Foreign Office, Private Offices: Various Ministers' and Officials' Papers
This series consists of the Private Office papers of Secretaries of State between 1900 and 1935 and from 1938 (with one exception), and of many under Secretaries of State from 1886 to 1948, together with the private papers of many other senior officials and individuals concerned with foreign affairs. Additionally, there are miscellaneous papers relating to international conferences and to the conduct of foreign affairs between 1831 and 1960. The series also contains papers of Edward Heath while Lord Privy Seal with Foreign Office responsibilities for UK entry into the Common Market 1960-1963, and the papers of Sir Edward Malkin as the legal adviser to the Foreign Office.
The Private Office papers, which record correspondence between the Secretary of State and the Prime Minister, and between the Secretary of State, the under secretaries of state and all other ministers and senior officials - both at home and abroad - who needed to be kept informed, are fundamental to the conduct of foreign affairs.
FO 800 is part of the Digital Microfilm project.
The overall arrangement of the series is roughly chronological; within that, the arrangement follows the original order of the creator and may be chronological, or subject based
The Private Office of the Secretary of State, and the Private Offices of the under Secretaries of State, evolved with the formalisation of the Foreign Office from the end of the eighteenth century.
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