Catalogue description Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Registered Files
|Title:||Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence: Registered Files|
Files of registered correspondence of the Air Ministry, including records which originated in the War Office, the Admiralty and the two Air Boards which preceded the Air Ministry.
The series comprises policy, case, committee and miscellaneous papers and reports over the whole range of British air administration and related topics.
With the unification of the Ministry of Defence in 1964, the Air Ministry became the Air Department of the Ministry of Defence, its registered files are generally to be found thereafter in DEFE 71, but there is some overlap with this series.
Records within this series are available to download as digital microfilm.
In the original, typescript, catalogue, the files now in AIR 2/1-13508 were listed under subject headings. Two slightly different sets of subjects (the earlier 'Code A' and the later 'Code B') were used; the two overlap in date during the 1930s.
In the online catalogue, the catalogue entries have been combined, so that there is one catalogue entry for each file.
From AIR 2/13509 onwards, subject heading were not used; most of these files in this fourth sequence were registered after 1953 but a few are earlier in date. Again, each file is a separately orderable piece.
Excluded from this series are a large number of important papers collected for use in the official history of the Department. These have been kept separate by the Historical Branch of the Air Ministry and have been placed in:
Records of MOD(Air) department branches DEFE 71
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Admiralty, Air Department, 1910-1918
Air Board, 1916-1918
Air Ministry, 1918-1964
Ministry of Defence, 1947-
War Office, 1857-1964
|Physical description:||20594 file(s)|
|Access conditions:||Available in digital format unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
From 1978 Ministry of Defence
|Accruals:||Series is accruing|
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