Catalogue description Colonial Office and predecessors: Gibraltar, Original Correspondence

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Reference: CO 91
Title: Colonial Office and predecessors: Gibraltar, Original Correspondence

This series contains original correspondence relating to Gibraltar.

Date: 1705-1951

Bound volumes arranged chronologically within the following subject headings: Despatches (letters of the Governors), Offices (letters of government departments and other organisations), and Individuals (arranged alphabetically). With some case volumes. Each volume with a contents list, or a précis of each letter giving name of correspondent, date of letter and subject matter. From 1926 correspondence is arranged in subject files.

Related material:

For corrrespondence after 1951 see CO 926

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 545 files and volumes
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Unpublished finding aids:

For registers of this correspondence see CO 326 before 1850, CO 342 after 1850. For indexed précis of correspondence see CO 714.

Administrative / biographical background:

Gibraltar was captured from Spain in 1704 and formally ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Work began in 1894 to convert Gibraltar into a naval base. Legislative and executive authority was vested in the governor until 1922, when an executive council was appointed. In 1940 the entire civilian population was avacuated to Britain, returning between 1944 and 1951.

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