Records of House of Fraser plc, department store retailers, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

The online catalogue for the House of Fraser Archive is available at .

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1849, James Arthur and Hugh Fraser opened a drapery store specialising in silk, linens and woollens. They rented premises for the store on the first floor of a mansion at the corner of Buchanan Street and Argyle Street in Glasgow, Scotland. From this company came House of Fraser Ltd, which continues, in 2011, to trade from premises in Buchanan Street, Glasgow.

Over the course of its 160 year history, the House of Fraser expanded into one of Britain's largest and most successful department store retailers. Through the acquisition of other retailers, House of Fraser gained a presence in towns and cities the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

Full details of the history of House of Fraser and its subsidiary companies can be found through the online catalogue available at .

Moss, Michael and Turton, Alison, A Legend in Retailing: House of Fraser (London, 1989)


The House of Fraser Archive has been arranged according to a functional, series-based system.

Access Information

Open. Some restrictions may apply to records in line with the Data Protection Act.

Acquisition Information

Records transferred from House of Fraser plc in 1979.

Other Finding Aids

Online catalogue available at

Previous finding aids for the collection available from Archive Services, first edition dated 1980s, second edition dated 2002.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures.

Custodial History

Prior to deposit with the University of Glasgow, the House of Fraser Archive held by the creator.


Accruals expected.

Related Material

GB 2350 Records of Harrods Ltd (Harrods Company Archive, London, England)

Location of Originals

This material is original


Michael Moss and Alison Turton, A Legend of Retailing... House of Fraser (London, 1989)

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and 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.

Compiled by Wiebke Redlich, Archive Assistant (Hub), 18 October 2002

Updated by Clare Paterson, Assistant Archivist (Scottish Business Archive), 22 December 2011

Geographical Names