Collection of United States Consular Reports

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The US Consular Reports are a collection of information about the economies and markets of other countries - in this case Scotland. They provide statements about the imports and exports between the main ports of Scotland and the US based on the accounts of US consuls in Edinburgh, Leith, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and other Scottish towns. There is economic information on Clyde shipbuilding, Dundee trade and social conditions, the bicycle market, the sugar industry, locomotive building, and cattle and dairy farming. There is detail too about labour in Europe.

Administrative / Biographical History

US Consular Reports were produced by the Bureau of Statistics, Department of Commerce and Labour , and the Manufacturer's Bureau, in the United States. These bodies came into existence in 1903 and 1905 respectively, the former growing out of the Bureau of Statistics, 1874, and the Bureau of Foreign Commerce, 1897. These earlier bodies themselves grew out of a Statistical Office in the US State Department, 1854-1856.

Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material acquired from Professor T. C. Smout, 1977, Accession no. E77.39.

Note

The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Accruals

Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.