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List and Index Society (early modern)

The List and Index Society is a non-profit making society that publishes editions and calendars of historical records. The Society was founded in 1965 by historian Sir Geoffrey Elton and others with the aim of providing ‘photographic copies of unprinted lists and indexes kept in the Public Record Office/National Archives, London, and of other unprinted guides and aids to the use of public archives in the British Isles', so that historians working at a distance from London could find out what was available in advance of their visits. 

The (yellow) Standard Series is reserved for lists or texts from the National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office). These cover topics such as the Poor Law, Colonial Maps, Ministry of Aircraft Production, Railway Department Papers, and Admiralty records. Early volumes provide simple typed lists of archival content but later volumes offer more detailed descriptions of documents. Some volumes provide additional information; the 2011 volume ‘Ship Lost’: the Fate of Titanic’s Crew, for example, contains not just a list of the crew but also photographs and case studies. The (red) Special Series includes hand-lists and editions of documents not in the National Archives, and a range of other historical materials such as gazetteers. Examples include: the Wentworth Woodhouse Manuscripts, English Monastic Estates 1066-1540, and the Huntingdon Library. (ca. 330 Standard Series volumes, ca. 50 Special Series volumes, published 1965 to date).