Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Scope and Content

Reports of committee 1949-1978; proceedings of annual general meetings 1953-1976; miscellaneous records 1853-1975.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry was founded on 12 February 1853, mainly as a result of an investigation by a committee into the effectiveness of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce and its deteriorating financial position. The committee consisted of four businessmen: David Cowie, W W Kettlewell, D MacKinlay and F F MacKenzie, who became the first president of the Chamber. Membership of the Chamber was restricted to those who owned or managed business and industrial undertakings, and members were encouraged to support or dissent from the Chamber's actions, as they felt appropriate. The Chamber was a democratic advisory group, which actively lobbied for legislative improvements and supported various community projects.

The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry was not part of the A & S Henry group.


Records are arranged within series.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by A & S Henry & Co Ltd 1984-1993 (AccM/207, AccM/245, AccM/293).

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