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British History

This research guide points to resources relevant to British History.

Miscellaneous Primary Sources relating to the Early Modern period

Acts of the Parliament of Scotland

  • Law Library, Film 98; Law Library KDC78 1707 S36

Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series (1613-1783)

  • Law Library, Film 100 (2 reels)

Acts of the Privy Council of England, 1542-1628

  • Mic. 354.4204

Aldeburgh Corporation Letter Book, 1625-1663

  • Film 5293 (1 reel)

Ancient Correspondence, 1175-1538

  • Film 9168

Ancient Laws of Ireland, and The Statutes at Large

  • Film 9415 (6 volumes on 2 reels)

Aristocracy, the State, and the Local Community: From the Huntington Library

  • Film 9540
  • Printed guide: Doc Ref HT653.G7 H46 1986

Bacon, Anthony Papers of, Lambeth Palace Library

  • Film 5235 (9 reels)
  • Printed guide: MICR Z6616 B234 L34 1974

Ballard Collection, 1650-1750

  • Film 9638 (18 reels)
  • Printed guide: Z2018-B35-1982

Baxter Manuscripts

  • Film 4594 (7 reels)

Blenheim Papers

  • Film 9663 (62 reels)

Bodleian Library, Miscellaneous Manuscripts

  • Film 8817 (11 reels)

Boyle, Roger, 1st Earl of, Correspondence of, 1621-1679

  • Film 5121 (1 reel)

Braye Manuscripts from the House of Lords Record Office

  • Film 9341 (22 reels)
  • Printed guide: JN531-P37-1991

British Manuscripts Project

  • Film 4398
  • Printed guide: Z6620- G7-U5; LC1.2-B77
  • Alnwick MSS (138 reels)
  • Bath MSS (Papers of Coventry, Devereux, & Dudley) (70 reels)
  • British Library MSS (check guide) (709 reels)
  • Cambridge University Library MSS (876 reels)
  • Miscellaneous MSS (67 reels)
  • Bodleian Library MSS (check guide) (273 reels)
  • Public Record Office MSS (549 reels)

Calendar of Assize Records: Home Circuit Indictments, Elizabeth I and James I

  • KD370-C6-1985

Calendar of Assize Records, James I

  • KD370-G754-1975

Calendar of Assize Records: Kent Indictments

  • KD8235-C345-1989

Calendar of British Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary of State, Albany, NY, 1664-1776

  • CD3406-S8-A5-1968

Calendar of Documents Preserved in France, Illustrative of the History of Great Britain and Ireland

  • DA25- P2-C42

Calendar of Entries in the Papal Registers Relating to Great Britain and Ireland, 16 vols.

  • 262.82-G786e

Calendar of Letter-Books . . . Corporation of the City of London

  • 942.1 London

Calendar of Letters and State Papers . . . Archives of Simancas, 1558-1603

  • DA25-P1-C42

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Anne

  • DA25-F6
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Charles I
  • DA 25 P1 C29

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Charles II

  • DA25-P1-C32

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Commonwealth

  • DA25-P1-C3

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Edward VI

  • DA25-E3-1992

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Edward VI to James I

  • DA25-P1-C28

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Elizabeth I

  • Film 2910

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, James II

  • DA25-F4

Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, William III and Mary II

  • DA25-F52

Calendar of State Papers, Foreign, Edward VI

  • DA25-H7

Calendar of State Papers, Foreign, Elizabeth I

  • DA25-P1-C4

Calendar of State Papers, Foreign, Mary I

  • DA25-H8-1967

Calendar of State Papers, Charles I, 1625-1659, 4 vols.

  • DA25-G92-1979

Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 11 vols.

  • DA905-G72

Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, James I, 5 vols.

  • DA25-G9-1974
  • Film 9314 (2 reels)

Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, 1625-1670

  • DA905-G7

Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, James I

  • Film 9314

Calendar of State Papers, Scotland, 1547-1603, 13 vols.

  • DA25-P1-C27

Calendar of State Papers, Scotland, Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, 2 vols.

  • DA25-R32-1858

Calendar of State Papers, Spanish

  • DA 25 J1 C28

Calendar of State Papers, Venetian

  • DA25 P1 C5

Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts, 1515-1624

  • DA350-G7-C37

Calendar of the Charter Rolls, vol. 6: Henry VI to Henry VIII

  • DA25-D321; Mif 10.5, no. 67

Calendar of the Clarendon State Papers

  • CD 1069.09 (vols. 4 & 5 only)

Calendar of the Correspondence of Richard Baxter, 2 vols.

  • BX5207-B3-A4-1991

Calendar of the Inner Temple Records

  • KD504-I524, subbasement

Calendar of the Patent Rolls

  • DA25-C953

Calendar of the Proceedings of the Committee for the Advance of Money, 1642-1656

  • DA25-D36

Calendar of the Proceedings of the Committee for Compounding, 1643-1660, 5 vols.

