Official: Colonial Office

Reference code: CHAR 17

Part of: CHAR
Next record: CHAR 18
Previous record: CHAR 16

Date: 1920 - 1922

Scope/content:

The Colonial Office papers contain correspondence, printed material and papers which were created or accumulated as a result of WSC's activities as Secretary of State for the Colonies, a position he held from 13 February 1921 to 24 October 1922. The papers have been divided into correspondence and subject-based files and are arranged chronologically.

The Colonial Office material covers WSC's routine ministerial duties as well as with the specific issues of the period including: administration of the Middle East through the Middle East department set up by WSC; the installation of Emir Feisal as ruler of Mesopotamia [later Iraq]; the establishment of Palestine as a National Home for the Jews; negotiations in the Middle East through T E Lawrence [later T E Shaw, "Lawrence of Arabia"] and Sir Percy Cox [High Commissioner, Mesopotamia]; the reduction of the cost of the administration of the Middle East; the Irish Peace Settlement; the racial segregation of Indians; and British policy towards Turkey.

General reports of events throughout the British empire shed light on the working of the relationship between Great Britain and the empire and include complaints from Dominion governors on the personal financial difficulties of maintaining their positions and on the proposed discontinuing of the ANZAC day message from King George V. The papers also include regular bulletins to the Dominions on the crisis in Chanak [later Cannakkale, Turkey] in which the British government took a military stand against Turkey and unsuccessfully requested forces from the Dominion governments.

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Contained records

Reference Record Date
CHAR 17/1 Official: Colonial Office: various papers. 14 Dec 1920 - 25 Nov 1921
CHAR 17/2 Official: Colonial Office: correspondence (mainly on affairs in Mesopotamia, Iraq). 08 Jan 1921 - 28 Feb 1921
CHAR 17/3 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 01 Mar 1921 - 13 Apr 1921
CHAR 17/4 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 14 Apr 1921 - 20 May 1921
CHAR 17/5 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 01 May 1921 - 31 May 1921
CHAR 17/6 Official: Colonial Office: correspondence. 01 Jun 1921 - 30 Jun 1921
CHAR 17/7 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 06 Jun 1921 - 30 Jul 1921
CHAR 17/8 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 02 Aug 1921 - 29 Aug 1921
CHAR 17/9 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 22 Sep 1921 - 30 Sep 1921
CHAR 17/10 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 01 Oct 1921 - 27 Oct 1921
CHAR 17/11 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 01 Nov 1921 - 29 Dec 1921
CHAR 17/12 Official: Colonial Office: Partial list of correspondents. 1921 - 1922
CHAR 17/13A-B Official: Colonial Office: Cabinet Papers. 23 Jan 1921 - 29 Dec 1921
CHAR 17/14 Official: Colonial Office: Middle East: Various papers. 1920 - 1921
CHAR 17/15 Official: Colonial Office: Middle East: Various papers. 13 Jan 1921 - 24 Dec 1921
CHAR 17/16 Official: Colonial Office: Telegrams about Mesopotamia [Iraq]. 08 Jan 1921 - 11 Nov 1921
CHAR 17/17 Official: Colonial Office: Maps. 1921
CHAR 17/18A-B Official: Colonial Office: Cairo [Egypt] Conference: Telegrams and papers. 06 Jan 1921 - 01 Apr 1921
CHAR 17/19 Official: Colonial Office: Expenses incurred during visit to Egypt: various papers. 18 Mar 1921 - 07 Jan 1922
CHAR 17/20 Official: Colonial Office: Palestine visit: Petitions, etc. 27 Nov 1920 - 27 Mar 1921
CHAR 17/21 Official: Colonial Office: Foreign office telegrams. 28 Feb 1921 - 02 Mar 1921
CHAR 17/22 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 02 Jan 1922 - 27 Feb 1922
CHAR 17/23 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 05 Mar 1922 - 30 Apr 1922
CHAR 17/24 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 03 May 1922 - 28 Jun 1922
CHAR 17/25 Official: Colonial Office: Correspondence. 03 Jun 1922 - 22 Oct 1922
CHAR 17/26 Official: Colonial Office: Minutes and telegrams. 09 Jan 1922 - 22 Sep 1922
CHAR 17/27 Official: Colonial Office: Cabinet Papers. 28 Jan 1922 - 30 Sep 1922
CHAR 17/28 Official: Colonial Office: Telegrams regarding Chanak [later Cannakkale, Turkey]. 16 Sep 1922 - 14 Oct 1922
CHAR 17/29 Official: Colonial Office: report on the RAF in India. 01 Aug 1922 - 27 Sep 1922