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reflect the sequence in which papers were ordered to be printed,
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published with the House of Commons journals, they became a separate
series in 1833, numbered sequentially in brackets, later with a
prefix. The Command Papers were unnumbered until 1836, when
numbers were assigned retroactively starting in 1833. The
numbers often do not appear on the paper itself, but are in the
table of contents for each bound volume.
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few are found before 1810. General (cumulative) and subject
indexes appeared beginning in the 1830's.
|1833 – 1868/69
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|1870 – 1899
||[C.1] – [C.9550]
||initially [No. 1], then like [C. 18]
|1900 – 1918
||[Cd.1] – [Cd.9239]
|1919 – 1955/56
||[Cmd.1] – Cmd.9889
||square brackets discontinued in 1922
|1956/57 – 1985/86
||Cmnd.1 – Cmnd.9927
Contemporary transcripts of the Parliamentary debates were published
by Cobbett (1803-1812) and Hansard (continuing from 1812), and The
Mirror of Parliament (1828-41). These were often newspaper
reports with corrections by the speakers themselves, so they are not
strictly verbatim, but eventually stenographers were employed and
The Acts of Parliament include Public and General Acts, Local and
Private Acts, and Measures passed by the National Assembly of the
Church of England. When a Bill is passed by both Houses, it
must receive a Royal Assent before becoming an Act, and that
provides the official date of the Act.
More details of, and additional links to, the Parliamentary
publications, catalogues, indexes, etc., can be found in the
accompanying list Papers of
the British House of Commons (working notes). Of the
many separately-published indexes and catalogues, only one is
specific to the Post Office:
Indexes to Parliamentary Reports and Papers relating to the Post
Office and Postage: 1735-1839.
- 1840 (10) XLII.1, iv + 74 + 278 + 64 + 9 + 49 p.
- I, 1735-1824, Franking, Revenue, Establishment, Palmer's
Mails, Fees, Ship Letters, 74 p.
- II, 1829-1835, Inquiry into Revenue and Management, 278 p.
- III, 1835-1838, Revenue, Mail Coach Contracts, Uniform Rate
of Postage, 64 p.
- IV, 1831-1838, Conveyance by Railways; Miscellaneous,
1801-1839, 9 p.
- V, 1735-1839, Analysis of Indexes, 49 p. [index to
parts I, II, III]
- PDF [ProQuest]
The digital collection ProQuest U.K.
Parliamentary Papers is available through most large
university libraries; it is a subscription service with restrictions
on secondary access. The ProQuest collection is the only
complete searchable digital source of the bills, reports and papers
for the period 1800-2000 (roughly). Actually, some documents
are missing, some are "mangled", and the index of titles has a few
errors, but on the whole the collection is much more complete than
- Two titles are listed for each document. The first is
the "Cockton Title", which is discussed below. The second
is the title from the document itself. Use the first for
searches on ProQuest, and the second for searches on the Web.
The Hansard digital
collection of debates from 1803 to 2005 is nearly complete; it is
searchable and includes easily-accessed information about the
Members of Parliament.
- The Cockton Titles are used for searches. The title
list can easily be sorted by publication date.
- The Basic Search can easily locate bills and papers by session
and number, when a correct reference is available.
- The Advanced Search can be limited to a range of years, and to
subgroups of publications,
- Bills and Acts, 1695-2015
- Command Papers, 1833-2015
- House of Commons Papers, 1715-2015
- House of Lords Papers, 1714-1805
- Hansard, 1803-2005
- Journals, 1688-1834
- Debates, 1774-1805
- Histories and Proceedings, 1660-1743
Google Books has a large assortment of the Parliamentary Papers
as entire volumes, but apparently not all. Oxford University
contributed many volumes, but there seems to be no reliable
inventory, and the search mechanism is incomplete.
The Internet Archive has a large collection of individual bills
and reports, British
Parliamentary Publications contributed by the Library
at the University of Southampton, but the larger reports are
often missing their Appendix, which may be the most interesting
part. The bills and papers related to Ireland have been
taken up by EPPI, Enhanced
British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland, which offers free
search and access.
A 1000-volume reprint of selected papers was made by the Irish
University Press in 1968-72, covering the period 1801-1899,
organized by subject. Posts and Telegraphs filled 8 volumes,
and Newspapers 2 volumes. An additional volume is devoted to
the transatlantic postal service, 1846-1892. For more
information, see the notes below.
