By Mandy Banton. Published 2015. ISBN 9781909146124
This important guide is an introduction to the records of British government departments responsible for the administration of colonial affairs, and now held in The National Archives of the United Kingdom. It covers the period from about 1801 to 1966.
It has been planned as a user-friendly guide concentrating on the organisation of the records, the information they are likely to provide and how to use the contemporary finding aids. It also provides an outline of the expansion of the British empire during the period, and discusses the organisation of colonial governments.
This 2015 edition has been updated, revised and expanded throughout. New content includes details of records transferred to The National Archives since the guide was first published, including the ‘migrated archives’ removed from 37 former colonies at independence and an important collection of photographs from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office library. Existing content has been expanded in the light of further research by the author and comments by other records users, and amended to reflect legislative and cataloguing developments. There is additional information about material held elsewhere, reference to a number of relevant research projects, and an expanded bibliography.
An indispensable guide and source of invaluable historical detail.
Wm. Roger Louis, Kerr Professor of English History and Culture, University of Texas at Austin.
Dr Banton's guide can be enthusiastically recommended to new researchers planning to use the TNA, to the many graduate students (and their supervisors) engaged in studying aspects of colonial empire, and to seasoned scholars who may find in these pages new insights and perhaps even some new sources.
David Killingray, Goldsmiths, University of London.