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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/112-012
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1907-1975
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 364 production units.
Name of creator(s): Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd | traders in tea, coffee, rubber, timber, chemicals, and other agricultural products


Administrative/Biographical history:

Harrisons and Crosfield opened an office in Calcutta in 1900 under the style Lampard, Clark and Company (CLC/B/112-099, Mss 37914-25). From 1908 the office was treated as a branch office of Harrisons and Crosfield Limited. An office was opened in Quilon (1911), and also in Calicut (circa 1912) and Cochin (circa 1919). In 1968 the Quilon branch moved to Cochin. See also the records of Davenport and Co, acquired in 1930, which acted as managing agents of a number of Indian tea companies (CLC/B/112-041; Mss 37462-8).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Indian branch of Harrisons and Crosfield Limited, including correspondence with head office; memoranda; papers regarding the business including trading, shipping and property; papers relating to staffing issues including disputes and migration; press cuttings and notes relating to the political situation in India; and financial accounts.

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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