  • DA23-C35-1643

Calendar of the Shrewsbury and Talbot Papers in Lambeth Palace Library and the College of Arms

  • DA30-G7-nos. 6-7

Calendar of Treasury Books, 1660-1718, 32 vols. in 63

  • DA25-T7

Calendar of Treasury Papers, 1556-1728, 6 vols.

  • DA25-J7-1868

Camden Society Publications

  • DA20-C17; DA20-C171

Committee for Compounding with Delinquents, 1643-1660, 5 vols.

  • DA23-C35-1643

Debates of the House of Commons from the Year 1667 to the Year 1694, 10 vols. [Grey's Debates]

  • 301 H60

Decisions of the Court of Session of Scotland

  • Film 729, reel 879:2 and 879:3; reel 762:4

Early English Books (to 1640)

  • Film 435
  • Printed guide: Z2002 P77 1926 (Pollard & Redgrave)

Early English Books (1640-1700)

  • Film 729
  • Printed guide: Z2002 W52 (Wing)

Early English Newspapers

  • Film NP 407 (2,115 reels)
  • Printed guide: PN5114-C68-1983; PN5114-E182-1992

Elizabethan Ireland and the Settlement of Ulster: Carew Papers, Lambeth Palace Library

  • Film 8116 (15 reels)

English Cartoons and Satirical Prints, 1320-1832

  • Film 9307 Prints (21 reels)
  • Film 9307 Catalogue (11 reels)

English Historical Documents

  • DA26 E55

Episcopal Registers

  • Film 9668 (111 reels)


From the Reformation to the Puritan Revolution: Papers of the York High Commission, c. 1560-1641

  • (14 reels) on order

Fulham Papers, Lambeth Palace (1626-1800; letters from Episcopalians in the American colonies to the Bishop of London)

  • Film 5155 (20 reels)
  • Printed guide: HUM BX5881 M26

Goldsmith's-Kress Library of Economic Literature

  • Film 4318
  • Printed guide: MICR Z7164 E2 G64, vol. 1 (through 1720)

Harleian Manuscripts

  • Film 9469 (211 reels)
  • Guide at beginning of each reel
  • First two reels have indices of persons, places, and subjects

Harleian Miscellany

  • 942 Harleian
  • Film 4318, no. 19563 (1 reel)
  • Catalogue of the Harleian Miscellany, Film 4318, no. 19757
  • Fontes Harleian: A Study of the Sources of the Harleian: Z6621-B85-H37

Historical Manuscripts Commission, Reports

  • DOC DA25 F50 G7

Journals of the House of Commons

  • Vol. 1 (1547-1629): Film 4416
  • Vols. 2 ff.: Subbasement DOC 301 J12

Journals of the House of Lords

  • Film 4149

Justice and Authority in England, c. 1540-c. 1800: Series 1, Cheshire

  • Film 9437 (61 reels)

King James I of England to King Christian IV of Denmark: Royal Correspondence, 1603-1625

  • on order

Lansdowne Manuscripts, British Library

  • Film 4174 (Part I; Lord Burghley's Papers)
  • Film 4175 (Part II; Sir Julius Caesar's Papers)
  • Film 4176 (Part III; from vols. 187-554)
  • Film 4399 (Part IV; from vols. 569-1036)
  • Film 9128 (Part V; from vols. 1050-1238)
  • Printed guide: DOC Z2017.5 P6 (Parts I-III)
  • Printed guide: MICR Z2018 P66 1980 (Parts IV-V)
  • Catalogue: Film 4318, no. 22291
  • Catalogue: Z6621-B85-L3 (oversize)

Lincoln Cathedral Library Music Collection, 17th-19th Centuries

  • 60 reels, chiefly music
  • Printed guide: Mus ML 136 L56 1985

London Gazette

  • Film NP407 (29 reels); reels 1135-1141 (1665-1700); reels 199-204 (1700-1709); reel 458 (1710-1712)

Making of Modern London: Repertories of the Court of Aldermen (Corporation of London Record Office), 1495-1692

  • Film 9393 (58 reels)
  • Printed guide: DA676-C68

Manuscript Papers of British Scientists, 1600-1940

  • Z6621-S4-M36-1982

Mary, Queen of Scots, Letters and Papers Relating to

  • Film 4596

Papers of the Christian Faith Society, Lambeth Palace (1642-1972; New World missionary work)

  • Film Music Library 8514M (11 reels)
  • Printed guide: MICR Z7817 C53

Parker Society Publications

  • 55 vols., BX5035-P2

Parliamentary History, Part 1: Manuscript Minutes, Committee Books & Voting Records of the House of Lords, 1620-c. 1714

  • Film 9341 (36 reels)
  • Printed guide: JN531-P37-1991
  • Part 2 (22 reels): See Braye Manuscripts

Parliamentary Returns, 1213-1874

  • Film 1002 (1 reel)
Portland Manuscripts
  • Film 5835 (16 reels)

Prior, Matthew, Papers of, 1685-1721

  • Film 5836 (10 reels)

