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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/112-066
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1916-1976
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 91 production units comprising 1 binder, 39 folders and 51 envelopes.
Name of creator(s): Harrisons and Crosfield (Borneo) Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

Harrisons and Crosfield (Borneo) Limited was registered in 1918 as a subsidiary company of Harrisons and Crosfield Limited (CLC/B/112). It acquired the business of Messrs Darby and Company in British North Borneo. The Company exported Borneo produce including timber, rattan, copra, and imported general merchandise. It also acted as shipping and insurance agents. It had offices in Sandakan, Jesselton (Kota Kinabalu) and Labuan. Harrisons and Crosfield (Borneo) acted as managers of Sandakan Ice and Aerated Water Company Limited and Sabah Steamship Company Limited.

In 1959 Harrisons and Crosfield Limited transferred its shares in Harrisons and Crosfield (Borneo) Limited to Harrisons and Crosfield (Holdings) Limited (CLC/B/112-068), so that it could be qualified as an overseas trade corporation. From 1963 it was known as Harrisons and Crosfield (Sabah) Limited. In 1990 Harrisons and Crosfield Limited sold its holding as part of its general trading division.

For historical notes on Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd's shareholdings in the Company see CLC/B/112/MS37392. For staff lists see CLC/B/112/MS37340-1.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Harrisons and Crosfield (Borneo) Limited; including minutes and agendas; correspondence with head office; papers regarding operations in Brunei; financial accounts; memoranda; correspondence concerning the general trading of the Company, the work of secretarial and agency companies in Borneo and the work of the Engineering Department; papers relating to political news in Borneo; and financial accounts of sub-branches.

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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