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Centre for Newfoundland Studies - Colonial Papers



Colonial Office 194 series (CO 194 series)
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This series contains original correspondence, despatches and their enclosures that were sent to the Board of Trade and to the Secretary of State from the civil administrators at Newfoundland during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It contains reports and petitions that relate to the fishery, trade and defence of Newfoundland. Vols. 1-20 include correspondence with the Board of Trade, 1696-1782; vol. 21 is a "Miscellaneous" volume for 1730-1793; vols. 22-120 comprise correspondence with the Secretary of State, 1702-1844; vol. 37 is a "Miscellaneous" volume for 1783-1786; vol. 41 contains "Promiscuous Papers" for 1771-1798.

The scans of volumes 1-120 were made from the originals that are housed at The National Archives of the UK in Kew, England (formerly Public Records Office). These scans were made thanks to a generous grant from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Microfilm reels of the complete CO 194 series up to vol. 303 (1922) can be found in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies in the Queen Elizabeth II Library of Memorial University of Newfoundland.


D'Alberti papers
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This 34 volume set contains typewritten transcripts of handwritten originals of Newfoundland material obtained from British colonial files; much of it from the Colonial Secretary’s Letterbook for 1780 to 1825. The years 1785-1789 are missing.
An index is present at the beginning of each volume.

The D’Alberti sisters, who made the transcriptions, were commissioned to go through the manuscript series by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1924-1925.

More details can be found in the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador and this blog entry from the Centre for Newfoundland Studies.
Despatches from the Governor of Newfoundland to the Secretary of State [for the Colonies], 1800-1826.
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This 6 volume set contains typewritten copies of handwritten transcripts of despatches from the Governor of Newfoundland to the Secretary of State for the Colonies in the British Colonial Office, 1800-26. Volumes are organized in date order with an index at the beginning. v. 1 : 1800-1813 -- v. 2 : 1814-1815 -- v. 3 : 1816-1817 -- v. 4 : 1818-1821 -- v. 5 : 1822-1825 -- v. 6 : 1825-1826.

Despatches received by the Governor of Newfoundland from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1800-1825.
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This 3 volume set contains typewritten copies of handwritten transcripts of despatches from the Secretary of State for the Colonies in the British Colonial Office to the Governor of Newfoundland, 1800-25. Volumes are organized in date order with an index at the beginning. v. 1 : 1800-1813 -- v. 2 : 1814-1819 -- v. 3 : 1820-1825.

See also:
A Reader's Guide to the History of Newfoundland and Labrador to 1869
and The Colonial Office 194 Series (summaries of vols. 1-152, 1696-1858)
and The Colonial Secretary’s Letterbook (summaries of vols. 1-15, 1749-1800)
all by Olaf U. Janzen, Professor of History (Retired), Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland



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