Political Correspondence

Document from [1948] to [1966]
Finding Aids:

Available are: Online catalogue (The National Archives website), detailed lists, some original registers of correspondence and annual indexes to FO correspondence for 1920 - 1951.The 1920-51 index (Kraus-Thomson Org. Public.)

Access Conditions:

Under the terms of the Public Records Acts 1958 and 1967 documents are transferred after 30 years to The National Archives and opened to the public.

Extent and Medium:

approx. 4500 files


Contains all files of all departments of the Foreign Office (since 1968 Foreign and Commonwealth Office). European integration and related issues were the responsibility of the Mutual Aid Department. In 1959 its name was changed into European Economic Organisations Department. In further information the list numbers of the files per year are specified. 1948 FO 371/71746-72026 (European Recovery: General) FO 371/73045-73114 (Western: General) 1949 FO 371/77733-78146 (European Recovery: General) FO 371/79210-79291 (Western: General) FO 371/79912-80123 (Western: Western Union) 1950 FO 371/86968-87387 (European Recovery) FO 371/88930-88950 (Western: General) FO 371/89848-90058 (Western Organisations)(89931-90058 mainly NATO issues) 1951 FO 371/94122-94436 (Mutual Aid: General) FO 371/95948-95959 (Western: General) FO 371/96300-96641 (Western Organisations) 1952 FO 371/100148-100312 (Mutual Aid: General) FO 371/102287-102446, 102464-102560 (Western Organisations) 1953 FO 371/105818-105868, 105887-106077 (Mutual Aid) FO 371/107900-108000, 108004-108081 (Western Organisations) 1954 FO 371/111169-111330 (Mutual Aid) FO 371/113217-113452 (Western Organisations) 1955: FO371/116038 thru 116057 1956: FO371/122022 thru 122061 1957: FO371/128331 thru 128396 1958: FO371/134486 thru 134530 1959: FO371/142487 thru 142569 (Mutual Aid) FO371/141134 thru 141139 (Western Organisations) FO371/146249 thru 146269 (Economic Relations Department) 1960: FO371/150148 thru 150309 1961: FO371/158066 thru 158378 1962: FO371/164614 thru 164870 1963: FO371/172256 thru 171506 1964: FO371/ 177310 thru 177403 1965: FO371/182267 thru 182490 1966: FO371/188240 thru 188474

Fonds Creator:

Foreign Office - Mutual Aid Department / European Economic Organisations Department

Reproduction Conditions:

Photocopies of documents, 35mm microfilm, electrostatic prints, prints from film, bromide print, scanned images, black and white photographs and colour photographs can be supplied. Official certified copies may also be ordered.

Legal Status Notes:

Records are subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. Where copyright items are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

Publication Notes:

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