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Record No: tlc00000089
Title: Great Britain Board of Trade fonds
Dates: 1755-1976
Provenance: Great Britain Board of Trade
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent: 6416 meters of textual records; 350 reels of microfilm ; 1532 microfiches
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on the content of the collection.
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: The Board of Trade was officially named by an act of 1861, however it is predated from 1621 by various standing committees of the Privy Council which had the general responsibility for guiding and encouraging industry and trade in the United Kingdom. The Board is a successor body to the committee of Council on Trade and Plantations (later known as "the First Committee") which was established by order in Council 5 March 1784.
Scope and Content:         Collection consists of a portion of records of the Board of Trade and one of its Marine Departments, the Registrar General for Shipping and Seamen. Included are correspondence, muster rolls, crew agreements including crew lists and log books, ship registration certificates, lists of masters and mates, and ship registry certificates. Collection is arranged in seven series as follows:
Series 1.    Board of Trade: In-letters and files, General (BT 1), 1791-1797.
Series 2.    Agreements and Crew Lists: Series 1( BT 98), 1755-1808, 1846-1856.
Series 3.    Agreements and Crew Lists, series II (BT 99) fonds, 1863-1938, 1951-1976.
Series 4.    Certificates of Vessel Registry (BT 107/108) transcripts and transactions, 1812-1889.
Series 5.    Certificates of Competency: Masters and Mates: Colonial (BT 128) fonds, 1871-1921.
Series 6.    Annual Lists of Ships Registered (BT 162), 1786-1955.
Series 7.    Precedent Books and Establishment papers (BT 167), 1707-1905.
Note: Further description is given at the series level. Finding aids give extensive descriptions of the various offices creating the records as well as the record groups.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright is held by the Public Records Office, London, England.
Acquisition Source: Microfilm and microfiche records were purchased from the Public Records Office in [197-?] Textual documents were acquired from the Registrar General for Shipping and Seamen in three installments [between 1971 and 1987].
Custodial History: Original records are held at the Public Records Office in London, England. The MHA purchased microfilm copies.
Finding Aids: Finding aids are available and are listed at the series level.


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