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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/207-1
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1890-1963
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 147 production units.
Name of creator(s): African Banking Corporation


Administrative/Biographical history:

The African Banking Corporation was established in 1890 as a British limited company, based in London, to provide banking services in British South Africa. It took over much of the staff, premises and business of the former Cape of Good Hope Bank. During 1891 and 1892 the Corporation absorbed three local banks, the Western Province Bank, the Kaffrarian Colonial Bank and the Worcester Commercial Bank. The Corporation itself was taken over in 1921 by the Standard Bank of South Africa.

The offices of the Corporation were at 43-46 Threadneedle Street, 1891-1905, and 63 London Wall, 1906-20.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the African Banking Corporation comprising financial accounts, agreements, correspondence and scrapbooks.

Access to records less than 45 years old should be sought from the depositor (contact details may be obtained from a member of staff). 24 hours notice is required for access to these records.

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:

Access by appointment only. Please contact 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 archives of the African Banking Corporation were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library on 29 August 1989 by Standard Chartered Bank. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Board minutes and records of shareholders were retained by Standard Chartered. In addition, further archives listed in Pressnell and Orbell, A Guide to the Historical Records of British Banking (1985), have not been deposited and the whereabouts of these other records is unknown.

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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