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Latest Issue of Strategika! The official archives of the India Office Records are complemented by deposits of private papers relating to the British experience in India. The 14 kilometres of shelves of volumes, files and boxes of papers, together with 70, volumes of official publications and , manuscript and printed maps, are public records comprising the archives of the East India Company , of the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India , of the India Office , of the Burma Office , and of a number of British agencies overseas which were officially linked with one or other of the four main bodies.
The India Office Records and Private Papers tell the story of trade with the east, politics, the development of empire and the road to Indian independence.
They record the history of Britain as trade and empire permeated our society and the movement of people connected different worlds. They encompass almost any subject imaginable, and record the many people whose lives were touched by the activities of the Company and the India Office. The central focus of the India Office Records is in the territories now included in India, Pakistan, Burma and Bangladesh, and the majority of the records relate to their administration before Information on these territories can be found in the Imperial Gazetteer of India.
Among the most significant of these are:. The Untold Lives blog contains many fascinating stories from the India Office Records and Private Papers on a wide range of subjects covered by the collections. Records of other British Government departments are held at the National Archives, and can be searched online using the Discovery catalogue. The holdings of the National Archives of India can also be searched using their online portal.
This is the best single volume guide to the India Office Records, giving the administrative background of the East India Company and the India Office, and detailed descriptions of the different series within the records.
It is best used alongside the online and printed catalogues. Indians Overseas : A guide to source materials in the India Office Records for the study of Indian emigration Instructions on how to order images of the British Library's collections from our Imaging Services. With Explore Archives and Manuscripts you can search for information about our rich and unique archive and manuscript collections.
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India Office Records and Private Papers. About the collection The 14 kilometres of shelves of volumes, files and boxes of papers, together with 70, volumes of official publications and , manuscript and printed maps, are public records comprising the archives of the East India Company , of the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India , of the India Office , of the Burma Office , and of a number of British agencies overseas which were officially linked with one or other of the four main bodies.
Among the most significant of these are: St Helena mainly prior to , but records continue to Cape of Good Hope mainly prior to , but records continue to Zanzibar, Somalia and Ethiopia mainly 19th and 20th centuries Red Sea, Arabian Peninsula, Persian Gulf States, Iraq and Iran Afghanistan, Russian and Chinese Central Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim late 18th century to Sri Lanka mainly , but records continue to Malaysia and South-East Asia mainly prior to , but records continue to Indonesia mainly prior to , but records continue to China early 17th century to Japan mainly 17th century, but records continue to West Indies, south and east Africa, Fiji and Suriname — official records resulting from India Office interest in the status and conditions of Indian emigrants to those areas.
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