Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: American and Latin American Departments: Registered Files (A and AL Series)
|Title:||Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: American and Latin American Departments: Registered Files (A and AL Series)|
This series contains records of the Foreign Office American Department, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Latin American Department, American Department and Latin America Department dealing with relations with countries and international organisations in the Americas.
Arrangement is by former file reference within annual file cycles (the first two cycles running from January 1967 to October 1968, and October 1968 to December 1969).
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Former reference in its original department:||A and AL file series|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, American Department, 1969-1971
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Latin America Department, 1971-1977
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Latin American Department, 1968-1969
Foreign Office, American Department, 1950-1968
|Physical description:||6475 files and volumes|
|Access conditions:||Open unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
Foreign and Commonwealth Office , from 1998
|Accruals:||Series is accruing|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The United Kingdom's relations with foreign countries and international organisations in the Americas were handled by the American Department until the creation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, when responsibility was split between two new departments. Relations with independent central and south American states, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic were handled by the Latin American Department, while relations with the United States of America, Puerto Rico, and Dutch and French colonial territories in the Americas passed to the North American and Caribbean Department.
This arrangement lasted until June 1969, when an American Department was reconstituted in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to handle the responsibilities of the former Latin American Department and the United States of America, Puerto Rico and Canada. In 1971 this arrangement was undone, and separate Latin America and North America Departments were again constituted.