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Title:Obscured if not hidden: records relating to Africa in the National Archives of the UK (TNA)
Author:Banton, Mandy
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic terms:Great Britain
colonial period
information technology
Abstract:The article discusses the problems of inadequate cataloguing and archiving of historical records on Africa in The National Archives (TNA) of Great Britain from the 1660s through the 1950s. These include records of the Colonial Office, the Foreign Office, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which are of importance for any study of British encounters with Africa. Despite many initiatives, the hiding of material through inadequate cataloguing has an historical basis dating back to a time when comparatively few people used the public records, and those who did accepted that a visit to the Public Record Office was required, and that research was likely to be difficult and time-consuming. As a result there is an almost certainly unmanageable backlog. The author expresses the hope that future technological advances will enable digitization of much of the manuscript material. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]