Foreign and Commonwealth Office: West African Department: Registered Files (JW Series)
|Title:||Foreign and Commonwealth Office: West African Department: Registered Files (JW Series)|
This series contains records relating to the United Kingdom's relations with Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville (from 1968 the Republic of Congo), Dahomey, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Portuguese Guinea, Sao Tome, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spanish (from 1968 Equatorial) Guinea, Spanish Sahara, Togo, and Upper Volta.
For earlier Commonwealth Office records for the West and General Africa Department see DO 216
For earlier Commonwealth Office records for the West and East Africa Economic Department see DO 221
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Former reference in its original department:||JW file series|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Physical description:||2897 file(s)|
|Access conditions:||Open unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1999
|Accruals:||Series is accruing annually.|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The West African Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was formed in October 1968 by a merger of parts of the former Foreign Office's West and Central African Department and the Commonwealth Office's West and East Africa Economic Department and West and General Africa Department.
The department was responsible for United Kingdom relations with sub-Saharan west and central Africa north of the Congo and west of Sudan, though the territorial scope of the department changed at the margins over time. The department was also responsible for questions relating to Africa generally. In 1983 the department was renamed the Africa (Equatorial) Department, though its responsibilities were largely unaltered.