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Friday, 8 March 2013

Irish State Papers now at PRONI

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is now a subscriber to the Irish State Papers online.

This will allow researchers visiting PRONI's Search Room to search and browse through digitised copies of records held by the National Archives at Kew, London.

The Irish State Papers are the official archives of the Secretaries of State from the reign of Henry VIII to c1782.

Mainly letters from both officials and private individuals, the collection includes reports and memoranda, proposals and treatises, working papers and private papers, accounts of royal revenues and possessions; they cover almost every aspect of government.

They are of unique significance for Irish history as most records of the Dublin Castle administration before 1790 were destroyed in the burning of the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1922.