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India Office Records Official Publications

Collection Details

India Office Records Official Publications held at Asian and African Studies [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

This collection provides near-comprehensive coverage of British India central and local government publications up to 1947 and also includes British statutes, parliamentary journals, debates and papers and other British official publications relating to Indian affairs. The publications of the Indian states, with the exception of administration reports, are not generally to be found in the collection.

History and development

The official publications section of the India Office Records contains the volumes which formed the reference collection maintained by the Record Department of the India Office. Following the independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, the India Office Records (with the India Office Library) passed eventually to the control of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1982 the administration of the India Office Library and Records was transferred to the British Library Board.


The official publications contain full and readily accessible information about the activities of the East India Company and all aspects of British government in India and conditions in India.

General arrangement and access regulations

A closed access collection. The Official Publications are a sub-fonds of the India Office Records. They are assigned the reference V in the India Office Records alpha-numeric classification scheme.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia.


Bangladesh, Burma, India, Pakistan.

Languages of material



Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Communication and media, Development, Economics, Education, Environmental sciences, Geography, History, Human rights, Industries, Language, Law, Medicine, Politics and government, Religion, Science and technology, Sociology, Travel.

Names relevant to the collection:

  • East India Company, 1600-1858
  • Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India, 1784-1858
  • India Office, 1858-1947
  • Burma Office, 1937-1948

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Official publications, Public records.

Total size of collection

C 70,000 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Content date range

1750 to 1957 AD

Collection policy

Governed by the Public Records Acts.

Collection Catalogue Information


The catalogue is available on the Access to Archives (A2A) web-site hosted by the Public Record Office.

Collection printed catalogues

A General Guide to the India Office Records.
Moir, Martin.
London, 1988.

Selections from the Records of the Government of India 1849 - 1937.
Sims, John.
London, 1987.

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