Catalogue description Board of Trade: General In-letters and Files

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Details of BT 1
Reference: BT 1
Title: Board of Trade: General In-letters and Files

This series contains the great majority of in-letters and papers received by the Board of Trade and files of the Commercial Department.

Date: 1791-1863

From BT 1/358 onwards the date given in the list of the series refers to the date of minuting, not of writing or despatch.

The in-letters and papers of the Board of Trade each bear a letter and number by which it is referred to in the minutes in BT 5.

The minutes up to 1839 are marked with red letters and numbers against each item, which refer to the volumes and item numbers in the series. Each volume of minutes has a subject index at the end, and from 1791 to 1839 the minutes used with their indexes are the easiest means of reference.

The bound volumes of papers in this series are marked not only with their modern call numbers but with the original bundle numbers as well, running from A1 to Z1, A2 to Z2 and so on. Through each volume the papers are numbered in order in red ink. These bundle and paper numbers can be used to trace an individual paper from the Minute Books, which mark the relevant paper numbers against items of business.

Separated material:

Plans and maps extracted from this series are in BT 9

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Board of Trade, 1786-1970

Physical description: 569 boxes and volumes
Selection and destruction information: The in-letters are complete from 1791 to 1845. From that date onward they have been heavily weeded.
Unpublished finding aids:

There is a general index in BT 4 . There is a subject index in BT 19.

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