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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/112-047
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1948-1985
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 22 production units comprising 8 binders and 14 envelopes.
Name of creator(s): Durham Raw Materials Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

Durham Raw Materials Limited was founded in 1948 as a private limited company by Harrisons and Crosfield Limited (CLC/B/112) and Durham Chemicals Limited (CLC/B/112-046) to distribute chemicals produced by Durham Chemicals Limited in the UK. It had branches in Birtley, Manchester and Glasgow. It also acted as the sole selling agent for Nuodex Limited and a number of other companies. It was later part of Harcros Chemicals Group.

For lists of staff 1947-68 see CLC/B/112/MS37338. For historical notes concerning Harrisons and Crosfield's shareholdings in the Company see CLC/B/112/MS37392.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Durham Raw Materials Limited, including articles of association, board and general meeting minutes and agendas; correspondence; financial accounts; and sales ledgers.

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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