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State Papers

State papers are records of English policy, foreign and domestic. 

  • The database State Papers Online, 1509-1714, offers access to these state papers:
    • Part I: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic
    • Part II: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council
    • Part III: The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I- Anne I, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic
    • Part IV The Stuarts and Commonwealth, James I - Anne I, 1603-1714, State Papers Foreign, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council
      • Please note that in the database the original papers (manuscripts) are handwritten and can be very difficult to read. The corresponding calendars, however, provide abstracts or summaries of the documents. The calendars are fully searchable, but the original manuscripts are not.
      • Included in State Papers Online is Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, of the Reign of Henry VIII. To get to them, go to "Browse," "Browse Calendar," and scroll down to "Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, of the reign of Henry VIII" click on the + key, and a list of all volumes will appear.
      • To see key documents, click on "Research Tools" and then "Key Documents." For example, the document "The King's Divorce, 31 May 1527. The Hearing of Henry VII's Petition for Divorce from Catherine of Aragon" is available in this section. (Both the original, very difficult to read manuscript, and the easy to read calendar.)
         
  • To see a list of microform materials owned by the library see this link.
     
  • Another database with state papers is called Colonial State Papers. The papers in this database relate to English activities in the colonies of America, Canada, and the West Indies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.