Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

3/9/2004

India Office Private Papers

The India Office Private Papers of the Asia Pacific and Africa Collections of the British Library comprise about three hundred collections and over three thousand smaller deposits of papers relating primarily to the British experience in India. Though often including papers similar to or complementing the much more extensive official archives of the India Office Records, the Private Papers are distinguished from the Records by their provenance from private sources.

They trace their origin to the decision in 1801 of the Directors of the East India Company to establish a Library for the safe custody of books and manuscripts placed in their care by their servants in India and others. Gifts of papers are still received and the Library occasionally purchases papers.

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