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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/112-065

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1940-1979

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 11 production units comprising 11 envelopes.

Name of creator(s): Harrisons and Crosfield (America) Inc


Administrative/Biographical history:

Harrisons and Crosfield (America) Incorporated was registered in 1945 to acquire the tea export trade of Irwin Harrisons and Whitney (see CLC/B/112-089; Ms 37531-40), to manufacture and sell chromium chemicals and to distribute materials and pharmaceuticals. It was wholly owned by Harrisons and Crosfield Limited (CLC/B/112). In 1958 it was appointed exclusive sales agents in the USA of Western Copper Mills Limited. In 1960 the Seattle and San Francisco offices were taken over by Harrisons and Crosfield (Pacific) Incorporated (CLC/B/112-072).

In 1964 it acquired Fred Pusinelli and Company, rubber brokers of New York, and in 1979 Samrak Chemical Corporation and American Chrome and Chemicals Incorporated. In 1978/9 Harrisons and Crosfield (America) Incorporated became a holding company for two subsidiaries: Harcros Incorporated and Harrisons and Crosfield (Pacific) Incorporated.

For staff lists see CLC/B/112/MS37341. For historical notes on the Company see CLC/B/112/MS37392.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Harrisons and Crosfield (America) Incorporated, including board minutes; correspondence with other branches of Harrisons and Crosfield; memoranda from the head office; financial accounts and auditor's reports.

Access to records less than 30 years old (or records less than 70 years old which relate to staff) should be sought from Elementis plc (contact details may be obtained from a member of staff).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access: please see staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of Harrisons and Crosfield and its subsidiary and secretarial companies were transferred to Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section between 1990 and 1998. The records were presented as a gift to the Library, except the minute books of some subsidiary companies which are held as a deposit. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

The Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd collection has been divided into 167 sub-fonds; CLC/B/112-001 to CLC/B/112-167. 001 to 016 are records relating to Harrisons and Crosfield (such as operational records, staff records, property records and so on), and 017 to 167 are the records of subsidiaries, plantations and associated organisations.

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: November 2010 to January 2011.

Business records | Documents | Information sources
Chemical industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Rubber industry and trade | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Tea trade | Food trade | Trade (practice)

Personal names

Corporate names
Harrisons and Crosfield (America) Inc
Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd | traders in tea | coffee | rubber | timber | chemicals | and other agricultural products

USA | North America