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London Metropolitan Archives

BRITISH TYRE AND RUBBER COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES


IDENTITY STATEMENT

Reference code(s): GB 0074 B/BTR

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: BRITISH TYRE AND RUBBER COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES

Date(s): 1864-1978

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 15.73 linear metres

Name of creator(s): British Tyre and Rubber Company x Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company Ltd x BTR plc

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history:

The British Tyre and Rubber Company, known as BTR plc since 1982 was one of the largest companies in the UK with a one time stock market capital value of over 6.5 billion. It was originally registered in 1898 as the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company Ltd, specially formed to acquire the undertakings of Leyland Rubber Company Ltd, Birmingham; India Rubber Company Ltd and Stanley Morrison and Co. Ltd. Most of the companies that were taken over by, or associated with, BTR plc were concerned with rubber products of all types : from tyres to shoes and even hair, but there were also links with the communications industry and more general trade within the British Empire, including India and Australia.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the British Tyre and Rubber Company, and associated merged or subsidiary companies, 1864-1978. This substantial collection consists mainly of statutory business records of associated companies with very little relating to production: meeting minutes of the board 1864-1937, directors minutes, 1868-1871, general meeting minutes, 1864-1918, shareholders committee minutes, 1875, debenture trustee minutes, 1887-97, 1901-02, finance and executive committee minutes 1864-1866; share ledgers, c 1917-38; balance sheets and accounts, 1920-1936; ledgers, c 1931-1934, private ledgers, 1934-61; journals, 1939-1942, private journals, 1934-1960; private cash books, 1926-62, petty cash books, 1938-8; cheque account books, 1933-8; bills receivable books, 1935-64; nominal accounts for Calcutta, 1889-1954, and Christchurch, 1920-44; and Durban private ledger, 1900-1922.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

B/BTR/BTRC: British Tyre and Rubber Company; B/BTR/AAML-WTCL: Associated companies (37 companies).

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Physical characteristics:

Fit

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

The records were passed to LMA by the Business Archives Council.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in two accessions, in 1980 and 1984 (ACC/2043; ACC/1580).

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material:

LMA also has some records of Dunlop Rubber Company Ltd (ACC/2/66). There are records of the construction industry and related products in the archives of John Mowlem and Co. Ltd (ACC/2809)

Publication note:

See Company Archives by Lesley Richmond and Bridget Stockford, Glasgow 1986 (LMA Library reference: 60.43 RIC)

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July to October 2009


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Business acquisitions | Management operations
Business administration | Business
Business management | Management
Companies | Enterprises
Corporate minutes | Business records | Documents | Information sources
Financial records | Documents | Information sources
Personnel management | Organization and administration | Health services administration | Public administration | Government
Rubber | Forest products | Agricultural products
Rubber goods | Industrial products
Rubber industry and trade | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Share dealing | Financial markets | Investment | Finance
Tyres | Equipment
Business x Enterprises
Business administration x Business management
Company archives

Personal names

Corporate names
British Tyre and Rubber Company x Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company Ltd x BTR plc

Places