Dollar Exports Council and predecessors

Scope and Content

Subject files and correspondence, 1949-1958.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Dollar Exports Board (DEB) was set up in 1949 at the instigation of the Board of Trade with the active participation of a number of bodies and interests, including the Federation of British Industries (FBI), the National Union of Manufacturers, the Association of British Chambers of Commerce (ABCC), the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the City Advisory Group. It encouraged and assisted manufacturers to export to the hard currency areas of Canada, the United States of America and the Caribbean. It became the Dollar Exports Advisory Council (DEAC) in June 1951 and the Dollar Exports Council (DEC) in December 1951. In 1959 it was reconstituted as the Western Hemisphere Exports Council (WHEC), becoming a constituent of the British National Export Council in 1965.

Reference: Alan Crookham, Michael Wilcox, Christine Woodland and Richard Storey, 'The Confederation of British Industry and predecessor archives' (Coventry: University of Warwick Library, 1997).

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the CBI in 1979.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

Any significant work based on use of the archive must be submitted to the CBI prior to publication.

Appraisal Information

Material for the archive was selected in conjunction with the CBI's records management service.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds the following records of the Confederation of British Industry's predecessors: the British Employers' Confederation (MSS.200/B), the Federation of British Industries (MSS.200/F); and the National Association of British Manufacturers (MSS.200/N). It also holds the records of a number of related organisations. These include: the British Dextrine Manufacturers' Association (MSS.200/BDMA), the British Industrial Measuring and Control Apparatus Manufacturers' Association (MSS.200/BIMCAM), the British Towel Manufacturers' Association (MSS.200/BTMA), the Committee of British Employers Operating Abroad (MSS.200/BEOA), the Dollar Exports Council (MSS.200/DEC), the India (Pakistan &) Burma Association (MSS.200/IPBA), the Joint Committee on India (MSS.200/JCI), the Lancashire and District Trade Effluent Committee (MSS.200/LDTE), the National Industrial Organisation (MSS.200/NIO), the NEDC Liaison Group (MSS.200/NEDC), the Trade Board (Employers') Consultative Council (MSS.200/TB); and the Traders' Co-ordinating Committee on Transport (MSS.200/TCC).