Thanks to our hard work attending workshops, writing to the dean, and lobbying librarians and professors, the Claremont Colleges Library system now offers the State Papers Online, Domestic, for our use! This is a fabulous resource for all early modernists, only available at select universities and research libraries, and we encourage everyone to try it out! Full scans of early modern documents and calendars of the items are available and searchable. Don’t miss out on this research opportunity! Letters, accounts, coded documents, depositions, drafted acts of parliament, and more!
About State Papers Online
State Papers Online, 1509-1714 is a collection of English government documents originating from the 16th and 17th centuries. The papers feature the office archives and correspondence of the secretaries of state serving the Monarch as facsimile manuscript documents accessed directly or via the fully searchable Calendar. This collection contains information on every facet of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering as well as Britain’s international relations and foreign policy. Users have the ability to cross search the Calendars and access the documents directly from their individual Calendar entries. By overcoming the difficulty of matching an individual Calendar entry to the original facsimile document, State Papers Online, 1509–1714 marks a huge advance for historians in all disciplines, both as a research tool and as a teaching resource. State Papers Online includes:
- Letters to and from local officers or private persons
- Letter to and from the monarchs
- Letters to and from the Secretaries of State
- Documents in cipher
- Letters to and from ambassadors abroad
- Instructions to commissioners and to special missions
- Depositions, documents covering the Crown’s revenues and possessions
- Private papers and papers produced by the office’s internal administration
- Drafts of proposals or of acts of Parliament
- More than 200,000 searchable manuscript pages, along with searchable calendars.