For various library holdings and guides, see
For current information, see http://www.parliament.uk/
If all else fails, contact the Parliamentary
Archives or the British
Library. Complaining to Google probably won't bring
The Irish University Press 1000-volume reprint series, 1968-72, was
edited with the cooperation of Prof. Peter Ford and Grace Ford,
University of Southampton. It is arranged in volumes by
subject matter, and then chronologically within a volume. The
selections tend toward policy issues, and do not attempt complete
coverage of the subjects.
Posts and Telegraphs, 8 volumes
Newspapers, 2 volumes
|1837-38 (278) XX Pt.I.1
|Select Committee on Postage, first report
|1837-38 (708) XX Pt.I.517
|-- third report
|1837-38 (658) XX Pt.II.1
|-- second report
|1867-68 (435) XI.1
|Electric Telegraphs Bill
|1867-68 (435-I) XI.333
|1868-69 (348) VI.651
|1843 (564) VIII.1
|Rate of Postage, Conveyance of Letters
|1854  XXVII.397
|Report upon the Post Office
|1877 (289) XXVII.261
|1867-68 (202) XLI.555
|Post Office Control of Electric Telegraphs
|1870 (336) X.613
|Telegraph Acts Extension Bill
|1871 [C.304] XXXVII.703
|Reorganization of Telegraph System
|1876 (357) XIII.1
|Post Office Telegraph Dept.
|1897 (121) XLIV.1
|1897 (163) XLIV.37
|1895 (350) XIII.21
|1898 (383) XII.1
There are further selections related to postal services in Australia
(1856-1869), Canada (1828-1889), Cape of Good Hope (1873), and East
Africa (1890). Two additional sets of Area Studies were
published (112 volumes), including selections related to postal
affairs in China and Japan, and the United States of America.
These are all referenced in our sessional listings, and the volumes
are detailed below.
|1851 (558) XVII.1
|Select Committee on Newspaper Stamps
|1814-15 (137) X.385
|Newspapers sent post-free to the colonies
|1814-15 (139) X.391
|Newspapers imported by post from Europe
|1821 (445) XVI.387
|Stamp Duty, 1817-20
|1821 (579) XVI.391
|Stamp Duty, 1819-20
|1822 (470) XIX.559
|Advertising, public expenditures, 1816-22
|1825 (375) XXI.327
|Stamp Duty, 1814-24
|1826-27 (99) XVII.23
|Stamp Duty, 1797-1826
|1830 (405) XXV.345
|Stamp Duty, 1810-29
|1830 (549) XXV.349
|Stamp Duty, 1820-29
|1831-32 (30) XXXIV.127
|Stamp Duty, 1821-30
|1835 (108) XXXVII.705
|Advertisement Duty, 1831-34
|1837 (291) XXXIX.303
|Stamp Duty, effects of reduction
|1839 (548) XXX.503
|Stamp Duty, 1836-38
|1841 Sess. 1 (407) XIII.481
|Stamp Duty, 1838-41
|1842 (340) XXVI.613
|Stamp Duty, 1836-42
|1842 (412) XXVI.599
|Stamp Duty, 1827-41
|1844 (55) XXXII.419
|Stamp Duty, 1843
|1849 (160) XXX.349
|Stamp Duty, 1841-48
|1849 (506) XXX.207
|Advertisement Duty, 1826-40
|1850 (78) XXXIII.567
|1852 (42) XXVIII.497
|Stamp Duty, 1837-50
|1854 (117) XXXIX.479
|Stamp Duty, 1851-53
|1854-55 (135) XXXII.393
|Army in the Crimea, not philatelic
|1860 (593) XL.151
|Stamp Duty, 1859-60
|1865 (471) XXXI.65
|Stamp Duty, 1863-64
|1870 (460) XLI.399
|Stamp Duty, 1869-70
|1878-79 (343) XI.261
|Law of Libel, not philatelic
|1880 (284) IX.301
|Law of Libel, not philatelic
|1888 [C.5483] LXXXII.469
|Newspaper Libel claims, not philatelic
The final volume of the "largest single project in publishing
history" appeared in April 1972. Irish University Press closed
in 1974, brought down by the collapse of the financial and real
estate parts of the holding company which owned it. Members of
the IUP staff formed Irish Academic Press, and Four Courts Press,
- From the USA volume, Publisher's Note -- The documents in this
series are selected from the nineteenth-century British House of
Commons sessional and command papers. All of the
original papers relating to the United States of America are
included with the exception of two kinds of very brief and
unimportant papers. Omitted are (1) random statistical
trade returns which are included in the larger and complete
yearly trade figures and (2) returns relating to postal
services, which are irregularly presented, of tangential USA
relevance, and easily available in other sources.
