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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/444
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1710-1910
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4 production units.
Name of creator(s): Dollond | family | optical instrument makers


Administrative/Biographical history:

The family firm was established in 1750 when a small optical workshop was opened in Spitalfields. The growing demand for high quaility optical apparatus necessitated several moves in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The business became a limited company in 1907 and amalgamated with the firm of Aitchison in 1927. The House of Dollond: two hundred years of optical service 1750-1950 by Henry Charles King was published in 1950.


Scope and content/abstract:

These records of the Dollond family, optical instrument makers, comprise family and estate papers and business 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 City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

They were given to Guildhall Library in 1969 and catalogued by a member of staff in 1974. 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:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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