Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)JC29/1/1/1-5
TitleDiaries of Colonial Office departments
Extent5 files
DescriptionThese diaries were maintained and used by the departments of the Colonial Office which came under Joseph Chamberlain's jurisdiction as Secretary of State for the Colonies; there were six departments during the period in which Chamberlain held office; each department had responsibility for colonies within a broad geographical area: Australian and North American department, Eastern department, South African department, West African department, West Indian department, and African and Mediterranean department; diaries for the first five departments are listed; records of the last do not appear to have survived; the diary or diaries for each department are subdivided into the separate colonies/colonial offices for which it had responsibility; within each subdivision, the diaries are a chronological record; each volume also has a subject index; the diaries contain summaries of correspondence and communications, reports of economic performance, improvements in communication systems, fiscal relations, public order disturbances, legislative changes, and the activities of Colonial Office officials; these accounts are often annotated with Government publication reference details; in addition, there are records of correspondence between the Colonial Office and the governors and governor generals; these are either attached, or found as loose enclosures; the volumes also contain attachments of typescript transcripts and printed material from Government publications
Access StatusOpen


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