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House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

At the urging of several faculty in the History Department and at ILR, the Library has acquired access to the digital version of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP).  HCPP includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. It offers page images and searchable full text for each paper, along with detailed indexing.

This resource should be invaluable to anyone interested in areas that interacted with the British Empire. It encompasses all areas of social, political, economic, and foreign policy, and demonstrates “how issues were explored and legislation was formed. Many contributors to the papers were found outside the official world, providing evidence or supplying memoranda to committees and commissions.”


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