Catalogue description Foreign Office: Confidential Print

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Title: Foreign Office: Confidential Print

Confidential Print consists of complete or extract copies of selected correspondence and other papers issued or received by the Foreign Office. Individual prints contain varying numbers of documents; ranging from single items to substantial compilations; which deal with the affairs of particular countries or subjects.

The following concern individual countries or regions: Abyssinia (Ethiopia) FO 401; Afghanistan FO 402; Africa FO 403; America FO 461; America Central and Caribbean FO 533; America North FO 414; America South and Central FO 420; America South, Other Countries FO 497; America, United States FO 462; Antarctica FO 463; Arabia FO 464; Asia Central FO 539; Austria FO 465; Belgium, Luxembourg FO 466; Borneo and Sulu FO 572; Brazil FO 467; British Commonwealth FO 468; Bulgaria FO 469; Burma FO 435; China FO 405; Czechoslovakia FO 470; Denmark FO 471; Eastern Affairs FO 406; Eastern Sanitary Reforms FO 542; Egypt / Sudan FO 407; European Affairs General FO 430; Europe Central FO 404; Europe Eastern, General FO 472; Europe SE FO 421; Europe Southern FO 434; Europe Western FO 425; Far Eastern Affairs FO 436; Finland FO 473; France FO 432; Germany FO 408; Greece FO 476; Hungary FO 477; Iceland FO 478; India, Pakistan, Ceylon FO 479; Indo-China FO 474; Indonesia FO 480; Iraq FO 481; Israel (Palestine) FO 492; Italy FO 482; Japan FO 410; Jordan FO 437; Korea FO 483; Lebanon FO 484; Liberia FO 485; Libya FO 540; Mexico FO 486; Middle East General FO 487; Morocco and NW Africa FO 413; Nepal FO 488; Netherlands FO 489; Northern Affairs FO 490; Norway FO 491; Pacific Islands FO 534; Persia (Iran) FO 416; Philippines FO 493; Poland FO 417; Polar Territorial Claims FO 429; Portugal FO 494; River Plate Countries FO 495; Romania FO 496; Russia / Soviet Union FO 418; Scandinavia / Baltic States FO 419; Siam / SE Asia FO 422; Spain FO 498; Suez Canal FO 423; Sweden FO 499; Switzerland FO 500; Syria FO 501; Tibet / Mongolia FO 535; Turkey FO 424; UAR (Egypt / Syria) FO 552; Vatican FO 503; Yugoslavia / Albania FO 504.

The following concern particular subjects: Contraband and Trading with the Enemy FO 551; Cultural Propaganda FO 431; Economic Affairs General FO 433; General Affairs FO 475; Inter-Imperial Relations FO 426; International Copyright FO 544; Law Officers Opinions FO 834; League of Nations FO 411; Miscellaneous FO 412; Opium FO 415; Slave Trade FO 541; Sugar Bounties FO 549; Territorial Waters FO 427; Traffic in Arms FO 428; UN FO 502; War General FO 438.

FO 881 consists of a virtually complete set of confidential prints.

Date: 1711-1960

The nature of these documents also varies considerably, although particular volumes generally contain some or all of the following types: dispatches from British diplomatic missions, Foreign Office instructions and memoranda, political, economic and other reports generated by diplomatic missions abroad, by the Foreign Office's own departments or by other departments of the British Government, proceedings of foreign legislative bodies and memoranda transmitted by foreign embassies in Britain, proceedings and resolutions of ambassadorial and other diplomatic conferences, protocols and ratified treaties, proceedings and reports of international bodies and reports from home and foreign news media relating to political affairs. Individual volumes are also divided into chapters on occasion, each chapter dealing with a specified topic or event.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 95 series
Administrative / biographical background:

Confidential print was intended for circulation internally within the Foreign Office and to the monarch, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, other government departments and diplomatic missions abroad and was printed for the convenience of users.

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