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A2A Update, October 2003

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  • Ray Wilson
    A2A Update, October 2003 The A2A database at http://www.a2a.pro.gov.uk was updated on Tuesday 6 October. It now contains nearly 5.4 million catalogue entries
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      A2A Update, October 2003

      The A2A database at http://www.a2a.pro.gov.uk was updated on Tuesday 6
      October. It now contains nearly 5.4 million catalogue entries describing
      archives held in 328 record offices, libraries and other repositories across

      The update included catalogues from 9 current projects. Among them were
      finding aids to the following archives:
      * an enthusiast's collection of recordings, writings and ephemera relating
      to the life and works of the singer Paul Robeson, held at London
      Metropolitan Archives, from Campaigning London;
      * archives of the Archbishops of Canterbury (act books, records relating to
      diocesan administration, and records relating to the Archbishops' peculiar
      jurisdiction over parishes outside the diocese, including wills and
      administrations), held at Lambeth Palace Library, submitted through Saints
      and Sinners;
      * a variety of archives held at Cornwall Record Office, Bristol Record
      Office, and West Sussex Record Office, ranging from 13th century estate
      archives via 18th century theatre prompt books to 19th century maps and
      pedigrees, submitted by South West Family Fortunes and by Aladdin's Cave in
      South East England;
      * parish records held at Birmingham City Archives, contributed by Seven Ages
      of Man in the West Midlands; and parish records held by the archives
      services of Bedfordshire and Luton, Hertfordshire, and Suffolk (Bury St
      Edmunds), contributed by Communities in the Records in the East of England;
      * the 13th - 20th century muniments of the Cooke family of Wheatley near
      Doncaster, held at Sheffield Archives, contributed by Broad Acres, Big
      Houses, Yorkshire People; and the archives of the Sherard family of
      Stapleford in Leicestershire (held at the Record Office for Leicestershire,
      Leicester and Rutland), including 17th century papers relating to the
      migration of planters to Virginia and to the Irish Parliaments, submitted by
      Families, Estates and Communities in the East Midlands;
      * and the archives of the boroughs of Banbury and Henley, held at
      Oxfordshire Record Office, submitted by Local Governance and the Community
      in South East England.

      Planning for A2A Phase 3 (April 2004-July 2005) is continuing apace: two
      successful planning workshops for Phase 3 contributors were held in
      September, and workshop handouts are now available on the A2A information
      pages at http://www.pro.gov.uk/archives/a2a/projplan.htm. It is expected
      that all Phase 3 funding applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be
      submitted before the target date of the end of this year, and one has
      already been submitted.

      Finally, A2A is marking Black History Month this October through a showcase
      of some relevant references from A2A catalogues, which can be found on the
      site home page.

      A2A is the English strand in the UK archives network: its database at
      www.a2a.pro.gov.uk already contains the electronic equivalent of over
      400,000 catalogue pages describing archives held across England in national,
      local and specialist repositories and dating from the 700s to the present
      day. The A2A programme will make a further 300,000 catalogue pages
      available on the web by March 2004.

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      Sarah J A Stark
      Regional Liaison Co-Ordinator, A2A
      The National Archives
      Surrey TW9 4DU

      Tel (direct line): 020 8392 5328
      Fax: 020 8487 9211
      Email: sarah.stark@...
      www: http://www.a2a.pro.gov.uk

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