The following abbreviations are used for references to the IUP
series. All bear the primary title Irish University Press
Series of British Parliamentary Papers, and were published by IUP :
Shannon, Ireland. The published prices are from the defunct
captured in 2013 by the Internet Archive Wayback Machine,
web.archive.org. Many volumes are still available, at lower
prices, from other sources.
- <IUP-Posts-and-Telegraphs-1> Posts and
Telegraphs, [volume] 1 [of 8], 712 p.; published at £175 / $290.
- First and Third Reports from the Select Committee on postage
together with minutes of evidence, appendix and index [Part
- <IUP-Posts-and-Telegraphs-2> Posts and
Telegraphs, [volume] 2 [of 8], 872 p.; published at £195 / $320.
- Second Report from the Select Committee on postage together
with minutes of evidence, appendices and index, 1837-38
- <IUP-Posts-and-Telegraphs-3> Posts and
Telegraphs, [volume] 3 [of 8], 412 p.; published at £155 / $225.
- Reports from Select Committees on the Electric Telegraphs
Bill with proceedings, minutes of evidence, appendices and
- <IUP-Posts-and-Telegraphs-4> Posts and
Telegraphs, [volume] 4 [of 8], 840 p.; published at £195 / $320.
- Select Committee and other reports on the Post Office and
the Postage and Money Order Systems, 1843-1877
- <IUP-Posts-and-Telegraphs-5> Posts and
Telegraphs, [volume] 5 [of 8], 624 p.; published at £175 / $290.
- Select Committee and other reports on the Telegraph Services
with minutes of evidence, appendices and in
- <IUP-Posts-and-Telegraphs-6> Posts and
Telegraphs, [volume] 6 [of 8], 776 p.; published at £195 / $320.
- Report from the Inter-Departmental Committee on Post Office
Establishments with minutes of evidence [Part I] 1897
- <IUP-Posts-and-Telegraphs-7> Posts and
Telegraphs, [volume] 7 [of 8], 552 p.; published at £155 / $225.
- Minutes of evidence [Part II], before the Interdepartmental
Committee on Post Office Establishments, with appendices and
- <IUP-Posts-and-Telegraphs-8> Posts and
Telegraphs, [volume] 8 [of 8], 1,096 p.; published at £215 /
- Reports from Select Committees on the Telephone Service,
with minutes of evidence, appendices and indices, 1895-1898
- for the set, £1,050 / $1,725.
- <IUP-Newspapers-1> Newspapers, [volume] 1 [of 2],
712 p.; published at £175 / $290.
- Report from the Select Committee on Newspaper Stamps with
minutes of evidence, appendix and index, 1851
- <IUP-Newspapers-2> Newspapers, [volume] 2 [of 2],
1971, 470 p.; published at £155 / $225.
- Select committee reports, returns, and other papers,
relating to newspaper duties and the law of libel, 1814-1888.
- for the set, £250 / $425.
- <IUP-Africa-26> Africa, vol. 26 [of 70], 760 p.;
published at £145 / $239.
- <IUP-Africa-66> Africa, vol. 66 [of 70], 696
p.; published at £150 / $248.
- <IUP-Australia-21> Australia, vol. 21 [of 34],
496 p.; published at £140 / $230.
- <IUP-Australia-22> Australia, vol. 22 [of 34],
627 p.; published at £150 / $248.
- <IUP-Australia-23> Australia, vol. 23 [of 34],
496 p.; published at £145 / $239.
- <IUP-Australia-25> Australia, vol. 25 [of 34],
712 p.; published at £145 / $239.
- <IUP-Canada-23> Canada, vol. 23 [of 33], 520 p.;
published at £140 / $230.
The next three items bear the primary title Irish University
Press Area Studies Series, British Parliamentary Papers, and are
not included in the "1000-volume" series.
- <IUP-USA-49> United States of America, Postal
Services, [volume] 49 [of 60], 1971, 740 p.; published at £175 /
- Reports, correspondence and other papers relating to the
transatlantic postal service, 1846-92
- <IUP-China-42> China, Miscellaneous, [volume]
42 [of 42], 1972, 356 p., 1 map; published at £155 / $225.
