files originally classified as "secret" were listed following those which were not classified.
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