This guide is meant to aid the beginning researcher in using British Foreign Office documents (1782-1968). Please note that important foreign affairs related documents also issue from the Prime Minister's Office, the Cabinet Office and Parliament (see Sessional Papers guide). UVA Library has only selected copies of materials from these offices. Materials not owned by UVA can be requested through Interlibrary Services. Note: Foreign Office Records (1782-1968) were preceeded by State Papers Foreign and succeeded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office publications.
Arrangement of Record Classes
Most Foreign Office records fall into seven major categories, General Correspondence, Registers and Indexes, Embassy and Consular Archives, Confidential Print, Treaties, Private and Private Office Papers and Archives of Commissions and Conferences.
Please note: UVA Library has only selected copies of some of these materials.
Detailed Listing of the Classes and their Subdivisions
Records of the Foreign Office 1782-1939, Call Number CD1051. A45 1969a, Alderman Reference.
Records of the Foreign Office 1782-1968, Call Number CD1051. A45 2002, Alderman Stacks (non-circulating).
Guide to the Contents of the Public Record Office, Call Number CD1043 .A553 1963, Alderman and Law.