- Correspondence, returns and other papers respecting postal
arrangements and miscellaneous affairs in China, 1857-94
- Japan, 10 volumes, nothing related to the post
The basis for the ProQuest U.K. Parliamentary Papers collection is
the microfiche edition by Chadwyck-Healey, 1973-83, and the printed
work by Peter Cockton, Subject Catalogue of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Papers, 1801-1900, Cambridge (UK) :
Chadwyck-Healey, 1988, 5 volumes. (Charles Chadwyck-Healey, About
The catalogue entries give an abbreviated title, and a
session/number/volume/page reference. For example,
Account of Number of Licenses for Issue of Promissory
The first two entries are the same report, under two different
Cockton Titles. The online ProQuest entry gives both titles,
and a link to the Promissory Notes subject group, which leads to 35
1810-11 (31) X.473
Account of Number of Stamps on Promissory Notes, and Number of
Re-issuable Promissory Notes stamped, 1810-11
1810-11 (31) X.473
Thirty-fourth Rep. 1856 (330) XXXVII.303
Since the length of a report is often a clue to its importance, we
have included that information here. These examples are 4 and
279 pages. The page total includes a cover wrapper, which has
the full title.
The Cockton Title is often more manageable than the actual title,
which is, in the first example,
Stamps. 1. An account of the number of licences for the
issue of promissory notes payable on demand, which were granted by
the commissioners: for the two years ending the 10th of October
1809; and the 10th of October 1810, and since the 10th of October
1810 to the date of the return to this order;--distinguishing in
each period the renewed licences from those granted to new banks.
2. An account of the number of stamps of promissory notes
re-issuable of each class that have been issued from 1st June 1810
to 16th February 1811, being the latest period to which the same
can be made up; distinguishing each quarter, and the corresponding
amount of duties. 3. An account of the number of re-issuable
promissory notes stamped in England during the years, ending 10th
October 1807, 1808, 1809 and 1810; distinguishing the rates, and
also the value of the notes.
The second example is part of a series, and the full Cockton Title
information appears with the first report in the series. In
this instance, it is Coms. of Woods, Forests, and Land Revenues,
with the document title
The thirty-fourth report of the Commissioners of Her
Majesty's Woods, Forests and Land Revenues: in obedience to the
acts of 10 George IV. (cap. 50), and 2 William IV. (cap. 1); being
the fifth report under the act of the 14 & 15 Vict. (cap. 42.)
Cockton's subject index includes the following headings with
relevance to the Post Office, etc. To see the digital version,
click on "Find Terms" on the Basic Search page.
- I. Central Government and Administration, p. 1-342
- C. Government Departments and Commissions, p. 213-288
- 3. Ministers and Departments, p. 230-273
- Inland Revenue, p. 232, 240-241, 256
- Post Office, p. 233-235, 238-239, 242-243, 258-264
- Post Office (Edinburgh), Post Office (Manchester),
Post Office (Scotland)
- Railway Department, p. 266
- Revenue Departments, p. 266
- Stamp Office, Stamp Office (Scotland), p. 236, 244,
- Telegraph Department, p. 267
- II. National Finance and Financial Institutions, p.
- A. National Finance, p. 345-488
- 1. Finance and Public Accounts, p. 345-358
- Finance Accounts, Finance Accounts (Ireland), p. 353-355
- 3. Revenue Services, p. 368-384
- Inland Revenue, Inland Revenue (Scotland), Revenue,
- 7. Taxation, p. 446-488
- (e) Stamp Duties, Stamp Duties (Scotland), p.
- B. Money, Banking and Insurance, p. 489-566
- 3. Private Banking Institutions, p. 529-556
- (a) Joint Stock Banks and other Banks of Issue, p.
