A Finding Guide to the British Government Publications at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries

2005

Center for British Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder

Introduction
This Finding Guide to the British Government Publications at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries includes the following materials:
All major British microform (microfilm, microfiche, microcard, microprint) sets housed in the Government Information Library;
All major calendar series (printed editions) from the Public Record Office held by the Government Information Library;
Selected sets and collections (printed editions) of British documents housed in the Government Information Library;
Selected guides and indexes available for use with the British government publications collections.
Material in this Guide is arranged by major category, outlined in the Table of Contents.  Within each section, entries are listed alphabetically.  An Index is provided which lists all titles with cross-references and page numbers.  In addition, two Appendices are included:  a Glossary of basic terms, and a Chronological List of Sovereigns.

The main title under which an item or collection is entered in this Guide is a working title, chosen to provide ready access for users. If the collection was sold commercially under a different title, or if it appears in the University of Colorado Libraries catalogs under another title, the other names are given beneath the main entry, designated by quotation marks, in parentheses.  Thus:

Home Office: Papers and Records, 1782-1820 (PRO Class HO 42).
  ("Order and Authority in England, 1782-1820").
Wherever possible, each entry includes title(s), contents, publication information, any indexes or finding guides available, format, call number and location.  In some entries, descriptive notes are also included.

All of the materials listed in this Guide are available at the Government Information Library in Norlin Library.  The Government Information Reference Area and Office is on the third floor of Norlin Library.  All of the microform material listed in this guide is housed in the Government Information Office.  The British government publications book collection is located in the Basement of Norlin Library.

If you have suggestions about this Finding Guide or encounter errors while working with it, please notify the British Documents Librarian at the Government Information Library (492-8834).

Due to the size of this collection this guide is divided into 5 web pages, use the navigation bars at the top or bottom of each page to travel from section to section.

Prepared originally by

         Daniel O'Mahoney, 1992;
         revised summer, 1998
         Jennie Gerke, revised summer, 2005
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A Finding Guide to the British Government Publications at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Records of the British Government at the National Level                                                                      GovP-3
A. Indexes and Guides to British Government Publications                                                            GovP-3
1. General Indexes to British Government Publications                                                        GovP-3
2. General Guides to British Government Publications                                                         GovP-4
3. Specialized Indexes and Guides                                                                                      GovP-5
B. Parliamentary Records and Indexes                                                                                          GovP-6
1. Parliamentary Documents, Reports, and Statutes                                                             GovP-6
2. Indexes to Parliamentary Records                                                                                   GovP-9
C. State Papers and Calendars of Public Record Office Collections                                               GovP-11
1. State Papers, Domestic and Foreign: Full Texts                                                               GovP-11
2. Calendars of the Public Record Office: State Papers and Related Documents                   GovP-13
3. Calendars of the Public Record Office: Chancery, Exchequer, and Judicial Records          GovP-18
D. Records of the Cabinet and Privy Council                                                                                  GovP-23
E. Other Records of the National Government and Its Branches                                                      GovP-25
II. Records of Local Government, Courts, and Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions                                                  GovP-31
A.  The Chesire Collection, 1560-1818                                                                                          GovP-31
B. The Essex Collection, 1300-1700                                                                                              GovP-32
C. The Hereford Collection, 1400-1600                                                                                         GovP-34
D. The Wiltshire Collection, 1500-1640                                                                                          GovP-34
E. Other Records of Local Government, Courts, and Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions                               GovP-40
III. Current Statistical, Technical, and Business Listings                                                                              GovP-42
Appendices:
A. Glossary                                                                                                                                      GovP-44
B. Chronological List of Sovereigns                                                                                                  GovP-47
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I. RECORDS OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

I.A. INDEXES AND GUIDES TO BRITISH GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

