The Archive of the Main Board of BP p.l.c., its group business centre, business streams and UK incorporated subsidiaries. Core business records are available including documents of incorporation; General and Board minutes; accounts, schedules and shareholder records. The Archive also includes Company magazines; annual reports and accounts; photographs; films; public relations materials and D'Arcy family albums. More detail can be found in the large collection of working files which constitutes half the Archive's holdings. In addition there is a small number of private accessions deposited by former employees.
The Archive covers local, national and international history, and subjects include every aspect of life touched by the oil industry: political, cultural and social affairs; international disputes and warfare; changing topographies; industrial relations; economics and business issues; transport, particularly road, rail and ocean tankers; technological developments; and advertising and livery. Given that the Company was the first to develop the oil resources of the Middle East, the Archive is a particularly important source for Middle Eastern history in the 20th century, and the radical changes that the oil industry brought to every aspect of life in the countries of the Middle East. It is also an important source for the history of the United Kingdom, the Americas, and Australasia, and contains some information on most other areas of the world.