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Administering the Empire, 1801-1968 by Mandy Banton; University of London, Institute of Historical Research Staff (Contribution by)

ISBN: 9781905165292

Publication Date: 2008-05-01

This important new guide is an introduction to the records of British government departments responsible for the administration of colonial affairs, and now held in The National Archives of the United Kingdom. It covers the period from about 1801 to 1966.It has been planned as a user-friendly guide concentrating on the organisation of the records, the information they are likely to provide and how to use the contemporary finding aids. It also provides an outline of the expansion of the British empire during the period, and discusses the organisation of colonial governments.

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Displaced Archives by James Lowry (Editor)

Call Number: eBook

ISBN: 9781315577609

Publication Date: 2017-02-17

Displaced archives have long been a problem and their existence continues to trouble archivists, historians and government officials. Displaced Archives brings together leading international experts to comprehensively explore the current state of affairs for the first time. Drawing on case studies from around the world, the authors examine displaced archives as a consequence of conflict and colonialism, analysing their impact on government administration, nation building, human rights and justice. Renewed action is advocated through considerations of the legal approaches to repatriation, the role of the international archival community, 'shared heritage' approaches and other solutions. The volume offers new theoretical, technical and political insights and will be essential reading for practitioners, academics and students in the field of archives, cultural property and heritage management, as well as history, politics and international relations.


  • We are currently working on creating a digital finding aid for the microfilm and microfiche collection to replace the card catalogue. 

  • There is a basic list (work in progress) included below, but please ask us and we are happy for you to browse the drawers.

How to view

  • To view the microfiche or microfilms please get in touch with us so that we can arrange for you to use the digital viewer/scanner at the Centre of South Asian Studies. 

  • If the digital scanner is in use, we also have a traditional microfilm viewer that you are welcome to use.


  • Church Missionary Society Africa Collections (Parts 3, 4, 8 & 9 on the Missions to the Yoruba): a print guide in the Library is available to consult for further details

  • Gakaara wa Wanjau Papers

  • Institute of Commonwealth Studies: Political Ephemera. See the booklet held in the Library outlining the ICS collection for more details.

  • World Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development 1978- Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations Collection

  • Statistics & growth development plans from various Francophone countries

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