This collection, reflecting the highest level in Barclays' overseas subsidiary, comprises three principal elements: records of the main boards and their committees; records of the chair (the chairman was an executive throughout this period); records of board-appointed general managers and executive local directors.
The records comprise:
- board: complete series of signed minutes from first meeting in 1925; lists of advances 1930-1970s; BBI 'money book' management committee minutes 1971 onwards, papers re amalgamation 1925-28 inc agreements and Act of re-incorporation, papers re absorption by BBI of Limited's foreign branches 1971-72; annual report and accounts and balance sheets; records of general meetings; travel journals of C Fitzherbert 1949-66
- chair: overseas visit reports (Africa, Caribbean, Egypt, Asia, Europe, North America, UK branches); subject files and correspondence including policy, relations with business in each territory (esp South Africa), relations with UK and foreign banks, customers, governments and European Community; capital, directors and staff, organization, management methods, planning; Barclays Overseas Development Corporation and Development Fund; DCO during world war two, nationalization and localization of overseas operations, role of Barclays Merchant Bank, advertising; diaries of Julian Crossley 1943-51, travel diaries of A C Barnes 1937-50
- general managers and local directors: subject files (mostly 1950s onwards) covering similar subjects as for chair, and others inc eurocurrency-eurodollar operations, oil finance, automation, devaluations, secondary banking crises, trade union negotiations (overseas and UK)