Making the most of SPO1
Isabel Holowaty, OULS History Librarian
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Intro
• State papers (SP) contain correspondence between the sovereign
and his/her ministers and chief officers and between the latter and
their subordinates concerning affairs of state, supplemented by
reports, estimates of expenditure, accounts of moneys received,
records of military affairs, proposals and plans for the government of
the country, and petitions from individuals.
Original mss in The National Archives (Kew), BL, etc.
Microfilmed and partially held in URR K11.1-2.
• State Papers Domestic (SPD) All the state papers accumulated in
the offices of the principal Secretaries of State from the access of
Henry VIII onwards. Summaries have been published in calendars.
• Calendar of State Papers (CSP) A chronological listing of
summaries of what the editor deems to be the essential data
contained in a series of documents. Not always accurate
summaries; selective; varying quality; numbering system different to
the original mss. Started in 1840 by State Paper Office; still ongoing.
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Intro
• Subscription only to Part 1 :
Domestic Papers, The Tudors 1509-1603
• Other parts not (yet) available in Oxford:
– Domestic Papers (Stuarts) 1604-1714 SPO 3
– Foreign Papers (Tudors & Stuarts) 1509-1714 SPO 2 & 4
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SPO1 Content
Manuscripts/documents
Calendars
Not full-text searchable, search doc ref no. or
find its corresponding calendar entry
Full-text searchable; different
numbering sequence to mss
SP 1: State Papers, Henry VIII: General Series
SP 2: State Papers, Henry VIII: Folios
SP 3: State Papers Foreign and Domestic, Henry
VIII: Lisle Papers
SP 4: State Papers Foreign and Domestic, Henry
VIII: Signatures by Stamp, Henry VIII, 1545-1547
SP 5: State Papers Foreign and Domestic, Henry
VIII: Miscellanea Relating to the Dissolution of the
Monasteries and to the General Surveyors
(Formerly State Papers Henry VIII Suppression
Papers), 1517-1560
SP 6: State Papers Foreign and Domestic, Henry
VIII: Theological Tracts Henry VIII
SP 7: State Papers Foreign and Domestic, Henry
VIII: Wriothesley Papers, 1536-1540
Letters and Papers, Foreign and
Domestic, Henry VIII / J.S.
Brewer & J. Gairdner (18601932)
21 vols. + addenda
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Content
Manuscripts/documents
Calendars
Not full-text searchable, search doc ref
Full-text searchable; different numbering
no. or find its corresponding calendar
sequence to mss
entry
SP 10: State Papers Domestic, Edward VI
1547-1553
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series,
of the Reign of Edward VI, 1547-1553 / C.
S. Knighton (1992)
Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Edward,
Mary and Elizabeth, 1547-80 / ed. by R.
Lemon (1856)
SP 11: Secretaries of State: State Papers
Domestic, Mary I 1553-1558
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series,
of the Reign of Mary I, 1553-1558 / C. S.
Knighton (1998)
Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Edward,
Mary and Elizabeth, 1547-80 / by R.
Lemon (1856)
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Content
Manuscripts/documents
Calendars
Not full-text searchable, search
doc ref no. or find its
corresponding calendar entry
Full-text searchable; different numbering
sequence to mss
SP 12: Secretaries of State: State
Papers Domestic, Elizabeth I
1558-1603
Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Edward, Mary
and Elizabeth, 1547-80 / R. Lemon (1856)
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the
Reign of Elizabeth, 1581-1590 / R. Lemon (1856)
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the
Reign of Elizabeth, 1591-1594 / R. Lemon (1867)
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the
Reign of Elizabeth, 1595-1597 / M.A. Green
(1867)
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the
Reign of Elizabeth, 1598-1601 / M.A. Green
(1867)
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the
Reign of Elizabeth, 1601-1603 + add. / M.A. Green
(1870)
SP 13: Secretaries of State: State
Papers Domestic, Elizabeth
I: Large Documents 1547-1624
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Content
Manuscripts/documents
Calendars
Not full-text searchable, search doc ref
no. or find its corresponding calendar
entry
Full-text searchable; different
numbering sequence to mss
SP 15: Secretaries of State: State Papers
Domestic, Edward VI - James I: Addenda
1547-1625
Various addenda vols of CSPD.
Lansdowne Collection, Burghley Papers
Catalogue of the Lansdowne MSS in the
BL: Part 1 containing the Burghley
Papers (1819)
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Content
Manuscripts/documents
Calendars
Not full-text searchable, search doc ref
no. or find its corresponding calendar
entry
Full-text searchable
A Collection of State Papers, relating to
affairs in the reigns of King Henry VIII, King
Edward VI, Queen Mary, and Queen
Elizabeth, transcribed from original letters
and other authentick memorials, left by
William Cecill Lord Burghley. (1740-59)
2 vols.
This transcript is full-text searchable!
HMC Calendar of the manuscripts of the
Most Hon. the Marquis of Salisbury,
preserved at Hatfield House,
Hertfordshire (1883-1976) v 1-15, 23
[Calendar of Cecil Papers]
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Calendars in BHO
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/
Calendar State Papers in British History Online
• Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII
• Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Edward, Mary and Elizabeth, 1547-80
• Calendar of State Papers Domestic: James I, 1603-1610
• State Papers, Domestic; Calendar (Charles I)
• State Papers, Domestic; Calendar (Interregnum)
• State Papers, Domestic; Calendar (Charles II)
• State Papers, Domestic; Calendar (James II)
• State Papers, Domestic; Calendar (William and Mary)
• State Papers, Domestic; Calendar (Anne)
• Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies
• State Papers, Foreign; Calendar
• State Papers, Ireland; Calendar
• State Papers, Milan; Calendar
• State Papers, Scotland; Calendar
• State Papers, Spain; Calendar
• State Papers, Venice; Calendar
Note: BHO doesn’t include modern rev. eds.
