The Police Gazette Collection

Reference GB/2315/POLGAZ
Held at The Open University Archive
Dates of Creation 1914-1965
Physical Description 6 Sections containing 116 items
Name of Creator Created by The Home Office and Metropolitan Police
Language of Material The main language throughout the collection is English
Cataloguing Info [ hide ]
Title The Police Gazette Collection
Author Finding aid compiled by Miss Joanne Shortland
Publication The Open University Library 2009
The Open University,, Walton Hall, , Milton Keynes, , MK7 6AA , Tel: 01908 653378,
Edition 1st Edition
Creation Finding aid encoded in EAD (Encoded Archival Description) 2002 using Altova XMLSpy by Miss Joanne Shortland, Assistant Archivist.2009
Descriptive Rules This finding aid has been created using the ISAD(G) 2nd Edition (International Standard of Archival Description (Generalised) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).
Language Usage Finding aid written inEnglish

Scope and Content

The Police Gazette and The Police Gazette Supplements A, A New Series, B, E and G. Also includes printed publication by The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, 1936, giving the history and purpose of The Police Gazette and its Supplements

Biographical History

The Police Gazette was a weekly newspaper that the Home Office produced giving details of crimes committed and information wanted by the police. It was sent to every police force in the United Kingdom. It contains details of stolen property and wanted people including photographs. The original Gazette, The Quarterly Pursuit, was founded in 1772 by John Fielding, chief magistrate of the Bow Street Police Court. The name was changed to The Police Gazette in 1828, and responsibility for the publication was transferred to Scotland Yard in 1883.

Six supplements were issued on a regular basis. Supplement A was issued fortnightly and contained particulars of active travelling criminals. Supplement B was issued weekly and gives the particulars of convicts on licence, persons under police supervision and other wanted people. Supplements C and D contains aliens wanted for crime and alien offences. Supplement D was issued fortnightly and alternatively with Supplement A. It provides the particulars of absentees and deserters from HM Forces. Supplement E was first issued in 1933 to supply the forces with photographs of active criminals. Supplement G was issued daily and contains the deaths of people who had previously appeared in the Police Gazette.

Arrangement

The papers have been arranged thematically and chronologically.

  • POLGAZ/1 The Police Gazette
  • POLGAZ/2 The Police Gazette Supplement A
  • POLGAZ/3 The Police Gazette Supplement A New Series
  • POLGAZ/4 The Police Gazette Supplement B
  • POLGAZ/5 The Police Gazette Supplement E
  • POLGAZ/6 The Police Gazette Supplement G

Access Conditions

To access the collection contact the Open University Archivist. All items will be monitored for personal or sensitive information before they are released to researchers. The Archivist reserves the right to restrict access if necessary.

All researchers will be required to complete an access/data protection/ copyright form. Access to some of the papers within the collection is restricted under the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Copying Restrictions

Reproduction of items from the collection will be permitted according to copyright legislation and Open University Library policy.

Physical Description

The collection consists of bound volumes of The Police Gazette and The Police Gazette Supplements A, A New Series, B, E and G

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Police Gazette and its Supplements were deposited by the Avon and Somerset Police Constabulary with The European Centre for the Study of Policing at the Open University. In 2008 the entire Police Archive was transferred to the Open University Archive.

Custodial History

The Police Gazette was sent to every police force in the United Kingdom. These volumes were from the Avon and Somerset Police Constabulary. The deposit from The Avon and Somerset Police Constabulary also included The South Western Crime Information Collection and Police Magazine Collection, as well as a collection of 15 police reference books.

Archivist's Note

This finding aid was created in 2009.

Access Points

Corporate Names
Home Office Great Britain

The Police Gazette (1934-1964)

Reference GB 2315 POLGAZ/1
Physical Description 59 items

Scope and Content

Volumes for years 1934-1964.

Access Conditions

This item contains possibly sensitive or personal information and access will be restricted under the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.


The Police Gazette Supplement A (1914 - 1929)

Reference GB 2315 POLGAZ/2
Physical Description 24 items

Scope and Content

Volumes for years 1914 - 1938

Missing 1915 and 1926

Access Conditions

This item contains possibly sensitive or personal information and access will be restricted under the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.


The Police Gazette Supplement A New Series (1939 - 1965)

Reference GB 2315 POLGAZ/3
Physical Description 24 Volumes

Scope and Content

Volumes for years 1939 - 1965

Missing 1958

Access Conditions

This item contains possibly sensitive or personal information and access will be restricted under the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.


The Police Gazette Supplement B (1925)

Reference GB 2315 POLGAZ/4
Physical Description 1 Volume

Scope and Content

Volume for year 1925

Access Conditions

This item contains possibly sensitive or personal information and access will be restricted under the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.


The Police Gazette Supplement E (1934 - 1938)

Reference GB 2315 POLGAZ/5
Physical Description 5 Volume

Scope and Content

Volumes for years 1934 - 1938

Access Conditions

This item contains possibly sensitive or personal information and access will be restricted under the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.


The Police Gazette Supplement G (1957 and 1958)

Reference GB 2315 POLGAZ/6
Physical Description 2 Volumes

Scope and Content

Volumes for years 1957 and 1958

Access Conditions

This item contains possibly sensitive or personal information and access will be restricted under the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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