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Important Historical Sets

The following paper collections can be found in the University of Alberta Libraries:

  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office Official Documents (1997-    ), GOV DOC UK1 FO..., BARD
  • Earlier documents from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Foreign Office, and the Colonial Office, GOV DOC UK1 CO..., BARD
  • Index of British Treaties 1101-1968 - JX 636 1970 P26 1970 – Reference, Rutherford Library North
  • Treaty series [1970-present] - JX 636 1892 G786 - Weir Law Library

The following microformat collections can be found in Rutherford Library North and/or BARD (follow the title links for more information):

The following digitized collections include government documents (follow the title link for more information and access):

United Kingdom State Papers

Calendars of State Papers
State Papers in Microformat:
Indices and descriptions of State Papers:

UK Government Resources

Parliamentary Papers

Parliamentary papers record the deliberations of Parliament. Note that "parliamentary papers" and "sessional papers" are occasionally used interchangeably. In fact, the latter refers to the working papers of parliament.

Hansard/Debates
  • Parliamentary Debates - Commons and Lords 1803-1908
    • Selected years available in print, GOV DOC UK1 X1 D21, Rutherford Library South and also in microcard (1803-1908) and microfilm (1830-1902) on the 2nd Floor of Rutherford Library North
  • Debates of the House of Commons 1909-
    • 1909-1998: Selected years available in print, GOV DOC UK1 X1 D25, Rutherford Library South
    • Nov. 1984-current: microfiche, 2nd Floor, Rutherford Library North            
  • Debates of the House of Lords 1909-
    • 1909-1998: Selected years available in print, GOV DOC UK1 X1 D25, Rutherford Library South
    • Nov. 1984-current: microfiche, 2nd Floor, Rutherford Library North
Journals (House of Commons)
Journals: House of Lords
See Also:

Sessional Papers

Sessional Papers are the working papers of Parliament and include bills (drafts of legislation), reports (from committees, commissioners, etc.), accounts (including statistical information) and papers (documents conveying information or decisions to the members of Parliament).

Select parliamentary papers published between 1801-1899 are also available in the Irish University Press Series at GOV DOC UK1 X8, BARD. This 1000 volume set of selected 19th century parliamentary papers is organized by subject volumes. They can be found in the Libraries Catalogue by including the phrase “Irish University Press Series” in the title field. Or, use the print index: Checklist of British parliamentary papers in the Irish University Press 1000-volume series, 1801-1899, GOV DOC UK1 X8 72C31 - BARD.

Select command papers can also be requested from the Book and Record Depository (BARD):