Foreign and Commonwealth Office and predecessors: Library and Records Department and predecessors: Registered Files (CL, L and LR Series)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office and predecessors: Library and Records Department and predecessors: Registered Files (CL, L and LR Series)

This series consists of the administrative records of the Library Department of the Commonwealth Office, the Library of the Foreign Office, and their successor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Libraries and the Library and Records Department.


Arrangement is by former file reference within annual file cycles: the first cycle of Commonwealth Office and Foreign Office files covers January 1967 to October 1968, and the first cycle of Foreign and Commonwealth Office files covers October 1968 to December 1969. Thereafter the file cycles are annual.

Related Material:
For earlier Commonwealth Office (and predecessor Commonwealth Relations Office) Library Department records see:
DO 191
DO 192
For earlier Foreign Office Library records see FO 370
Separated Material:
Records of the India Office Library and Records Section are now held in the Oriental and Indian Office Collection, British Library.
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   CL, L and LR file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Commonwealth Office, Library Department, 1967-1968
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Libraries, 1968-1969
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Library and Records Department, 1969-1999
Foreign Office, Library, 1959-1968
Physical description:
260 file(s)
Access conditions:
Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1999
Series is accruing annually.
Administrative / biographical background:

These departments dealt with the provision of library services, the distribution of publications to overseas posts, and the preparation of the Commonwealth Office Year Book and Foreign Office List to October 1968, and the Diplomatic Service Year Book from October 1968. Records management services were taken over from the Diplomatic Service Administration Office in October 1968, and the Department was subsequently responsible for translation services.

The India Office Library and Records Section, inherited from the Commonwealth Office, was not absorbed into the FCO Library, and continued as a separate section of the FCO until it was transferred to the British Museum in 1982, at which time its records were deposited with the British Library Board.

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