I.A.1. General Indexes to British Government Publications

Annual Catalogues of British Official and Parliamentary Publications, 1894-1909.
Reprinted by Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd., 1975.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-St2 5/2:894-909 INDEX.
Annual Catalogues of British Official and Parliamentary Publications, 1910-1919.
Reprinted by Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd., 1975.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-St2 5/2:910-19 INDEX.
Annual Catalogues of the Controller's Library, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1922-1972.
6 microfilm reels, 35 mm.  (Reel 1: 1922-33; reel 2: 1934-41; reel 3: 1942-55; reel 4: 1956-65; reel 5: 1966-70; reel 6: 1971-72.), Carrollton Press, Inc., 1976.
Index: Cumulative Index to the Annual Catalogues of Her Majesty's Stationery Office Publications, 1922-1972.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-St2 5/2:922-972 INDEX.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-St2 5:reels 1-6 MICROFILM.
Catalogue of British Official Publications Not Published by HMSO.
Library has: 1980-1989 (annual).
Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd.
Norlin GovPubs: Z 2009 C37 REFERENCE
Note: Continued by UKOP CD-ROM, see below.
Cumulative Index to the Annual Catalogues of Her Majesty's Stationery Office Publications, 1922-1972.
2 vols., Chadwyck-Healey, 1976.
Index to: Annual Catalogues of the Controller's Library, HMSO, 1922-1972.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-St2 5:reels 1-6 MICROFILM.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-St2 5/2:922-972 vol.1-2 INDEX.
Government Publications of Her Majesty's Stationery Office
("HMSO Annual Catalogue"; "HMSO Monthly Catalogue").
Library has: 1972- (Monthly with annual cumulation.)
Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-St2 5:yr.

 
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UKOP: Catalogue of United Kingdom Official Publications. CD-ROM.
Covers 1980-2002.
Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd., computer file (compact disk).
This CD-ROM index contains records for HMSO and non-HMSO official publications from 1980 to 2002.
Norlin GovPubs: Z 2009 .C371 OFFICE.
Available on computers in Government Publication Library online.

I.A.2. General Guides to British Government Publications

British Official Publications, by John Pemberton
Pergamon Press, 1971.
Norlin GovPubs: Z 2009 P45 1971. REFERENCE
Government Publications Sectional Lists
Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-St2 6:no./yr. INDEX.
Guide to British Government Publications, by Frank Rogers
H.W. Wilson Company, 1980.
Norlin GovPubs: Z 2009 R62. REFERENCE
Guide to the Contents of the Public Record Office
3 vols. (Vol. 1: Legal Records, etc.; vol. 2: State Papers and Departmental Records; vol.3: Documents Transferred 1960-1966.)
Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1963, 1968.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 9:G94 INDEX (duplicate copies of vol. 1 and 2 in NORBASE)
Introduction to British Government Publications, by James Olle'
Association of Assistant Librarians, 1965.
Norlin GovPubs: Z 2009 O4 REFERENCE.
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I.A.3. Specialized Indexes and Guides

Guide to the Reports of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, 1870-1911
Part 1: "A Guide to the Reports on Collections of Manuscripts of private families, corporations and institutions in Great Britain and Ireland issued by the Royal Commissioners for Historical Manuscripts," Topographical Index. His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1914.
Part 2: Index of Persons. Section 1 (A-Lever) in printed version; section 2 (Lever-Z) on microfilm. His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1935.
Index to: Historical Manuscript Commission, Reports. Norlin GovPubs: 301-H62.5 1:vol. and 301-H62.5 6:
Norlin GovPubs: 301-H62.5 9:G94/870-911 INDEX.
(Part 2, section 2 - MICROFILM IN OFFICE).
Guide to the Reports of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, 1911-1957
Part 1: Index of Places. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973.
Part 2: Index of Persons (Vol. 1: A-Foullon; vol.2: Foulwyll-Orme; vol. 3: Ormesby-Z). Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1966.
Index to: Historical Manuscript Commission, Reports, found at 301-H62.5 1:vol. and 301-H62.5 6: NORBASE
Norlin GovPubs: 301-H62.5 9:G94/911-57 INDEX.
Index of British Treaties, 1101-1968
Vol 1: Includes "Index of Multilateral Treaties by Subject," "Index to Bilateral Treaties by Country, etc.," "Index of Bilateral Treaties by Subject."
Vol. 2: Includes "Chronological List of Treaties, 1109-1925."
Vol. 3: Includes "Chronological List of Treaties, 1926-1968."
3 vols., Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1970.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-F76.1 9:In2/vol. INDEX.
List and Index Society
Library has: vol. 1- , 1965- .
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 7/3: vol. NORBASE
List and Index Society, Special Series
Library has: vol. 1- , 1968- .
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 7/4: vol. NORBASE