Privy Council Registers, 1631-1637

  • Mic 354.4204

Privy Council Registers Preserved in the PRO

  • 12 vols. in 6 (facsimile), JN381-G7

Proceedings in the Court of Star Chamber

  • DA25-P1-L51, no. 4

Proceedings in the Parliaments of Elizabeth I, 1558-1581

  • JN525-P76-1981

Quaker Manuscripts Collection

  • Film 9119 (14 reels)

Ralph, James, The History of England During the Reigns of King William, Queen Anne, and George the First (copy of 1746 edition)

  • Film 9405 (1 reel)

Rawlinson Manuscript Collection, Bodleian

  • Film 9071 (142 reels)

Records of an English Village: Earls Colne, 1400-1750

  • Film MIF 775
  • Printed guide: MICR DA690 E1187 R42

Records of a Scottish Village, Lasswade, 1650-1750

  • Mif 1429
  • Printed guide: DA890-L38-R43-1982

Records of the Church of England During the Commonwealth Period (1643-1661)

  • Film 5157 (36 reels)

Registers of the Archbishops of Canterbury: 13th-17th Centuries, Lambeth Palace Library

  • Film 5156 (20 reels)

Register of the Scottish Privy Council

  • DOC DA757 S35, 1st Series

Renaissance Commonplace Books from the Huntington Library

  • Film 9424 (4 reels)
  • Printed guide: PN6245-R46-1994

Researching British Probates, 1354-1858

  • CS434-G7-E57-1992

Seymour Papers (Earls of Hertford & Dukes of Somerset)

  • Film 5327 (19 reels)

Shrewsbury Papers, Lambeth Palace Library

  • Film 5237 (8 reels)

Sir William Clarke Manuscripts, 1640-1664

  • Film 5912 (17 reels)
  • Printed guide: MICR Z2018 S57

Sloane Manuscripts (Papers of Sir Hans Sloane, 1660-1753)

  • Dirac Science Library, Film 9414 (17 reels)
  • Each reel has a guide
  • Indexed by Sci Q 125 S67 1991

Somers Tracts, 13 vols.

  • DA300-S685-1965

Star Chamber and English Society in the Reign of James I

  • Film 9446 (28 reels)
  • Reel 1 lists contents of all reels
  • Printed guide: Doc Ref Film 9446 Guide

State Papers: Calendars

  • Edward VI to Charles I: DA25 P1 C29
  • Commonwealth: DA25 P1 C3
  • Charles II: DA25 P1 C32
  • James II: DA25 F4 (vol. 1 is lost)
  • William III: DA25 F2
  • Anne: DA25 F6
  • Italy (Venetian Archives): DA25 P1 C5
  • Spanish: DA25 J1 C28
  • Ireland: DA905 G7 and G72
  • Carew Manuscripts (concerns Ireland, 1515-1624) DA350 G7 C37

State Papers, Domestic

  • 1547-1625
    • Film 5913 (209 reels)
  • 1625-1702
    • Film 8948 (552 reels)
  • Unpublished State Papers of the Civil War and Interregnum, Parts I-V
    • Printed guide: DOC Z2018 U56
    • Film 8112 (114 reels)
  • Queen Anne
    • Film 5162 (15 reels)
  • George I: Descriptive List
    • Film 9418 (2 reels)

State Papers, Foreign

  • Edward VI, Film 5309; Mary I, Film 5310; Elizabeth I, 5 vols., DOC 942.055 G7861
  • Uncalendared State Papers Foreign of Elizabeth I, 1592-1603, Film 9444 (31 reels)

State Papers, Negotiations Between England and Spain, 1485-1558

  • Film 2232
State Trials
  • Film 8117 (10 reels)

Statutes of the Realm

  • DOC KD129 G7 1236

Stuart Papers, Chiddingstone Castle, Kent (c. 1550-1900)

  • Film 4704 (3 reels)

Stuart Papers, Windsor Castle

  • DA814 A3 G5 1978 (1 vol.)

Talbot Papers

  • Film 4225 (9 reels)

Tanner Manuscripts, Bodleian

  • Film 5841 (85 reels)
  • Printed guide: REF Z6621 O942 1966 (in basement)

Thomason Tracts, British Library

  • Film 4257 (256 reels)
  • Printed guide: MICR Z2018 T46, 2 vols.

Thynne Papers

  • Film 5837 (62 reels)

Treasury Books

  • DOC DA25 T7

Unpublished Records of the Established Church of England, 1540-1720 (Lambeth Palace)

  • Film 9396 (12 reels)

Wentworth, Thomas, 1st Earl of Strafford, Papers of (Sheffield City Libraries)

  • Film 9395 (20 reels)
  • Printed guide: DA396-S8-C7-1994

Winchester College (Warden and Fellows' Library), 700-1600

  • Film 5325 (16 reels)

York Court of High Commission, c. 1560-1641

  • Film 9445 (14 reels)
  • Printed guide: Doc Ref DA170.B67
  • Index reproduced on reel 1
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