Catalogue description Dominions Office and Commonwealth Relations Office: Private Office Papers

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Details of DO 121
Reference: DO 121
Title: Dominions Office and Commonwealth Relations Office: Private Office Papers

This series contains private office papers. These unregistered files cover a wide range of subjects including correspondence with British Government representatives overseas, records of meetings held by the Secretary of State, minutes to the Prime Minister, and papers about the appointment of British Government representatives in Commonwealth countries. The series includes a distinct collection of papers of Sir Eric Machtig, permanent under-secretary of state, 1940-1948.

There is an account of the Ottawa Conference 1932, and a file on the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Canada and the USA in 1939. Files dating from after the Second World War include a number relating to Central Africa and the formation of the Central African Federation, and some on Bechuanaland and the Khama family.

Date: 1911-1969

Up to piece 224, the files are in groups, with general subjects first, followed by the Commonwealth countries in alphabetical order. Thereafter the files are arranged by the former private office file number.

Related material:

For related papers on Central African subjects see:

CO 952

CO 1015

For later private office files see: FCO 73

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 274 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1972 Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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