Digitisation of the Calendars of State Papers

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British History Online has announced that 200 volumes in the AHRC-funded State Papers project are now live. The goal of the project is to complete the digitisation of the Calendars of State Papers in verbatim transcriptions of at least 99.9 per cent accuracy.

The Calendars of State Papers are summaries of hundreds of thousands of handwritten documents relating to the administration of England, and its foreign relations, in the early modern period. Highlights of the AHRC project are Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, State Papers Foreign, Elizabeth I, and State Papers, Colonial. The project is making these documents freely accessible to the academic community and the general public.

The platform also allows any interested user to update, correct, or enhance the calendars. The remaining 150 books in this project are expected to be live within the next twelve months.

British History Online (BHO) was established in 2002, with funding from The Andrew W Mellon Foundation, as a digital library for the history of Britain. It makes available, in common format, a wide range of historical resources that are fully searchable and browsable.