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About the catalogue

Series of records on the Online Archive Catalogue are being added to regularly. The main series of records included here at present are:

  • Ecclesiastical parishes in Hertfordshire (collection reference DP/)
  • Hertfordshire Boards of Guardians (collection reference BG/)
  • The Diocese of St Albans (collection reference DS/)
  • The Archdeaconry of St Albans (collection reference ASA) and the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, Hitchin Division (collection reference AHH)
  • Some Urban and Rural District Councils of Hertfordshire (collection references UDC/ and RDC/)
  • Various estate collections (collection reference DE/) including Delmé-Radcliffe (collection reference DE/R), Hawkins solicitors of Hitchin (collection reference DE/Ha), the Capell family, Earls of Essex (collection reference DE/Cp), the Earls Cowper of Cole Green House and Panshanger (DE/P), the Bulwer-Lytton family of Knebworth House (K and DE/K) and the Lawes-Wittewronge family of Rothamsted (collection reference DE/Lw)
  • Some of Hertfordshire's hospitals, such as Hill End (collection reference HM1/), Cell Barnes (collection reference HM2/), Hertford County Hospital (collection reference HV3/) and North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire Hospital Hitchin (collection reference HV/4)
  • Many Hertfordshire schools (collections references HEd/, SB/ and HHEA/) as well as plans of school buildings (DES1/)
  • Hertfordshire's Quarter Sessions (collection reference QS/), including records of gas, water, electricity and sewage disposal, and the records of the Liberty of St Albans, (collection reference LS/)
  • Hertfordshire's Petty Sessions (collection reference PS/)
  • Watford Palace Theatre archive (collection reference DE/WPT)
  • The Sir Frederic Osborn archive (collection reference DE/FJO)
  • The Hertfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee, 1916-1920 (collection reference AEC)
  • Records of the valuation of land under the Finance Act, 1910 by the Commissioners of the Inland Revenue (collection reference IR)
  • Hertfordshire County Council's Social Services Department (collection reference HSS)
  • Records of (civil) Parish Councils and Parish Meetings (collection reference CP)
  • Turnpike Trusts (collection reference TP)
  • Boards of Highway Districts established under the Highways Acts of 1862 and 1864 (collection reference BH)
  • The collection of William Blyth Gerish, antiquarian (DE/Gr)
  • There are now a number of catalogues with images attached to them. These are: the Buckler drawings - views of Hertfordshire (collection reference DE/Bg); Threads of Time (collection reference HALS/TT1 and HALS/TT2); the Local Studies Collection of 35mm Slides (collection reference DE/X1025)

You can use the collection references above when doing an advanced search of the catalogue (adding them to the 'HALS Ref No' field). This will narrow your search results to that particular collection.

Some of our catalogues are not yet fully edited. This means that the structure or arrangement of a collection may not always be clear. In some cases, information in the Date or Extent fields may be missing or not displayed in the normal format.

For further searchable online resources for the holdings of Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, please see the following:

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