Excerpt from A Guide to the India Office Records, 1600-1858
The Committee having considered of the present confused and disorderly state of the repository for the books, records, and accounts from the several Presidencies and factories in the East Indies, consisting of many thousand volumes, which are annually increasing, and that, in order to remedy the inconveniences, difficulties, and loss of time at present experienced in collecting and arranging the books, to which frequent recourse is necessary to be had, the Committee consider it a matter of essential con sequence that a capable and experienced officer be appointed to have the care and custody of the said books, records, and papers, to arrange, number, and register them in proper catalogues also to keep an account of the deliveries thereof to any person or persons, so that the same may be preserved from being lost or injured. And Mr. William Barnett being recommended as a proper person for this employ, the Committee Offer it to the Court as their Opinion Ihat he be appointed Register and Keeper of the Indian Books, Records, Accounts, and other Papers deposited in the room usually called the Book Office, under such regulations, instructions, and directions as he shall from time to time receive from this Committee, at the salary of a year, to commence from this day.
This proposal was approved by the Court of Directors on the same day, and thus a Record Department came into existence at the East India House. The Register and Keeper was, however, a mere custodian of the collection, and his remune ration was evidently fixed Ou this basis. The next step was to(iii)
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