Dominions Office and Commonwealth Relations Office: Original Correspondence
|Title:||Dominions Office and Commonwealth Relations Office: Original Correspondence|
This series contains general original correspondence of the Dominions Office. The series also includes earlier papers of a number of Commonwealth Relations Office series, including those which would otherwise be found in DO 156, DO 157, DO 158, DO , DO 160, DO 163, DO 164, DO 165 , DO 169, DO 170, DO 171, DO 174, DO 175, DO 176 and DO 182.
A small number of miscellaneous files, including some relating to the Hugh Lane Picture Collection, are included in this series.
From 1930-1936 registration was purely numerical, blocks of numbers being assigned in advance to different countries or subject; e.g. 4000 onwards to Constitutional Affairs, Imperial Conferences etc., 6000 onwards to Foreign Affairs, League of Nations etc.
On 1 January 1937 a modified form of the 1930-1936 registration system was introduced. From that date papers were registered in groups according to their subject matter, each group being indicated by a letter. The prefix letters were allocated as follows:-
This procedure was further modified on 1 January 1947 when each subject group was renumbered from 2000. The same prefix letters were retained and the following list indicates the subject matter allocated to each file series:-
The Dominions Office files for the years 1943-1946 were transferred to the Public Record Office in two stages. Those files originally classified as "secret" were listed following those which were not classified.
For earlier correspondence of the dominion departments of the Colonial Office, see CO 532
See Planning and Research Unit registered files in DO 193
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Physical description:||10921 files and volumes|
|Access conditions:||Open unless otherwise stated|
|Accruals:||No further accruals are expected.|