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BANK OF LONDON AND SOUTH AMERICA ARCHIVES

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 BOLSA
Held at: University College London
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Full title: BANK OF LONDON AND SOUTH AMERICA ARCHIVES
Date(s): c1862-1956
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1,140 volumes
Name of creator(s): Bank of London and South America Ltd

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The Bank of London and South America was formed in October 1923 as an amalgamation of the London and Brazilian Bank and the London and River Plate Bank. They were brought together by Lloyds Bank. The amalgamation occurred to prevent the two banks competing and pushing one of them out of business, as most of their branches were in the same cities and they were carrying out the same kind of business. Lloyds retained overall control, though it was joined by other shareholders. In 1936 the Bank took over the Anglo-South American Bank, which had itself absorbed the British Bank of South America and the Commercial Bank of Spanish America. It is now a subsidiary of Lloyds Bank International.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Letter books and accounting records of the Bank of London and South America and its constituent banks, c1862-1956. Letters relate especially to Uruguay from 1864, Argentina from 1865, Brazil from 1868 and Chile from 1888.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

The archives comprise the sub-fonds: Anglo-South American Bank Records (Ref: BOLSA A); Bank of London and South America Records (Ref: BOLSA B); Bank of Tarapaca and Argentina Records (Ref: BOLSA C); London and River Plate Bank Records (Ref: BOLSA D); British Bank of South America Records (Ref: BOLSA E); Commercial Bank of Spanish America Records (Ref: BOLSA F); London and Brazilian Bank Records (Ref: BOLSA G); Bank of London and South America: miscellaneous papers (Ref: BOLSA H); Nicaraguan Bank Records (Ref: BOLSA J).

Conditions governing access:

Open.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying or publication from the archive without permission from Lloyds.

Finding aids:

Handlist. See also A Guide to Manuscript Sources for the History of Latin America and the Caribbean in the British Isles, ed Peter Walne (Oxford University Press, London, 1973).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited on indefinite loan in 1969 by the Bank of London and South America, and in 1982 by Lloyds Bank International. Additional papers found in 1973 by Dr Blakemore among the papers of David Joslin.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
1999

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