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Arms of the United Company of Merchants Trading to the East Indies

The India Office Records are the documentary archives of the administration in London of the pre-1947 government of India. They comprise the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), of the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784-1858), of the India Office (1858-1947), of the Burma Office (1937-1948), and of a number of related British agencies overseas. The India Office Records are administered by The British Library as part of the Public Records of the United Kingdom, and are open for public consultation under the provisions of the Public Record Acts and in accordance with regulations established by the Lord Chancellor.

This is the first in a series of pages which together introduce the India Office Records, explain the arrangement of the Records with a list of classes of documents, and offer suggestions for further reading on the archives and history of the East India Company and the India Office.

Some of our catalogues can be consulted as part of the ‘London Archives on the Wider World’ theme on A2A – Access to Archives: the English strand of the UK archives network.

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