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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 B/BTR
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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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


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.


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 & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

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

Archivist's note:

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

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