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Submitted by email@example.com on Wed, 08/13/2008 - 17:08.
How can I find reports from the old British colonies (worldwide)?
British Colonial Office annual reports on colonies, now countries, have been issued in the Parliamentary Papers series. To access these, you need to know the year, paper number, and country of the report(s) you want. As a first step, you should check this finding list for report numbers.
Print copies of these Annual Reports published before 1922 are available in Green Library British Documents, Parliamentary Papers, Accounts and Papers (J301.K63). Print versions of these and other years' reports are shelved in SAL under the general series (325.342 .G787), bound in parliamentary paper order, not by year. To find these, go to Searchworks and set "location" to "Stanford Auxiliary Library On Campus." Then search under "Author" for "Great Britain Colonial Office."
A complete collection is also available in the Parliamentary Papers microfiche: MFICHE 446, British Documents, Jonsson Library of Government Documents, Green Library, Bing Wing, Cabinets 31 through 35. The microfiche (1801-1900) is indexed in print at SSRC Z2019 .C62 1991, and by CD-ROM in the Information Center, Green Library, East Wing, CD-ROM Station No. 2: Index to the House of Commons Papers. Later reports are shelved under LC call numbers.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 11:03.
How can I find records of votes, by member, for the House of Commons in the 19th Century?
Historical answer on Divisions:
The detailed lists of members' votes were not included in the bound sets of the PP. Over time, they were placed in various locations of Commons business: in Votes and Proceedings, or as a separate publication. The Parliament kept no official record of members' votes until 1836. Before then, unofficial lists appeared in newspaper accounts, letters, or manuscripts. For details about member votes for the late 18th and early 19th centuries, see Voting Records of the British House of Commons, 1761-1820, by Donald E. Ginter.
We have an online version of the 19th Century House of Commons Papers, but it doesn't include the . So for the 19th C, we must depend on the microfiche set of Division Lists. They cover the votes from 1836 to 1910. (We also have a microfiche set of the PP.) One approach is to check the Debates, find out if a division was taken, then use the Division Lists microfiche for the record of the votes.
The Chadwyck-Healey Subject Catalogue [index] of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1801-1900, which goes with their Parliamentary Papers fiche, includes a subject finding list of the Division Lists from 1842 to 1900, in Vol. 1, pp. 153-154. These can be searched in the online PP by searching "return of the number of divisions" using a date limit of 1842-1900. These are subject lists, with total votes on each bill, and do not include members' names. For names, you'll need the microfiche of the Division Lists.
Below are the catalog records for our holdings of the Parliamentary Debates. Currently, the Debates are not available in electronic format before 1988.
From 1988 on, the debates are available online from the House of Commons.