 
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Public Record Office Lists and Indexes
("Lists and Indexes")
55 vols., Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1892-1936.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 7:vol. NORBASE
Public Record Office Lists and Indexes, Supplementary Series
("Lists and Indexes, Supplementary Series")
16 vols. (in multiple parts), Kraus Reprint Edition, 1970-1977.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-R24 7/2:vol. NORBASE
Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts .
("A Companion to the Kraus reprint Edition" or "Reports, 1st-9th Series).
Kraus-Thomson Organization, Ltd., 1977.
Index to: Historical Manuscript Commission, Reports. Norlin GovPubs: 301-H62.5 1:1-9 NORBASE.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-H62.5 1:1-9/Supp. NORBASE.

 

I.B. PARLIAMENTARY RECORDS AND INDEXES

I.B.1. Parliamentary Documents, Reports, and Statutes

Parliamentary Papers (also called Sessional Papers) generally are those documents which are required by Parliament in the conduct of official business. Sessional Papers are issued separately by and for the House of Commons and the House of Lords. These include bills, acts of Parliament, command papers, committee and commission reports, and other publicatons.
Parliamentary Debates and Journals serve as the official records of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The Debates include the speeches and floor debates. Debates for the House of Commons and House of Lords were published together until 1909. Beginning in 1909 (with the Fifth Series), the Debates of each house were published separately. The Journals are published separately and record the official proceedings for each house.
Parliament: Debates, 1803-1908 (Hansard)
The first four series contained the Debates of both the House of Commons and House of Lords. Beginning with the Fifth Series, Debates for each house were published separately. (See entries under each house of Parliament).
First Series (1803-1820) 41 vols.
Second Series (1820-1830) 25 vols.
Third Series (1830-1891) 356 vols.
Fourth Series (1892-1908) 199 vols.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A3 4:series/vol. NORBASE
Parliament: House of Commons, Bills, 1979-present.
1979-present. (For earlier, see: Parliament, House of Commons, Sessional Papers, 1731-1978)
Readex Microfiche edition, 11 x 15 cm.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 2:yr. MICROFICHE.
Current bills available online.

 
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Parliament: House of Commons, Command Papers, 1979-present.
1979-present. (For earlier, see: Parliament, House of Commons, Sessional Papers, 1731-1978.)
Readex Microfiche edition, 11 x 15 cm.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A3 1/6:yr. (1979-1987) MICROFICHE (select titles available in print, search Chinook.)
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A3 1/7:yr. (1987-present) MICROFICHE
 
Parliament: House of Commons, Debates, 1667-1694.
10 vols., collected by Anichitell Grey, London, 1763.
NCR microfiche edition, 59 microfiche, 8 x 12 cm.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 4:1667-94 MICROFICHE.
Parliament: House of Commons, Debates, 1909-present (Hansard)
Fifth Series (1909-1980/81) 999 vols.
Sixth Series (1980/81-present) ongoing.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4/series:vol. NORBASE
Available online (1988-present)
Parliament: House of Commons, Journals, 1547-1974.
("Journals of the House of Commons")
230 vols., 1547-1974.
Readex Microprint edition, 15 x 23 cm. microcards.
General Indexes (1547-1900) included.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 3:vol. MICROPRINT
Parliament: House of Commons, Journals, 1978-1980.
Vols. 235-237, 1978-1980.
Readex Microfiche edition, 11 x 15 cm.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A 4/3:yr MICROFICHE.
Parliament: House of Commons, Papers, 1979-present.
1979-present. (For earlier, see: Parliament, House of Commons, Sessional Papers, 1731-1978.)
Readex Microfiche edition, 11 x 15 cm.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 1:yr. OFFICE.