- Bank Notes, Bankers' Drafts, Promissory Notes, with
respect to Stamp Duties
- (b) Savings Banks and Country Banks, p. 535-554
- Bank Notes, p. 539
- Post Office Savings Banks, p. 535, 542-545
- III. Population and Demography; Statistics, p. 567-614
- D. Statistical Series, p. 607-613
- IV. Agriculture and Rural Society, p. 615-805
- V. Industry and Industrial Society, p. 1-200
- A. Manufacturing Industries, p. 3-96
- 4. Other Industries, p. 37-69
- (d) Paper Industry, p. 67-68
- 5. (untitled)
- (a) Patents, Designs and Inventions, p. 70-81
- 6. Exhibitions, p. 85-88
- Exhibitions, Exhibitions (Dublin), Exhibitions (New
York), Exhibitions (Paris), Exhibitions (Philadelphia),
- Great Exhibition 
- 7. Weights and Measures, p. 89-95
- VI. Trade and Commerce, p. 201-486
- B. Import and Export Duties, p. 325-420
- 4. Paper and Timber Duties, p. 406-409
- 5. Smuggling and Revenue Offences, p. 410-420
- Stamp Duties, p. 419
- Unstamped Publications, p. 420
- C. Business and Commerce, p. 421-485
- 1. Companies, p. 421-438
- Telegraph Companies, p. 438
- VII. Transport and Communication, p. 487-842
- A. Railways, p. 489-552
- B. Shipping, p. 553-692
- C. Roads and Bridges, p. 693-754
- 1. Highways, Maintenance and Traffic, p. 693-725
- (c) Road Traffic, p. 700-713
- Post-Horse Duties, p. 702, 710
- Stage Coaches, with respect to Stamp Duties, p. 703,
- D. Canals and Inland Waterways, p. 755-774
- E. Postal Communication, p. 775-840
- 1. Post Office Packet Services and Overseas Mails,
- Packet Service, Packet Service (Holyhead), Packet
Service (Ireland), Packet Service (London and Dublin
communication), p. 784-802
- India (Steam Communication)
- 2. Telegraph and Telephone Services, p. 805-818
- 3. Mail Coaches and Trains, p. 819-821
- 4. The Post Office and the Letter Post, p. 822-832
- 5. Other Postal Services, p. 833-839
- F. Tunnels, p. 841-842
- VIII. Law and Order, p. 1-388
- A. Law and Legal Administration, p. 3-263
- 1. The English Legal System, p. 3-215
- (c) Legal Administration, p. 92-198
- (i) Legal Costs, p. 92-96
- (iv) Civil Law, p. 110-170
- (v) Criminal Law, p. 171-192
- Counterfeiting [of coins], p. 172-173
- Forgery [of bank notes, etc.], p. 180-181
- Threatening Letters, p. 188
- (vi) Statute Law, p. 192-198
- 2. The Scottish Legal System, p. 216-263
- (c) Scottish Legal Administration, p. 236-263
- Forgery (Scotland), p. 243
- Letter-stealing (Scotland), p. 246
- B. Crime and Punishment, p. 265-388
- 1. Crime and Criminal Offenders, p. 265-302
- (d) Criminal Offences, p. 282-302
- (i) Felonies, p. 282-289
- Counterfeiting [of coins], p. 284
- Forgery [of bank notes, etc.], p. 283-285
- Letter-stealing, p. 286-287
- (ii) Misdemeanors, p. 289-297
- Post Office (Offences), p. 295
- Stamp Duties, p. 296
- Unstamped Publications, p. 296
- IX. Local Government and Local Finance, p. 389-572
- A. Local Government, p. 391-528
- 1. Metropolitan London, p. 391-458
- (a) The City of London, p. 392-401
- Post Office (Cheapside), p. 394-395, 401
- X. Poverty and Social Administration, p. 573-790
- XI. Education, Information and Recreation, p. 791-979
- C. Information and Recreation, p. 921-979
- 2. Museums, Galleries, and Manuscript Collections,
- (a) Museums, p. 926-935
- British Museum, p. 926-933
- 3. Newspapers, Copyright and Publishing, p. 956-972
- (a) Newspapers and Pamphlets, p. 956-963
- Newspapers, Newspapers (Ireland), Newspapers
(Scotland), p. 956-963
- Stamped Publications, Unstamped Publications, p. 963
- (b) Copyright and Publishing, p. 963-972
- XII. Health and Housing, p. 1-130
- XIII. Ireland, p. 131-602
- A. Government and Public Order, p. 133-229
- C. Trade, Industry and Transport, p. 289-396
- 2. Finance and Financial Institutions, p. 331-358
- Bank Notes (Ireland), p. 331, 340
- Stamp Duties (Ireland), p. 335, 354-355
- Revenue Inquiry, p. 339
- Finance Accounts (Ireland), p. 346
- Newspapers (Ireland), p. 350
- Revenue (Ireland), p. 351-353
- 5. Transport and Communication, p. 374-394
- (a) Railways, p. 374-378
- (c) Roads and Bridges, p. 385-391
- Post-Horse Duties (Ireland), p. 386
- (d) Postal Communication, p. 391-394
- D. Legal and Social Administration, Education, Health
and Religious Affairs, p. 397-601
- 3. Legal Administration, Police and Prisons, p.
