Records assembled by the State Paper Office, including papers of the Secretaries of State up to 1782

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Records assembled by the State Paper Office, including papers of the Secretaries of State up to 1782

Records of the secretaries of state as organised by the State Paper Office.

State papers are arranged into geographical catagories (domestic (ie England and Wales), Scotland, Ireland and foreign) within which there are usually series by reign or place. There are also series of printed gazettes, pamphelts, maps and catalogues.

The papers mainly date from the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547) to 1782.

SP 72, SP 73 and SP 74 are numbers not used.

Date: 1231-c1888

Separated Material: Papers of secretaries of state and other minister were supposed to be delivered on death or resignation to the Keeper of State Papers, but they were frequently retained. A large mass of papers appears to have been kept by the secretaries of Lord Burghley, which are now preserved in the library of Hatfield House and in the Lansdowne collection at the British Library. Other extensive collections of scattered papers were made by Sir Robert Cotton and by Robert Harley in the seventeenth century, which are now also in the British Library. Stray state papers will be found in great numbers in university libraries, private collections and in the Lambeth Palace Library.
The colonial papers formerly in the State Paper Office were amalgamated with the records of the Colonial Office: CO
Some court rolls formerly among the state papers are now in SC 2
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Creator: Secretaries of State, 1782
State Paper Office, 1610-1854

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