 
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Parliament: House of Commons, Reports from Committees, 1715-1801.
10 microfilm reels, 35 mm., Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd.
Index: General Index to the Reports from Committees of the House of Commons 1715-1801 printed but not inserted in the Journals of the House.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 9:G28 INDEX.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 9:R29 MICROFILM.
Parliament: House of Commons, Sessional Papers, 1731-1978.
("British Sessional Papers, House of Commons").
1731-1978. Includes bills, committee reports, commission reports, accounts and papers, and command papers.
Readex Microprint edition, 15 x 23 cm. microcards (247 boxes).
Index: Catalogue and Index to the British Sessional Papers, 1731-1800.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 1:1731-1800 INDEX.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 1:yr MICROPRINT.
Parliament: House of Lords, Debates, 1909-present (Hansard)
Fifth Series (1909-present).
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A5 4/5:vol. NORBASE
Available Online (1994-present)
Parliament: House of Lords, Sessional Papers, 1940-1970.
("British Sessional Papers, House of Lords").
1940-1970.
Readex Microprint edition, 15 x 23 cm. microcards.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A5 1:940-970 MICROPRINT.
Parliamentary Register, 1774-96, or History of the Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons and Lords, 1775-1802
Microcard Editions, 1971
62 vols, 14th to 17th Parliamentary sessions
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A3 4/1: MICROFICHE
Statutes of the Realm, 1225-1713.
"The Statutes of the Realm, published under the authority of the Record Commission, are of the highest importance to the lawyer and historian, each statute having been copied from the original record. This is the most complete and accurate edition of the Statutes for the period 1225 to 1713."
The volumes were first published between 1810 and 1822, with an alphabetical index in 1828. Included are verbatim copies of statutes as enacted, even though later repealed, and private acts to Henry VIII (1539). Each volume has an index, and there is a cum ulative index volume.
10 vols. and index.
NCR Microcard Edition, 439 microfiche, 8 x 12 cm.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A3 5:1225-1713 MICROFICHE.
Statutes of the Realm, 1215-1714
""Printed by command of His Majesty King George the Third...from original records and authentic manuscripts." First page on film is for the American state reports prior to the national reporting system; Vol. 11 (reel 7) contains chronological index to the statutes of the realm from Magna Carta to the end of the reign of Queen Anne, 1215-1714."
 
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A3 5:1215-1714 MICROFILM

 
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I.B.2. Indexes to Parliamentary Records

British Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons, Index.
1980-present.
Readex microfiche edition, 11 x 15 cm.
Index to the Readex microfiche collection of Parliamentary Papers.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A3 1/2:yr. Index MICROFICHE.
British Parliamentary Papers, Index.
Covers 1990-present.
Newsbank/Readex Corporation, computer file (compact disk).
This CD-ROM index includes citations to the House of Commons Sessional Papers and Hansard's Debates from the 1989/90 session to the present. The Library receives the full-text of the Parliamentary Papers on microfiche and the printed edition of Hansard's Debates.
Norlin GovPubs: J 301 B74 CD-ROM.
Available on computers in Government Publications Library.
Catalogue of British Parliamentary Papers in the Irish University Press 1000-Volume Series and Area Studies Series, 1801-1900
Irish University Press, 1977.
Provides full bibliographic information and descriptions of the 19th century Parliamentary Papers. Companion to the Checklist (below).
Norlin GovPubs: Z 2019 I72 1977 REFERENCE
Checklist of British Parliamentary Papers in the Irish University Press 1000-Volume Series, 1801-1899
Irish University Press, 1972.
Provides a chronological list of reports included in the Parliamentary Papers of the 19th century, as well as indexes by subject and keyword title.
Norlin GovPubs: Z 2019 I73 REFERENCE
Fords' Breviates and Select Lists:
These indexes to the Parliamentary Papers were produced by Percy and Grace Ford. They generally provide summaries of Parliamentary publications, arranged by major subject category, with indexes by subject/title and chairmen/authors.
Hansard's Catalogue and Breviate of Parliamentary Papers, 1696-1834.
Basil Blackwell, 1953.
Norlin GovPubs: JN 531 .K62 1953 REFERENCE
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Select List of British Parliamentary Papers, 1833-1899, by P. Ford and G. Ford.
Basil Blackwell, 1953.
Norlin GovPubs: JN 543 .F6 1953 REFERENCE
Breviate of Parliamentary Papers, 1900-1916, by P. Ford and G. Ford.
Basil Blackwell, 1957.
Norlin GovPubs: JN 549 .F6 1957 REFERENCE
Breviate of Parliamentary Papers, 1917-1939, by P. Ford and G. Ford.
Basil Blackwell, 1951.
Norlin GovPubs: JN 549 .F6 1951 REFERENCE
Breviate of Parliamentary Papers, 1940-1954, by P. Ford and G. Ford.
Basil Blackwell, 1961.
Norlin GovPubs: JN 549 .F63 1961 REFERENCE
Ford List of British Parliamentary Papers, 1965-1974, together with specialist commentaries, ed. by Diana Marshallsay and J.H. Smith.
KTO Press, 1979.
Norlin GovPubs: JN 549 .F65 1975 REFERENCE
A Guide to Parliamentary Papers; What they are, how to find them, how to use them
Irish University Press, 1972.
Norlin GovPubs: JN 521 .F6 1972a REFERENCE
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1801-1900: Guide to the Chadwyck-Healey Microfiche Edition, by Peter Cockton
1 vol., Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd., 1991.
Note: The Library does not own the Chadwyck-Healey microfiche edition of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers; instead, we own the Readex microprint edition. This guide is a chronological listing of the Parliamentary sessions and the volumes printed for each session.
Norlin GovPubs: Z 2019 C62 1991 REFERENCE
Parliament: House of Commons, Catalogue and Index, 1731-1800.
("British Sessional Papers").
Index to vols. 1-52 (1731-1800).
Readex Microprint edition, 15 x 23 cm. microcards (101 pp.).
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 1:1731-1800 Index MICROPRINT.
Parliament: House of Commons, General Index, 1801-1852
("Sessional Index").
His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1938.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 1/2:1801-52 INDEX.

 
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Parliament: House of Commons, General Index, 1900-1949
("Sessional Index").
Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1960.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 1/2:900-948/49 INDEX.
Parliament: House of Commons, Journal, General Index, 1547-1900.
Vols. 1-155 (1547-1900).
Readex Microprint edition, 15 x 23 cm. microcards (163 microcards).
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 3:1547-1900 Index MICROPRINT.
Parliament: House of Commons, Journal, General Index, 1970-1980.
Vols. 226-236 (1970-80).
Readex Microfiche edition, 11 x 15 cm.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 3:1970-1980 MICROFICHE.
Parliament: House of Commons, Reports from Committees, General Index, 1715-1801
("General Index to the Reports from Committees of the House of Commons 1715-1801, printed but not inserted in the Journals of the House").
Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd., 1973.
Index to: Microfilm collection (10 reels). Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 9:R29 reels 1-10 OFFICE.
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A4 9:G28 INDEX.
Subject Catalogue of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1801-1900, by Peter Cockton
5 vols., Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd., 1988.
Norlin GovPubs: Z 2019 C63 1988 v.1-5 REFERENCE
Parliament: House of Lords, Titles, Tables of Contents, and Indexes to the Sessional Papers of the House of Lords
Her Majesty's Stationary Office
Coverage: 1801-59, 1859-71, 1871-85, 1885-90, 893-94, 1895-98
Norlin GovPubs: 301-A5 1/3: NORBASE

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