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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/036
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1881-1963
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 148 production units.
Name of creator(s): Camp Bird Ltd | mining company


Administrative/Biographical history:

Camp Bird Limited was incorporated 8 September 1900. Its principal business was the Camp Bird mine, a gold mine in the Mount Sneffels mining district, County Ouray, Colorado, with a stake of 49,900 in the Camp Bird Mining Co, Denver, Colorado, acquired in June 1902. The company acquired substantial holdings in various Mexican enterprises, in particular the Santa Gertrudis gold and silver mines (1910). Revenue from the Camp Bird mine was decreasing by the 1940s, but in the meantime, the company's mining interests had expanded into Nicaragua, Canada, Australia, Nigeria, South Africa and Rhodesia. By 1952 66% of the company's total investments were in South Africa and Rhodesia.

In the late 1950s, an industrial and trading group in the electrical industry was built up and concentrated into the subsidiary Hartley Baird Limited. The parent company had become purely a holding company by 1958, but in 1960 Camp Bird Limited ceased to be a finance company and was restored as a mining house, with interests in Colorado, Canada, and elsewhere, the parent company becoming an investment company. A winding-up order was made on 7 October 1963.

Camp Bird's first registered office was at 3 Princes Street. It moved to 43 Threadneedle Street in 1902, to 1 London Wall Buildings in 1919, to 49 Moorgate in 1929, and to 39 Dover Street (Camp Bird House) in 1957.


Scope and content/abstract:

The archives of Camp Bird Limited, mining company, consist of minutes, reports and accounts, financial material and correspondence. The archives include records of subsidiary companies including Tekka Taiping Limited; Grahams Trading Company Limited and subsidiaries and Davis and Soper Limited.

These records are held off-site and therefore require 24 hours notice to view.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

CLC/B/036-01: Camp Bird Limited;
CLC/B/036-02: Abelheira Paper Mills Limited;
CLC/B/036-03: Boa Vista Spinning and Weaving Company;
CLC/B/036-04: Braco de Prata Printing Company;
CLC/B/036-05: Davis and Soper Limited;
CLC/B/036-06: Grahams (Lisbon) Limited;
CLC/B/036-07: Grahams Trading Company;
CLC/B/036-08: Reserved Assets Company;
CLC/B/036-09: Tekka Taiping Limited;
CLC/B/036-10: West European Industries Limited;
CLC/B/036-11: William Graham and Company;
CLC/B/036-12: William Graham Junior and Company.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in May 1987 by the Official Receiver, together with the archives of some subsidiaries. The Library also holds the archives of another subsidiary, which were deposited in 1981. 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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