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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/112-071
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1909-[1991?]
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 167 production units comprising 1 volume, 2 binders, 60 folders and 104 envelopes.
Name of creator(s): Harrisons and Crosfield (Malaya) Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1917 Harrisons and Crosfield Limited (CLC/B/112) purchased Barker and Company, a trading house in Singapore, and Kimmel and Company of England and Singapore. They were combined to form a private company called Barker and Company Limited, in which was also incorporated Harrisons and Crosfield Limited's interests in Singapore and Penang. In 1922 Harrisons and Crosfield Limited merged its branches in Kuala Lumpur, Klang and Port Swettenham, with Barker and Company to form Harrisons, Barker and Company. The name was changed to Harrisons and Crosfield (Malaya) Limited in 1946. It had a head office in Kuala Lumpur and branches in Singapore, Penang, Telok Anson, Port Swettenham, Taiping and Kuching.

In 1959 two new companies were formed: Harrisons and Crosfield (Singapore) Limited and Harrisons and Crosfield (Federation of Malaya) Limited. In 1964 Harrisons and Crosfield (Federation of Malaya) Limited changed its name to Harrisons and Crosfield (Malaysia) Limited, which was then changed to Harrisons and Crosfield (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd in ca.1966. In 1990 Harrisons and Crosfield (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Harrisons and Crosfield (Singapore) Limited were sold as part of Harrisons and Crosfield Limited's general trading division.

For historical notes on the Company see CLC/B/112/MS37392. For lists of agencies held see CLC/B/112/MS37054. For staff lists see CLC/B/112/MS37340-1.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Harrisons and Crosfield (Malaya) Limited, including articles of association; notices; correspondence; minutes of meetings; memoranda; instructions to the Rubber Sales Department; papers relating to shipping; financial accounts; reports of visits to estates; papers relating to staff; papers relating to property holdings; newsletters; papers relating to the political situation in Malaysia; and papers relating to branches in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore.

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).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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 Information

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.

Allied Materials

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.

Publication note:

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:
November 2010 to January 2011.

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