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Treasury: Treasury Board Papers and In-Letters

Original correspondence of the Board of Treasury and of letters to the Treasury together with reports and draft minutes.

The Board sat to decide on royal finances and the organisation of the Treasury and other governmental bodies, matters affecting the colonies, including Australia, New Zealand and America, as well as domestic issues. Minutes of the Treasury Board are present in T 1 although the main and expanded minutes are in series T 29 and T 99.

There are a number of unregistered papers amongst the collection.

PLEASE NOTE: A selection of records within this series are available to download free of charge as part of the Digital Microfilm project.

Date: 1557-1946

Records are arranged as volumes of correspondence, loose bundles and files.

Around the time of the introduction of the Public Records Act 1838 an attempt was made to put some papers into a subject order: these are known as the Long Bundles.

Each application received was usually given a number followed by a year (eg 21/86 for the 21st paper received in 1886) and this reference was incorporated (in most cases) into later file numbers when further applications were received. The vast majority of 19th and early 20th century records are not individually listed under T 1: the list gives only the first and last file numbers in the boxes. To find a particular document, consult the Calendar of Treasury Books, Calendar of Treasury Papers or Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers and from 1746 the Register of Papers (T 2) or Subject Registers (T 108) to find the original document references. These references should then be checked in the Skeleton Registers (T 3) to see if the document has survived. The Calendars and Subject Registers can be found in the reading rooms at the National Archives, Kew. The other registers need to be ordered as original documents. If the document survives, the references can be matched up with the T 1 packing lists to obtain the piece reference that can then be used to order the document. Note that not all the documents listed in the registers and indexes in T 2 and T 108 have survived.

Between T 1/3238 and 5631 the majority of descriptions available online are inaccurate as they show a range of file numbers which may not exist as they were either incorporated into later T 1 records, destroyed or sent to Treasury officials at the time.

Related Material: Letters sent by Treasury to applicants before the Board can be found in the various overlapping out-letter books until the 1870s when formal copies were made available for the files now in T 1. For registers see:
For other papers not recorded in the calendars of Treasury books, 1599 to 1800, see T 98
For subject indexes see T 108
For Treasury arrangement books see T 197
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Physical description: 12627 boxes, bundles and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition: Treasury
Selection and destruction information: Most of the records (except those that went missing) were preserved, with the exception of those records which were of short-term use, mainly accounting records including vouchers, as defined in the Destruction Schedules to the Public Records Act 1877.
Publication note: Treasury Board: Letters and Papers, 1557-1920 Go to our research guidance
Administrative / biographical background:

This collection of papers dates from before the Treasury was first put into commission in the 17th century to beyond the date when the Treasury Board last sat to decide on applications before it. The Treasury Board consisted of the senior members of government (the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer) and was attended by the reigning Royal monarch until the reign of Queen Anne.

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