Records of Anglo-American Direct Tea Trading Co Ltd

Scope and Content


  • Memoranda and articles of association;
  • Annual reports or associated papers;
  • Shareholding records;
  • Accounting records;
  • Balance sheet and profit and loss account with supporting schedules;
  • Property records;
  • Board papers;
  • Register of Directors' and Secretaries' 1963-1984;
  • Agreements and legal documents.

Administrative / Biographical History

This company came about as a result of  P R Buchanan' s attempts to sell the tea produced by the North and South Sylhet Tea Companies to the  United States. It was floated in  1898  and was part of the large investment which  Sir John Muir made in tea planting. The agents for this company were  Finlay Muir & Co,  Calcutta, which, by  1898 , were the  Calcutta branch of  James Finlay & Co, and no longer a partnership.


Files arranged as received.

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures. Duplicates have been removed.


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Related Material

See also GB 248 UGD 091/1/1/4/2/1-28, UGD 091/1/6/2, UGD 091/1/4/7/2/1 and UGD 091/1/2/2/2. For a list of the tea estates associated with this company, see Appendix 2, Tea Source List. See also the index of tea estates giving individual piece numbers.

Material in other repositories: GB 059 Finlay Campbell & Co and Finlay Muir & Co (British Library: Oriental and India Office Collections)


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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by members of Glasgow University Archive Services staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant (Cataloguing), May 2012. Additional material catalogued and converted into Encoded Archival Description by Peter Morphew, Cataloguing Archivist, January 2016.