Catalogue description Public Record Office: General Correspondence

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Details of PRO 1
Reference: PRO 1
Title: Public Record Office: General Correspondence

This is the main series of Public Record Office correspondence, dealing with all the department's functions down to 1955, though there are one of two papers of later date. Matters dealt with include the transfer and deposit of records and their availability to the public; office publications, and domestic matters such as staffing and accommodation.

Between 1836 to 1838 the papers concern the administration of the record service prior to the establishment of the Public Record Office.

The series also contains a few papers of Lord Romilly and Lord Langdale as Masters of the Rolls, and of W H Black, an assistant keeper of the records from 1841 to 1853.

Date: 1819-1955

From 1836 to 1930 the arrangement is chronological; from 1931 by subject files.

Related material:

For later correspondence files see:

PRO 54

PRO 56

PRO 57

This series contains a single stray of the OE series more of which is in LRRO 36

Entries of in and out-letters 1838 to 1843 (Nos. 85 to 91) and 1852 to 1902 (Nos. 1-72) are in PRO 2

There are indexes to the series from 1838 to 1938 in PRO 34

Registers thereafter are in PRO 46

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 1657 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open

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