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Research Guides

Foreign government information

A guide to major print and electronic foreign government information prepared by Sam-chin Li, University of Toronto Libraries.

Foreign relations

  • Most records relating to historical foreign, domestic and colonial affairs can be found in the State Papers.
  • Parliamentary Papers (Sessional Papers) also contain large number of State Papers and Colonial records of different periods



North America

State Papers

  • Most records relating to historical foreign, domestic and colonial affairs can be found in the State Papers
  • Calendar of State Paper is "a precis usually in English, full enough for most purposes to replace the original documents" 
  • For Calendar of State Papers relating to Scotland, Ireland and State Papers preserved in other countries, search the library catalogue by individual title or use the Sectional List #24 for the call numbers annotated

Calendar of state papers (domestic)

Calendar of state papers (foreign & domestic)

Calendar of state papers (colonial)

Colonial relations