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State Papers Online, 1509-1714: The complete collection

State Papers Online, 1509 -1714, published in four seamless Parts, offers researchers a ground-breaking online resource for understanding two hundred years of British and European history, from the reign of Henry VIII to the end of the reign of Queen Anne. The largest digital manuscript archive of its kind, State Papers Online, 1509-1714 gathers together 16th- and 17th- century British State Papers and links these rare historical manuscripts to their fully text-searchable Calendars. As such, it radically transforms and simplifies the process of research, offering Early Modern scholars unprecedented access to the behind the scenes workings of the Tudor and Stuart governments.

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All four parts of the collection are now available

Only State Papers Online, 1509-1714 offers

  • Facsimile images of almost 3 million State Papers documents
  • Direct linking between the facsimile images of the manuscripts and their individual Calendar entries
  • Hyperlinking between all references in the Calendar Indexes and the Calendar entries
  • The Irish Manuscript Commission series of Calendars of State Papers Ireland
  • The manuscripts collections of Sir William Cecil (Lord Burghley), and his successor, Robert Burghley from The National Archives and the British Library (Lansdowne Collection) as well as the complete 24 volumes of the Calendars of the Cecil Papers in Hatfi eld House and the Haynes/Murdin transcriptions


An international resource

The global reach of the series offers researchers the scope to explore documents covering Britain's diplomatic relations and trade with its European neighbours, the Ottoman Empire, Russia, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Users can read letters from Popes, Cardinals and bishops, Holy Roman Emperors, the Kings of France and Spain as well as rulers, diplomats, counselors and agents from every other country in Europe. By digitising little studied volumes State Papers Online, 1509-1714 represents enormous potential for new research.

Who is it for?

State Papers Online, 1509-1714 is a core resource for any student or researcher studying and publishing in the following areas:

  • Early Modern British and European history:diplomatic, political, social, cultural, local, legal, religious, kingship and queenship, exploration, travel and trade and early empire
  • Early Modern literature
  • Renaissance and Reformation Studies
  • Tudor and Stuart Studies


Please note: State Papers Online, 1509-1714 is available for trial and purchase by institutions. It is not available at this stage for individual purchase or subscription.