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Latin American Collections
Balfour, Williamson & Company Ltd

29 boxes and 18 volumes

Special Collections image Records of the Chilean merchants Balfour, Williamson & Company Ltd, founded in 1851, including legal and financial papers, correspondence and photographs, c1840-1975. The collection includes some papers relating to associated companies, including Lobitos Oilfields, the Pacific Loan and Investment Company Ltd, and the Compañía Estañifera de Ocuri. The papers of the Santa Rosa Milling Company, a former Balfour Williamson subsidiary taken over by the Bank of London and South America, have a separate entry in this list.

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Bank of London & South America Ltd

1,140 volumes

Page from BOLSA Letter book Letter books and some accounting records, c1868-1945, of the Bank of London & South America, which was formed in 1923 as an amalgamation of the London & Brazilian Bank and the London & River Plate Bank. In 1936 the Bank took over the Anglo South American Bank , which had itself absorbed the British Bank of South America and the Commercial Bank of Spanish America.

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MS ADD 302 - Brown Family Papers

Images from the Brown Family Papers 1 box

A collection of miscellaneous diaries and sketches relating to the travels in South America and other places, 1818-1866, of JosephBrown (1764-1847), London merchant, his son Joseph Brown (1802-1874), banker in Lima, and his daughter Ann Cox Brown (1807-1893).

Handlist available. Other papers from the same collection are held by the Greenwich Maritime Museum and Melbourne University.

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Buenos Ayres & Pacific Railway Company Ltd

Volume of articles and documents from the Buenos Ayres & Pacificc Railway Company Limited 6 boxes and 9 volumes

Minutes and financial papers of the Buenos Ayres & Pacific Railway Company, covering the years 1883-1964. The collection includes papers of associated companies: Argentine Transandine Holdings, Catalinas Warehouse & Mole Company, and the Villa Maria & Rufino Railway Ltd.

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Frederick Huth & Company

275 volumes & 8 boxes

Papers, 1812-1955, of the London merchant bankers Frederick Huth & Company, dissolved in 1936. The collection includes letter books and account books, 1820-1904; in-letters, 1814-1850; in-letters from French and German firms, 1855-1877; files relating to firms in Russia, 1914-1932.

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Edward Johnston & Company Ltd

Group photograph of New York Coffe Merchants, 1880. 1 box

Letter books and notes on the coffee trade, 1884-1942, from the Santos (Brazil) coffee-exporting house, Edward Johnston & Company Ltd .

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Norris Photographs (LABA MISC)

1 packet

Photographs of South American railways, c1905-1910, taken by the locomotive engineer Arthur Norris (1879-1959).

Locomotive being repaired, Norris Photographs

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Peruvian Corporation

93 boxes & 25 volumes

Special Collections image Annual reports, legal documents, files, photographs etc, of the Peruvian Corporation, a company founded in 1890 to run the railways of Peru on behalf of the Peruvian bond-holders. The collection covers the dates 1849-1956.

The collection comprises of the surviving records accumulated at the London Office of the Peruvian Corporation. The bulk of the collection is an accumulation of files, most of which are dated after 1930, with a large proportion dating from the last ten years of the Corporation's history. Of more special note is the unusual series of photograph albums, with photographs of railways, scenery, locomotives and rolling stock dating from the early years of the 20th century. It is clear that the Corporation regularly destroyed groups of non-current records, and further papers were destroyed just before the collection reached the Library, so many expected series do not appear (for example, there are very few financial records). Apart from a full series of Annual Reports and some legal documents, there is very little material relating to the Peruvian Bondholders' Committee or to the early days of the Corporation.

Handlist: The Archives of the Peruvian Corporation: a handlist, comp. J.Percival, UCL Library, Occasional Publications, 7 (London, 1980).

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River & Mercantile Trust

Archives of the River & Mercantile Trust.

Catalogue incomplete - enquiries should be made to the Archivist.

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Royal Mail Steam Packet Company

10 boxes and 78 volumes

Special Collections image The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company was formed in 1839 and was the principal British shipping company serving the Caribbean and the east coast of Latin America. The collection consists of records from 1840-1958, comprising reports, accounts, minutes, cash books, agreements and other business records, and including some records of the Australasian Pacific Mail Steam Packet Company, Nelson Line, and the Australian Royal Mail Steam Packet Company.

Handlist available

Further papers of this company are housed in the National Maritime Museum.

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Santa Rosa Milling Company Ltd

25 boxes & 4 volumes

Special Collections image Papers of the Chilean milling company, the Santa Rosa Milling Company Ltd, in existence from 1913 to 1971. The firm was originally a subsidiary of Balfour, Williamson & Company, and was later taken over by the Bank of London & South America.

The collection covers the years 1913-1975, and includes minutes, correspondence, legal and financial papers. It contains the papers of associated companies: Cía Molinera de Concepcíon, Cía Molinera San Cristóbal, Sociedad Molinera de Osorno, Sociedad Arrocera 'Selecta'.

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J.Henry Schroder Wagg & Company Ltd

1 box

Records of the merchant bankers J.Henry Schroder Wagg & Company Ltd : printed prospectuses for Latin American issues, 1853-1914.

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United Railways of the Havana & Regla Warehouses

12 boxes

Records of United Railways of the Havana & Regla Warehouses Ltd , a company which went into voluntary liquidation in 1954 after the purchase of its property by the Cuban government. The collection contains records of subsidiary companies:

  • Cuban Central Railways Ltd, minutes, 1907-1952
  • Havana Terminal Railroad Company, minutes, 1910-1952
  • Marianao & Havana Railway Company Ltd, minutes, accounts etc, 1871-1954
  • Matanzas Terminal Railway Company, minutes, 1926-1934
  • Western Railway of Havana Ltd, minutes, 1892-1952

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Western Telegraph Company Ltd

Memorandum from the Western Telegraph Company Ltd 14 boxes

Letter books and staff lists, 1883-1949, of the Western Telegraph Company Ltd, which amalgamated with the Eastern Telegraph Company in 1929 to form Cable & Wireless Ltd.

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