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Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961

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"The British Foreign Office Confidential Print have long been recognised as an extraordinary valuable source for the study of nineteenth and early twentieth century history; a resource that no other national archive can match. At present sets of these documents (one complete, one almost complete and the others very patchy) are only available in a small number of repositories although a small selection has been made available in facsimile. This Adam Matthew Digital initiative will make the complete set universally available for the very first time and can only enhance their usefulness."

William A. Noblett
Under-Librarian, Cambridge University Library

The 'Confidential Print' series issued by the Foreign and Colonial Office since c1820 is one of the fundamental building blocks for research that should be possessed by any academic library and one of the most important series produced by the British Government.

The series originated out of a need for the Government to preserve all of the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. Some of these were one page letters or telegrams – others were large volumes or texts of treaties. All items marked ‘Confidential Print’ were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to Heads of British missions abroad.

Confidential Print: North America includes the following key classes in their entirety:

  • CO 880/1-32 North America, 1839-1914
  • CO 884/1-38 West Indies, 1826-1961
  • FO 414/1-278 North America 1824-1941
  • FO 461/1-13 America, 1942-1956
  • FO 462/1-10 USA, 1947-1956

The bulk of this material covers the late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century.

Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961 is an Archives Direct project.

Please see this link for further information.