Bank of London and South America Archives

Scope and Content

Letter books and accounting records of the Bank of London and South America and its constituent banks. Letters relate especially to Uruguay from 1864, Argentina from 1865, Brazil from 1868 and Chile from 1888.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Bank of London and South America was formed in October 1923 as an amalgamation of the London & Brazilian Bank and the London&River Plate Bank. They were brought together by Lloyds Bank. The amalgamation occurred to prevent the two banks competing and pushing one of them out of business, as most of their branches were in the same cities and they were carrying out the same kind of business. Lloyds retained overall control, though it was joined by other shareholders. In 1936 the Bank took over the Anglo-South American Bank, which had itself absorbed the British Bank of South America and the Commercial Bank of Spanish America. It is now a subsidiary of Lloyds Bank International.

Access Information

Open to all registered researchers. No photocopying or publication from the archive without permission from Lloyds.

Acquisition Information

Deposited on indefinite loan in 1969 by the Bank of London & South America, and in 1982 by Lloyds Bank International. Additional papers found in 1973 by Dr Blakemore among the papers of David Joslin.

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