The archives of the principal secretaries of state of Elizabeth I, as they survived in official custody.
Documents similar to those in SP 12 but too large to be bound into the standard volumes. Many of the parchment records are private, relating to land and property (leases, sales, accounts, rentrolls, etc). The dean and chapter of St Paul's appear regularly, and there is some material relating to estates inherited as a minor by Edward Russell, Earl of Bedford. Official papers relating to defence are also frequent. Other items of more than private significance include papers on Archbishop John Whitgift's reforms of the ecclesiastical courts in 1587.
The records include a few items from the reigns of Edward VI, Mary and James I, as well as some Border Papers and documents from the Channel Islands.