200 volumes of State Papers now online

This is not the same project that I posted about back in November and 85% of this project is available for free. See more info below:

Putting the Complete Calendars of State Papers Online

British History Online is pleased to announce that 200 volumes in the AHRC-funded State Papers project are now live. The goal of the project is to complete the digitisation of the Calendars of State Papers in verbatim transcriptions of at least 99.9% accuracy.

The Calendars of State Papers are summaries of hundreds of thousands of handwritten documents relating to the administration of England, and its foreign relations, in the early modern period. Highlights of the AHRC project are Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, State Papers Foreign, Elizabeth I, and State Papers, Colonial; these important documents are now freely accessible to the academic community and the general public alike.

In order to foster scholarly collaboration we have also included a feature which allows any interested user to update, correct, or enhance the calendars for the benefit of all. We plan to make the remaining 150 books in this project live within the next twelve months.

The total number of volumes on British History Online is now just over 800, of which 85 percent are completely free; the remainder – of which the State Papers, Domestic, series is part – is included in a subscription service.

Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, v. 1 to 21

Calendars of State Papers, Foreign, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I (v. 1 to 23)

Calendars of State Papers, colonial


· British History Online (BHO) was established in 2002, with funding from The Andrew W Mellon Foundation, as a digital library for the history of Britain. It makes available, in common format, a wide range of historical resources that are fully searchable and browsable. BHO currently receives an average of more than a million page views per month.

· The IHR, under its Director, Professor Miles Taylor, offers a wide range of services to historians from the UK and around the world, promoting excellence in scholarship and teaching through its library, seminars, conferences, publications, fellowships and training, and the work of its three research centres. The IHR is a constituent Institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. For further information on the IHR, please see www.history.ac.uk.

· The AHRC funds postgraduate training and research in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. The quality and range of research supported not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please see www.ahrc.ac.uk.

Thanks to Jonathan for the email!

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  1. Ahhh mystery solved! I have been using the site for the last month but I kept thinking….some of the State Papers are missing? I guess I will have to pay for a subscription to get the rest. Thanks for posting. This was driving me crazy.

  2. I pay either 30 USD or 30 GBP (can’t remember which-think I ran it through paypal) for full access to the state papers on this site. It’s incredibly useful.

    HOWEVER, The page numbers are not available so you must reference using the supplied url. The display is not a traditional page display, as are the Tanner Ritchie products, making the visual format a little different to read and use – a bit difficult reading the next page of a search instead of the next searched page. I am not convinced that the searching is 100% complete. Nevertheless it is extremely useful to have so much information at one’s fingertips. Cengage-the publisher of the state papers for institutional libraries mentioned back in November – has their work cut out for them if they want to stay competitive.

  3. I understand British History Online is transcribing from the calendars of State Papers rather than digitising ? Does anyone know whether British History Online or Cengage are publishing the manuscripts as some of the calendars are very questionable indeed. Any transcription of the calendars regardless of the accuracy is no replacement for viewing the original manuscript.

  4. The Cengage database has scans of the original handwritten documents.

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