The Library is currently trialling State Papers Online, a collection of British government documents from the 16th and 17th centuries.
The original manuscripts are held in national archives and private collections. In the 19th and 20th centuries calendars of the papers were published, containing chronological lists of the papers with summaries of the contents. State Papers Online links the calendar entries with reproductions of the manuscripts.
The database also includes introductory essays and a variety of reference tools.
The collection will be released in four segments of which Part I is currently available- covering the Tudors, 1509-1603, State Papers Domestic. Future releases will include the Tudor State Papers Foreign, and Stuart papers.
Our trial runs until 12 June 2009.