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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/194
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1907-1987
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 95 production units.
Name of creator(s): Rubber Growers' Association


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Rubber Growers' Association was established on 24 June 1907 with the aim of providing a central place where those interested in the production of rubber might meet and discuss matters connected with the industry. Members were to be drawn from any individual or company interested in or connected with the rubber industry (initial members being invited via a circular letter). In July 1912 the Association was incorporated as a limited company; by this time, its work had outgrown all previous expectations. The Association was active in the industry internationally, and this included research projects and examinations into the state of the industry as a whole.

In 1987, the title of the Rubber Growers' Association changed to the Tropical Growers' Association in order to reflect wider representation of plantation crops. Meetings of the Rubber Growers' Association were held in various places through the years:
1907-1914, Chamber of Commerce Building, Oxford Court, Cannon Street;
1914-1922, 38 Eastcheap;
1922-1935, 2-4 Idol Lane, Eastcheap;
1935-1962, 19 Fenchurch Street;
1962-1973, Plantation House, 10-15 Mincing Lane;
1973-1975, Unilever House, Blackfriars;
1975-1980, Dunlop House, Ryder Street, SW17.


Scope and content/abstract:

Rubber Growers' Association records comprising: council minutes, 1907-1983; general meetings minutes, 1948-87; council reports and statements of accounts, 1971-1973; and circulars and reports, 1967-1977.

Ms 38275-7 are subject to a 30 year closure period. Access to these records 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 surviving archives of the Rubber Growers' Association were donated to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1991 and 1992. An additional gift of some records of the Association was made by Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd in 1996 (Mss 38275-7). The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the records of Harrisons and Crosfield see CLC/B/112.

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:
January to May 2011.

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