Calendars in BHO are full-text searchable.
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Prefaces to Calendars
• Useful for editorial notes and history of archives &
calendars
• Useful list of abbreviations
• New editions come with “conversion tables”
Preface and Editorial Note to Calendar of State
Papers, Domestic Series, of the reign of Mary I,
1553-1558 / C. S. Knighton (London, 1998) pp.xxvii
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Researching the Tudors
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Biographical research
Tudor government & administration
Social policy and conditions
Economic policy and conditions
Intellectual history; church history
Historical events
Regional as well as national British history
Search by SP and CSP references
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Click on Research Tools.
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Select Calendar Prefaces
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Intro
Citations:
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CSPD EdwVI 223 = Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the
Reign of Edward VI, 1547-53, entry no. 223 (15 May 1549)
CSPD 1598-1601 p393 = Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the
Reign of Elizabeth, 1598-1601 (1867) page 393
LP, V, p147, 313 = Letters & Papers, foreign and domestic, of the Reign of
Henry VIII, Volume V: 1531-32 (1880), page 147, entry 313.
TNA SP 11/1 = The National Archives, State Papers 11/1 (Queen Mary I)
RO / PRO SP 12/238 f.36 = The National Archives, State Papers 12/238
folio 36 (Queen Elizabeth I)
http://go.galegroup.com/mss/researchTools.do?userGroupName=oxford&prodId=SPOL
Dates: Calendar years v regnal years
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Some documents are dated by the regnal year rather than the calendar
year. The regnal year starts on the day the monarch came to the throne.
Example:
1 Elizabeth I means the first year of the reign of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth I
came to the throne on 17 November 1558, so 1 Elizabeth I means some
time between 17 November 1558 and 16 November 1559.
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Accessing SPO1
• Via OxLIP+ or SOLO
• Search for SPO or State Papers in title field.
• Listed in Early Modern, 1500-1800 section in History
subject list on OxLIP+.
• Doesn’t like Firefox. Use IE.
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Searching
• All – searches all in words in all calendars volumes,
including indexes
• Calendars/transcript entries – all words in calendar
/transcript entries
• Document title – only within titles of calendar/transcripts
• Document Reference number – search for mss in
particular series or vol. of that series
• Place of writing
• Author/writer
• Recipient
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Index in a Calendar
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Searching
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Search full-text of calendars
Limit by reigns / years
Wildcards: Witch*
Proximity operators
– Within: Queen w3 Scots
– Near: Neville n3 Sir
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Fuzzy searches
• Fuzzy search settings can enhance your
search by retrieving near matches on a
term or terms : Low, Medium, High
• full-text search on “bishop" with fuzzy
searching set at Med will return results
containing “bishop," “bishops,"
“archbishop,“ etc.
Examples: habour~low
queen~med
“king of england”~high
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Searching
• Full-text searching:
– Calendars & transcripts
– Use wildcards, fuzzy searches, limits
– Refine to collection and indexes
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Ref searches
Example:
Visitation of Monasteries (1536)
Document Ref.: SP 1/102 f.84
Calendar Entry: LP x, 364
Task:
1. Search for MSS by Document Reference
2. Search for Calendar by calendar entry & title
3. Browse by MSS
4. Browse by Calendar
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1. Search for MSS by
Document Reference
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Select Document reference
number index
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Ignore TNA, PRO, etc.
Not case sensitive.
Use correction punctuation.
Enter string in quotation marks
to search as a phrase.
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Ignore
View full citations or view mss
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Expand the Calendar entry.
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Search for the whole file
by leaving out the folio
number.
Need a min. number of
characters. E.g. the
following won’t work:
SP 1*
SP 1/*
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You can sort by
document reference
number
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View mss
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Citing mss or calendar
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2. LP x, 364 Search for
calendar by document title,
entry number and reign
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Click on
Browse
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Volume is part of
the Calendar
volume title, not
calendar entry or
document title
3. Browse for
SP 1/102 f.84
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Click on Browse Calendar
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4. Browse for
LP x, 364
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If you only have the entry
number, you will have to guess
the page!
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Use page
number if you
have one.
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HMCS
PAUL E. J. HAMMER
The Uses of Scholarship: The Secretariat of Robert
Devereux, Second Earl of Essex, c. 1585–1601
English Historical Review, 1994; CIX: 26 - 51. p39
If you only have a vol. & page number, use Browse
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HMCS
If you have an entry number, use Advanced
Search.
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Tips
• If you have an entry number, a calendar title, recipient,
etc. use Advanced Search.
• If you only have a volume and page number, use
Browse Calendar.
• Quick Reference for Doc Ref search
“SP 1/102 f.84”
“Lansdowne vol /53 f.184”
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The Future
Upgrade in end of June ‘09:
1. Ability to limit to one Calendar volume
e.g. L&P Vol. 10
2.
New search index ‘Entry number’
Raise funds for SPO 2-4!
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Questions & Hands-on
• If OxLIP+ doesn’t load, use
http://tinyurl.com/l52wew for now.
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