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CO 326. Registers, General [textual record (some microform)]. 

Series consists of



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1 microfilm reel negative & positive.
6.3 cm of textual records photostats.

Scope and content

Colonial Office 326 is composed of the Board of Trade registers and indexes for letters received and sent, and of the minutes of the Board referring both to its trade and colonial papers between 1635 and 1787. This class also includes the general registers of the colonial letters received in the Secretary of State's office between 1810 and 1849. This material is available on microfilm reel B-1626. The four volumes (45-48) of CO 326 copied by the National Archives of Canada contain the Board of Trade and Secretary of State registers of original correspondence for Newfoundland (CO 194) and Nova Scotia and Cape Breton (CO 217), from 1703 to 1758. Each volume is divided into two distinct sections: first, a register for the Board of Trade, original correspondence; second, a register for the Secretary of State, original correspondence. The following list provides the Index Room number assigned by the Public Record Office to each volume of CO 326, as well as the appropriate volumes of filed correspondence and the dates covered by the register: CO 326, vol. 45 sections 1 and 2, Room Number 8345, Years 1703-1758, Filed Correspondence CO 194, vols. 3-13, and volumes 22-23 respectively; CO 326, vol. 46, Room Number 8346, Year 1758, Filed Correspondence CO 194, volumes 14[?]; CO 326, vol. 47 sections 1 and 2, Room Number 8347 sections 1 and 2, Years 1712-1750, Filed Correspondence CO 217, vols. 1-9 and 31-32 respectively; CO 326, vol. 48 sections 1 and 2, Room Number 8348, Years 1750-1758, Filed Correspondence CO 217, vols. 10-16 and 33-34 respectively.

Textual records: microform
90: Open
Textual records
Microfilm reel B-1626
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
from 45 to 48
90: Open
Former archival reference no.

Finding aid no. 90, British Records on Microfilm, lists the material on microfilm. MSS0090 (Paper)

Additional information

Arrangement note
Correspondence entered in the first section of each volume displays the Board of Trade arrangement of papers, whereby bundles of correspondence for each colony were assigned an alphabetical letter and the constituent documents numbered in chronological order of receipt by the Board. Apparently, when an arbitrary amount of material was accumulated under each letter (e.g., Newfoundland, O 1-160, P 1-66, Q 1-128), the letter in use was discontinued and the following alphabetical letter was utilized, beginning again at number 1 for each new letter. Much of this material was later bound in to volumes.

The basic principle of arrangement used in the Secretary of State section of the register was essentially chronological. Only some of the original correspondence of the Secretary of State relating to the Colonial Office was entered in CO 326. The information provided includes only the date and a brief description of the correspondence.

Subject heading

1. Nova Scotia.
2. Colonies Administration. Grande-Bretagne
3. Colonies Administration. Great Britain
4. Great Britain. Secretary of State.
5. Cape Breton Island (N.S.)
6. Newfoundland and Labrador.
7. Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador.
8. Colonies Commerce. Great Britain
9. Colonies Commerce. Grande-Bretagne
10. Great Britain. Board of Trade.
11. Colonies Great Britain North America.
12. Colonies Grande-Bretagne Amérique du Nord.
13. Grande-Bretagne. Board of trade.


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