- (a) Legal Administration, p. 439-504
- Forgery (Ireland), p. 451, 486
- Stamp Duties (Ireland), p. 465, 502
- XIV. The Churches and Religious Affairs, p. 603-734
- XV. India, Ceylon, Burma and Afghanistan, p. 735-879
- B. The East India Company; Trade and Industry, p.
- 6. Transport and communication, p. 820-828
- India (Steam Communication), India (Telegraphs), p. 821,
- India (Mails), India (Post Office), India (Postage), p.
This summary list omits Her
Majesty's Stationery Office, The
Public Record Office, The
National Archives, etc.
- XVI. The Dominions and Colonies, p. 1-232
- A. Colonial Administration, p. 3-42
- 3. Trade, Finance and Communications, p. 21-34
- (f) Postal communication, p. 33-34
- Colonies (Mails), Colonies (Post Office), Colonies
- B. Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, p. 43-78
- 2. Finance, Trade and Industry, p. 62-68
- Australasia (Steam Communication), Australia (Postal
- C. Canada, Newfoundland and Bermuda, p. 79-118
- 2. Finance, Trade and Communications, p. 95-107
- (d) Communications, p. 104-107
- Canada (Mails), Canada (Post Office), Canada
- XVII. Slavery and the Slave Trade, p. 233-266
- XVIII. Defence and the Armed Services, p. 267-618
- XIX. Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy, p. 619-864
- Postal treaties, conventions, agreements, etc., are
scattered throughout this part.
- Postal Union, p. 666
- France (Post Office), p. 671, 679-681
- Germany (Post Office), p. 693
- Italy (Post Office). p. 705
- United States of America (Post Office), p. 839-842
- Appendix I, List of Unprinted and Unpublished Papers, p.
- Appendix II, List of Principal Ministers in 19th Century
Cabinets, p. 901-910
- Postmaster General, p. 908, but only for 1830-1902, and only
when in the Cabinet
- Appendix III, Glossary, p. 911-918
- Subject Index, p. 919-1021
- H.B. Lees-Smith, A Guide to Parliamentary and Official Papers,
London : Oxford Univ. Press, 1924.
- Bibliographical Aids to Research, I. -- General Collections of
Reports of Parliamentary Debates for the Period since 1660,
[Bulletin of the Institute of] Historical Research, Feb. 1933,
vol. 10, issue 30, p. 171-177 (link).
- Bibliographical Aids to Research, II. -- British Parliamentary
Papers: Catalogues and Indexes, [Bulletin of the Institute of]
Historical Research, June 1933, vol. 10, issue 31, p. 24–30 (link).
- H. Hale Bellot, Parliamentary Printing, 1660-1837, [Bulletin
of the Institute of] Historical Research, vol. 11, issue 32,
Nov. 1933, p. 85-98 (link).
- Hugh Shearman, The Citation of British and Irish Parliamentary
Papers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Irish
Historical Studies, Mar. 1944, vol. 4, no. 13, pp. 33-37 (link).
- Edgar L. Erickson, The Sessional Papers: Last Phase, College
and Research Libraries, vol. 21, no. 5, Sep. 1960, p. 343-358 (link),
- About the efforts to assemble the Readex Microprint edition
of the Parliamentary Papers, which claimed completeness
between 1731 and 1900.
- The Readex edition is now essentially unobtainable, as the
old microprint readers/printers are failing, and there is no
digital version beyond an index on CD-ROM.
- Sheila Lambert, Guides to Parliamentary Printing, 1696–1834,
[Bulletin of the Institute of] Historical Research, vol. 38,
issue 97, May 1965, p. 111–117 (link).
- Frank Rodgers and Rose B. Phelps, A Guide to British
Parliamentary Papers, Apr. 1967, Univ. of Illinois, PDF.
- Comprehensive and very useful.
- Sheila Lambert, House of Commons Papers of the Eighteenth
Century, Government Publications Review, vol. 3, no. 3, Autumn
1976, p. 195-202 (link).
- Frank Rodgers, A Guide to British Government Publications, New
York : H.W. Wilson, 1980.
- An extension of Rodgers and Phelps, 1967, with much more
- Peter Cockton, Cataloging the Nineteenth-Century British
Parliamentary Papers, Government Publications Review, vol. 20,
no. 4, July-Aug. 1993, p. 413-420 (link).
- British Library, United Kingdom parliamentary publications:
parliamentary papers, http://www.bl.uk/collection-guides/britishlibrary/
- Wikipedia, Parliamentary
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