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‘Original C.O. [Confidential Office] File Register’ [‎11v] (22/252)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (123 folios). It was created in [1948]. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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The volume is an index of those files created by staff at the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , that came under the jurisdiction of the Confidential Office of the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . Under each subject heading, the subject number, file number and title of the file is listed.

A note at the front of the volume (folio 2) states the Senior Record Clerk at Bushire was responsible for the index, and that files marked blue ‘B’ were those transferred to Bushire, files marked red ‘C’ had been permanently closed, and those marked with a red cross had been destroyed. There are various annotations in red, blue and black pen throughout the volume’s lists. These annotations include: files marked as ‘destroyed’ in the right-hand margin; handwritten corrections to typewritten file titles; and red annotations at the bottom of each subject list indicating the last subject/file number used by the main office. Under these latter annotations, in some subject lists, there are additional typewritten file entries, presumably of new files opened after the creation of the index.

There is no indication of the date that the index was created, with the exception of one annotation that is dated 15 January 1948 (folio 14).

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1 volume (123 folios)

The volume is arranged by the subject numbers associated with each subject heading, which run from 1 to 101. There is an index of the subject headings, arranged by subject number, on folios 3-5. Under each subject, individual files are arranged in numerically ascending order by their file numbers.

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Foliation: The volume is foliated from the front cover to the inside back cover, using circled pencil numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . The following foliation anomaly occurs: 17a.

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English in Latin script
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‘Original C.O. [Confidential Office] File Register’ [‎11v] (22/252), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/Z/R/15/1/4, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 26 May 2020]

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