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Olney, R. J.; Historical Manuscripts Commission (1995)
Languages: English
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Subjects: HIS
This article tells you how to use manuscript sources for British History. It was written in 1995 by RJ Olney from the Historical Manuscripts Commission.
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    • 13. Government publications, Sectional List 17: publications of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (last revised 1984). (Although not recently reprinted, still a useful guide to the complexities of the Reports and Calendars series. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, UNIPUB (HMSO's North American agent) or the HMC itself can supply details of titles in print.)
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    • 40. Mace, Angela, The Royal Institute of British Architects: a guide to its archives and history (1986). For deposited collections of papers see a descriptive pamphlet, British Architectural Library (1989), and various guides and lists available at the Library.
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    • 42. Nickson, MAE, The British Library: Guide to the Catalogues and Indexes of the Department of Manuscripts (2nd edn, 1982). (A guide to the catalogues of the foundation collections, the Additional Manuscripts, etc.) (And see also Day, Alan, The British Library: a Guide to its Structure, Publications, Collections and Services (1988).)
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    • 63. Handlist of charters, deeds and similar documents ... (4 vols, Manchester, 1925-75).
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    • 71. Hunt, RW, ed, Summary Catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library: volume 1, historical introduction and conspectus of shelf- marks (Oxford, 1953). (Although volume 1, this was the last of eight volumes of Summary Catalogue published since 1895, which had themselves been preceded by a series of quarto catalogues 1845- 1900.)
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    • 73. Guide for readers of western manuscripts (1993).
    • 74. (The Bodleian Library Record carries articles on individual collections. And see also 121.)
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    • 86. Smith, DM, A guide to the archive collections of the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research (1973); Supplementary guide (1980).
    • 87. Ker, NR, Catalogue of manuscripts containing Anglo-Saxon (Oxford, 1957, reissued 1990).
    • 88. Sawyer, PH, Anglo-Saxon charters: an annotated list and bibliography (Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks no 8, 1968).
    • 89. Armstrong, John and Jones, Stephanie, Business documents: their origins, sources and uses in historical research (1987).
    • 90. Benson, John, Neville, Robert G and Thompson, Charles H, compilers, Bibliography of the British coal industry: secondary literature, parliamentary and departmental papers, mineral maps and plans and a guide to sources (Oxford, 1981).
    • 91. Cockerell, HAL and Green, Edwin, The British insurance business: a guide to its history and records in the United Kingdom (2nd edn, Sheffield, 1994).
    • 92. Habgood, Wendy, ed, Chartered accountants in England and Wales: a guide to historical records (Studies in British Business Archives, Manchester, 1994).
    • 93. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Records of British business and industry 1760-1914: textiles and leather (Guides to Sources for British History no 8, 1990).
    • 94. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Records of British business and industry: engineering and metal processing (ibid no 9, 1994).
    • 95. Mathias, P and Pearsall, AWH, Shipping: a survey of historical records (Newton Abbot, 1971).
    • 96. Morris, Peter JT and Russell, Colin A, Archives of the British chemical industry 1750- 1914: a handlist (British Society for the History of Science, 1988).
    • 97. Pressnell, LS and Orbell, John, A guide to the historical records of British banking (1985).
    • 98. Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison, Directory of Corporate archives (Business Archives Council, 3rd edn, 1992).
    • 99. Richmond, Lesley and Stockford, Bridget, Company archives: the survey of the records of 1000 of the first registered companies in England and Wales (Aldershot, 1986).
    • 100. Richmond, Lesley and Turton, Alison, The brewing industry: a guide to historical records (Studies in British Business Archives, Manchester, 1990).
    • 101. Ritchie, LA, ed, The shipbuilding industry: a guide to historical records (Studies in British Business Archives, Manchester, 1992). (See also Business Archives, passim, and 79.)
    • 102. Davis, GRC, Medieval cartularies of Great Britain: a short catalogue (1958).
    • 103. Board of Inland Revenue, The records of the Tithe Redemption Office (c1960: reprinted from the Journal of the Society of Archivists, vol 1, no 5, April 1957, pp 132-9).
    • 104. Gibson, JSW, compiler, The hearth tax, other later Stuart tax lists and the Association Oath rolls (Federation of Family History Societies, 1985).
    • 105. Glasscock, RE, The Lay Subsidy of 1334 (British Academy Records of Social and Economic History, new series 11, 1975).
    • 106. Hoyle, Richard, Tudor taxation records: a guide for users (Public Record Office Readers' Guide no 5, 1994).
    • 107. Short, Brian, The Geography of England and Wales in 1910: an evaluation of Lloyd George's `Domesday' of land ownership (Historical Geography Research Series no 22, 1989).
    • 109. The central records of the Church of England: a report and survey presented to the Pilgrim and Radcliffe Trustees (1976)
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    • 111. Owen, DM, The records of the Established Church in England, excluding parochial records (British Records Association Archives and the User no 1, 1970). (And see Owen, DM, 'Handlist of ecclesiastical records', Archives, vol x, no 46, October 1971, pp 53-6.)
