Jardine, Skinner & Company: Records and Papers

Scope and Content

The main collection is comprised predominantly of several series of in and out letters, covering principally the second half of the nineteenth century. There is correspondence with Jardine, Matheson & Co. in Hong Kong, Matheson & Co. in London, Remington & Co. and other Bombay firms, and with various members of the Skinner and Keswick families. There are, however, few accounting papers. The main collection is supplemented by a second deposit of papers, dating mainly from the twentieth century, relating principally to the activities of Assam Trading (Holding) Ltd, the Makum (Assam) Tea Co. Ltd, and to tea gardens in Assam, 1892-1973.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jardine, Skinner & Company, Calcutta tea and general trading company, formed during the nineteenth century.

Access Information

While the terms of deposit stipulate no restriction on access, many items in the collection are in very poor condition, and are consequently unavailable for consultation.

Acquisition Information

The main part of the collection was presented by Jardine Henderson Ltd of Calcutta, 1981. Additional papers were presented by Sir John Brown of McLeod, Russell & Co., 1981.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

A summary catalogue of the collection is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

Further records are held at Victoria House, Vernon Place, London.


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