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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/102
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1903-1941
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 13 production units.
Name of creator(s): Goschens and Cunliffe | merchants and bankers
Fruhling, Goschens and Co | merchants and bankers


Administrative/Biographical history:

The firm was established by German merchants in London in 1814 as Fruhling, Goschen and Company to act as commission agents exporting colonial produce and cotton to Germany. It later acted as merchant and foreign bankers, and merged in 1920 with Cunliffe Brothers to form Goschens and Cunliffe. The firm ceased trading in 1940. It was based at 12 Austin Friars.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Goschens and Cunliffe, merchants and bankers, comprising out-letter books, telegram books and register of policies. Also records of predecessor Fruhling, Goschens and Company, comprising letters to their agent in Germany.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

CLC/B/102-01: Goschens and Cunliffe; CLC/B/102-02: Fruhling, Goschens and Company.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The archives of the firm were deposited with the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1963 by Antony Gibbs and Sons. H K Goschen had become a partner of Antony Gibbs in 1947. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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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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