Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Archives

Scope and Content

Records of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, 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.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Company was formed in 1839 and was the principal British shipping company serving the Caribbean and the east coast of Latin America. For further details on its history, see T A Bushell, 'Royal Mail: a Centenary History of the Royal Mail Line 1839-1939' (London [1939]).

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Other Finding Aids

A basic list is available on the online catalogue. A more detailed handlist is available. Please contact Special Collections for further information. 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).

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.