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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/112-067
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1940-1987
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 20 production units comprising 20 envelopes.
Name of creator(s): Harrisons and Crosfield (Canada) Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

Harrisons and Crosfield Paterson Fraser Limited was registered in 1938 to acquire Wilson Paterson Gifford Limited and Beaver Soap and Chemicals Limited. In 1939 the name was changed to Harrisons and Crosfield (Canada) Limited. It is described as a private company in CLC/B/112/MS37392 (notes on Harrisons and Crosfield's subsidiary and associated companies).

Harrisons and Crosfield (Canada) Limited was distinct from the Canadian branches of Harrisons and Crosfield Limited. The company had a head office in Montreal and branches in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

In 1970 Harrisons and Crosfield (Canada) Limited amalgamated with Dillons Chemical Company Limited (CLC/B/112-043), and in 1988 it became part of Harcros Chemical Group.

For historical notes concerning Harrisons and Crosfield's shareholdings in the Company see CLC/B/112/MS37392. For staff lists of Harrisons and Crosfield (Canada) Limited see CLC/B/112/MS37340-2.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Harrisons and Crosfield (Canada) Limited, including board meeting minutes; general correspondence; memoranda from head office; financial accounts; and summary of sources, suppliers and trading practices.

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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