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River and Mercantile Trust Records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 RMT
Held at: University College London
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Full title: River and Mercantile Trust Records
Date(s): 1819-1983
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 136 volumes, 44 boxes, 17 files
Name of creator(s): River and Mercantile Trust
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The River Plate Trust Loan and Agency Company Ltd (founded in 1881), which administered various companies in South America, was succeeded in 1961 by the River Plate and Mercantile Trust Ltd (later the River and Mercantile Trust PLC).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the River Plate Trust Loan and Agency Company Ltd, 1876-1978, including minutes, ledgers, registers, accounts, annual reports, legal documents, insurance records, staff records, letters and files, some relating to subordinate companies (Ref: A); and records of the subsidiary companies it administered:
River Plate and General Investment Company Ltd, comprising minutes, 1888-1965, ledgers, 1888-1941, and annual reports, 1889-1983 (Ref: B);
Mortgage Company of the River Plate Ltd, comprising minutes, 1888-1965, ledgers, 1888-1953, and annual reports, 1888-1981 (Ref: C);
Compagnie Française des Chemins de Fer de la Province de Santa Fé, comprising circulars to bondholders, 1891-1947, and reports, 1936-1947 (Ref: D);
London Trust Company, comprising ledgers, 1889-1928, registers of stock, 1889-1958, and miscellaneous papers, 1819-1974 (Ref: E);
Entre Rios Railway Company, comprising reports, 1891-1900, and circulars and minutes, 1933-1947 (Ref: F);
Cucuta Railway Company, comprising Presidents' reports, 1926-1936 (Ref: G);
Montevideo Waterworks, comprising reports and accounts, 1880-1940, and notices and circulars, 1949-1953 (Ref: H);
Consolidated Waterworks of Rosario, comprising reports and accounts, 1897-1946, and notices and circulars, 1930-1955 (Ref: J);
Rosario Drainage Company, comprising reports and accounts, 1898-1947, and notices and circulars, 1955 (Ref: K);
Buenos Aires Central Railway, comprising minutes, 1916-1944 (Ref: L);
Buenos Aires and Lacroze Tramways, comprising minutes, 1932-1940, and reports and accounts, 1933-1941 (Ref: M).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, French and Spanish

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Any major work based on the archives must be submitted to Rivermoor Management Services Ltd.

Finding aids:

Collection level. Handlist in progress. See also A Guide to Manuscript Sources for the History of Latin America and the Caribbean in the British Isles, ed Peter Walne (Oxford University Press, London, 1973).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Rivermoor Management Services Ltd (manager of the River and Mercantile Trust PLC) in 1984. A small collection of notes made by Charles Jones and Linda Jones from part of the original archive that was destroyed in the 1970s was donated to UCL in 2018.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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:
Oct 2001; updated June 2018

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