Inventory of the archives of the Secretary, Council of
1649 - 1795
Scope and Content
Hiatuses are evident in the series of miscellaneous and diverse
documents such as journals and memorials or petitions.
The series Resolutions (minutes or proceedings of the Council) is
the main documentary series of the Council of Policy, as well as the most
important and best preserved series of documents that originated in the Company
The series Journals records the daily events, weather reports, etc.
at the Cape. Hiatuses in this series are covered by copies of the Hague texts
which are available in the Verbatim Copies series.
The series Annexures was first described as annexures to the
resolutions but with rebinding this was corrected and in the revised list
described as Annexures to Letters Received.
Finding aids in the form of original registers and indexes virtually
do not exist, and where registers do exist, they are incomplete.