    • 112. Smith, David M, Guide to bishops' registers of England and Wales: a survey from the Middle Ages to the abolition of episcopacy in 1646 (Royal Historical Society Guides and Handbooks no 11, 1987).
    • 113. Tarver, Anne, Church court records (Chichester, 1994).
    • 114. Williams, Joan, ed, Capitular libraries and archives in England: a directory of officers and addresses (4th edn, 1989).
    • 118. Hawkins, David T, Criminal ancestors: a guide to historical criminal records in England and Wales (Stroud, 1992). (And see also 125.)
    • 119. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Principal family and estate collections: part one, families A-K (Guides to Sources for British History no 10, 1995). (Part two, families L-Y, forthcoming.)
    • 120. Sayers, Jane, Estate documents at Lambeth Palace Library (1965)
    • 127. Cox, J Charles, Churchwardens' accounts, from the fourteenth century to the close of the seventeenth century (1913).
    • 128. Emmison, FG and Gray, Irvine, County Records (Historical Association, 1987).
    • 129. Evans, Eric J, Tithes and the Tithe Commutation Act 1836 (Standing Conference for Local History, 1978). (And see also 103.)
    • 130. Gibson, Jeremy and Medlycott, Mervyn, Local census listings 1522- 1930: holdings in the British Isles (Federation of Family History Societies, 2nd edn, 1994).
    • 131. Gibson, Jeremy, Medlycott, Mervyn and Mills, Dennis, Land and window tax assessments (Federation of Family History Societies, 1993). (And see also 128.)
    • 132. Gibson, Jeremy and Rogers, Colin, Poll books c1696-1872: a directory to holdings in Great Britain (Federation of Family History Societies, 3rd edn, 1994).
    • 133. Gibson, Jeremy, and others, Poor law union records (4 vols, 1993-4). (Volumes 1-3 are a directory, and volume 4 is a gazetteer.)
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    • 150. Foster, Janet, AIDS archives in the UK (1990).
    • 151. Pelling, Margaret, compiler, Handlist of public health records (Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine Research Publications no VII, Oxford, 1985).
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    • 154. Laing, Margaret, Catalogue of sources for a linguistic atlas of early medieval English (Cambridge, 1993).
    • 155. Pelteret, David AE, Catalogue of English post-Conquest vernacular documents (Woodbridge, 1990).
    • 156. Singer, Dorothea Waley and others, Catalogue of latin and vernacular alchemical manuscripts in Great Britain and Ireland dating from before the XVI century (3 vols, Brussels, 1928-31).
    • 164. Calkin, Homer L, Catalog of Methodist archival and manuscript collections: part 6, Great Britain and Ireland (World Methodist History Society, 1985).
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    • 188. Chapman, Colin R, The growth of British education and its records (2nd edn, 1992).
    • 189. History of Education Society, Archives and the historian of education (Occasional Publication no 1, summer 1975). (And see the Society's Bulletin, 1968-.)
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    • 196. Steel, DJ and others, National index of parish registers (1973-). Includes General sources of births, marriages and deaths before 1837 (no 1, 1976), Sources for nonconformist genealogy and family history (no 2, 1973), Sources for Roman Catholic and Jewish genealogy and family history (no 3, 1974), and Sources for Scottish genealogy and family history (no 12, 1970). (And for Wales see Rowlands, John and others, ed, Welsh family history: a guide to research, 1993.)
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    • 208. Cook, Chris and others, compilers, Sources in British political history 1900-1951 (6 vols, 1975-85) (I: A guide to the archives of selected organisations and societies, 1975; II: A guide to the private papers of selected public servants, 1975; III-IV: A guide to the private papers of members of parliament (1977); V: A guide to the private papers of selected writers, intellectuals and publicists (1978); VI: First consolidated supplement, 1985). (Volume I includes trade union, religious and other bodies, and has appendixes on Ireland, Wales and Scotland).
    • 209. Cook, Chris and others, compilers, The Longman guide to sources in contemporary British history (2 vols, 1994) (volume 1: Organisations and societies; volume 2: Individuals). (A continuation of 208 above for the post- 1945 period. An appendix to volume 2 includes some military, Indian and colonial figures.)
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    • 211. Hazlehurst, Cameron and Woodland, Christine, compilers, A guide to the papers of British cabinet ministers 1900-1951 (Royal Historical Society, 1974.) (A second edition, extended to 1964, is in preparation.)
    • 212. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Papers of British cabinet ministers 1782-1900 (Guides to Sources for British History no 1, 1982).
    • 213. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Papers of British Politicians 1782-1900 (ibid no 7, 1989). (Includes Irishmen.)
    • 214. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Papers of British diplomats 1782- 1900 (ibid no 4, 1985). (And see also 255.)
    • 215. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Papers of British colonial governors 1782-1900 (ibid no 5, 1986).
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    • 230. Schurer, Kevin and Arkell, Tom, eds, Surveying the people: the interpretation and use of document sources for the study of population in the later seventeenth century (1992). (Deals with the hearth tax, poll taxes, etc.) (See also 104, 106, 130.)
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    • 234. Swann, Brenda and Turnbull, Maureen, Records of interest to social scientists 1919 to 1939 (Public Record Office Handbooks nos 14, 16 and 18, 1971-8).
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