Guide to the Mitchell Library lists of Public Record Office classes (as filmed by AJCP)



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Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Search notes and filming instructions for the Public Record Office material of the Australian Joint Copying Project (as filmed by the AJCP).
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47 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) online portal was created with the assistance of the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund, 2017-2020. The National Library of Australia gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the other foundation AJCP partners, the State Library of New South Wales and The National Archives of the UK, and all other organisations which supported the work of the AJCP, the world's most extensive collaborative copying project, operating from 1948 to 1997.


Scope and Contents

Search notes and instructions for filming of Public Record Office material. The typed lists have been marked up with AJCP reel numbers. The lists are arranged in numerical order within each record group, in the following sequence: Admiralty, Home Office, Privy Council, Board of Trade, Treasury, Audit Office, Paymaster General, War Office, Foreign Office, Board of Longitude, Colonial Office.

The search notes provide detailed contents lists for many of the AJCP reels, showing in some cases folio numbers of documents and an indication of their subject content. The Colonial Office listings complement the Comprehensive List of Colonial Office Records (the 'Blue Books'), reproduced on AJCP reels M418-421, in which documents are arranged by colony, and within each colony by subject.

Many of the notes reproduced on M461 are held in typescript form by the National Library of Australia and the Mitchell Library, and are available for consultation by users.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1961 (AJCP Reels: M461). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW, 2000.

For further information see Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales (

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2018. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Great Britain. Admiralty; Great Britain. Audit Office; Great Britain. Board of Longitude; Great Britain. Board of Trade; Great Britain. Colonial Office; Great Britain. Foreign Office; Great Britain. Home Office; Great Britain. Paymaster General; Great Britain. Privy Council; Great Britain. Public Record Office; Great Britain. Treasury; Great Britain. War Office


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 15, p5.

Biographical / Historical

The Australian Joint Copying Project began filming at the Public Record Office in 1948. Many Colonial Office classes were filmed comprehensively, but staff attached to the National Library Liaison Office in London searched other classes to identify relevant records. Mitchell Library staff also used the microfilm copies to compile lists.

Item Descriptions

Series. Search Notes and Filming Instructions for PRO Material in the AJCP

Includes the search and filming notes for records from the Admiralty, Home, Privy Council, Exchequer and Audit, War, Foreign and Colonial Offices at the Public Record Office (TNA).