'Migrated archives' – UK colonial administration records and the Pacific

2 October 2015

The National Archives and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK have transferred and released a series of colonial administration records, referred to as the 'Migrated Archives'. The 'Migrated archives – record series FCO 141' covers a wide range of subject matter relating to pre-independence happenings in the territories: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/colonial-administration-records.htm

Thanks to Eleanor Kleiber of the Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i who has looked at the eight tranches of records released throughout 2012 and 2013, and identified the following Oceania-specific material:

TrancheOceania items
SecondFiji (pages 35-36)
Kiribati and Tuvalu (pages 48-49)
FifthVanuatu (pages 12-15)
SeventhSolomon Islands (page 19)
EighthWestern Pacific, including Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Vanuatu (pages 45-46)
Files related to all above migrated archives files (pages 50-54)

The Journal of Pacific History (volume 50, number 2, April 2015) also includes an article by Gregory Rawlings on the history of these records – Lost Files, Forgotten Papers and Colonial Disclosures: The 'Migrated Archives' and the Pacific, 1963–2013.