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Miscellaneous series, 1600-1974 [microform] / as filmed by the AJCP
Bib ID 7836120
Format MicroformMicroform, ManuscriptManuscript
Description Canberra : Australian Joint Copying Project, [19--] 
3086 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. 

Australian Joint Copying Project part 8


Archives and manuscripts filmed as part of the Miscellaneous Series range from those held in the British Library and the National Libraries of Wales, Scotland and Ireland to material in university libraries, county record offices, museums, religious archives, learned societies, business archives and private homes. Although private records predominate, the Miscellaneous Series encompasses some official records, including selections from the archives of the Hydrographic Office, the Post Office and the Ministry of Defence. There is also, anomalously, a small amount of film acquired from the Public Record Office. In addition, local government records, mostly relating to convict transportation, were filmed at several county and city record offices. The great strength of the Miscellaneous Series is in material dating from the nineteenth century. This applies in particular to emigrant diaries and letters, convict records, the archives of missionary societies, scientific records and the papers of politicians and officials. Eighteenth-century material consists mainly of maritime records, including logs and journals of most of the early British explorers of the Pacific. Despite weakening links between Britain and its Pacific colonies, twentieth-century material is far from negligible and includes important sources on imperial relations, migration, trade, public finance, business, wars and defence, and scientific research. The AJCP staff searched for Australian and Pacific records throughout England and Scotland. The wide coverage is apparent from the list of repositories on pages xii-xix. In Wales and Northern Ireland filming was largely confined to the National Library of Wales and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. In Ireland the collections searched and filmed were mostly held in repositories in Dublin. No searching was undertaken outside Britain and Ireland. The Miscellaneous Series, however, incorporates a few European collections, especially German official records, which were acquired from various sources. Most of the records filmed are held in repositories which, whether public or private, are in varying degrees open to the public. The remainder are personal papers which are in the possession of individuals or families. They range from the papers of well-known explorers and governors to letters and diaries sent back to Britain by ordinary emigrants and travellers. The AJCP never undertook any systematic search for records in private possession. Over many years, however, it benefited from information supplied by Australian and New Zealand researchers working in Britain, as well as from the knowledge of British archivists, and located and copied papers that had been largely unknown and inaccessible. Although the owners are recorded in this handbook, it must be borne in mind that in many instances their records were filmed 20-30 years ago and the originals may well be held elsewhere or may have been lost or destroyed. Researchers should be aware of some of the gaps in the Miscellaneous Series. A small number of institutions would not allow their collections to be copied. In a few instances, notably the British Library, the Bodleian Library and Lambeth Palace Library, the AJCP was only allowed to copy records over 100 years old, because of copyright restrictions. Wherever possible, searching was thorough, making use of indexes and finding-aids and a close examination of collections likely to contain relevant material. Nevertheless, there were some categories of records that were extremely bulky and where references to Australia and New Zealand were thinly scattered and seldom of much significance. This applied in particular to parish records, records of Boards of Guardians, and financial papers and other records of businesses. In such cases filming was quite selective.


National Library of Australia holds microfilm master.

Filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project by the National Library of Australia and the Library of New South Wales.

Original held by Public Record Office, London.

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Australian Joint Copying Project handbook. Part 8 : Miscellaneous series

Subjects Australia -- History -- Sources.  |  New Zealand -- History -- Sources.
Time Coverage 1600-1974 
Other authors/contributors Australian Joint Copying Project  |  National Library of Australia  |  Library of New South Wales  |  Great Britain. Public Record Office


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