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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/112-076
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1913-1952
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 7 production units comprising 7 envelopes.
Name of creator(s): Harrisons and Eastern Export Ltd | tea exporters


Administrative/Biographical history:

Harrisons and Eastern Export Limited was formed in 1913 in England through the amalgamation of the Australasian interests of Harrisons and Crosfield's Colombo and Calcutta branches with the business of Eastern Export Proprietary Limited (a subsidiary of Fraser Ramsay Proprietary) to merge their tea businesses. The Company was re-registered in Colombo after it went into voluntary liquidation. With a head office in Colombo and branch office in Calcutta, the Company exported tea from Ceylon to Australia and New Zealand. In 1953 Harrisons and Crosfield Limited purchased the entire share capital from Harrisons Ramsay Proprietary. For historical notes on the Company see CLC/B/112/MS37392.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Harrisons and Eastern Export Limited, tea exporters, including articles of association; minutes of meetings; annual reports; correspondence; financial accounts; and reports of visits to tea traders.

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:

Available for general access.

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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