Sub-fonds MS 66/2 - Cox Brothers Ltd, Jute Spinners and Manufactures, Dundee

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MS 66/2


Cox Brothers Ltd, Jute Spinners and Manufactures, Dundee


  • c 1791-2002 (Creation)

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4.15 linear metres

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Biographical history

The Cock family, later Cox, was in business from at least the 18th century. The firm of Cox Brothers was established by the four brothers James, William, Thomas and George in 1841 and became a limited company in 1893. In 1849 the original site at Foggyley became too small and the firm moved to Camperdown Works. Camperdown Works and Cox Brothers ultimately became one of the largest jute manufacturing companies in Europe. In a short time every operation connected with the manufacture of jute was performed within their premises. The company amalgamated with other jute firms in Dundee in 1920 to form Jute Industries Ltd, with James Ernest Cox becoming chairman of Jute Industries in that year. Products included jute and hemp yarns, ropes and twines, bags and sacks, hessians, striped beddings, tickings, horse clothing and tarpaulins. It went into voluntary liquidation in 1933.

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Minutes 1893-1932; letter books 1869-1923; ledgers 1841-2002; cash books and journals 1872-1921; wages records 1860-1921; order and sales book 1861-1914; stock books 1906-1921; shareholding records 1892-1933; miscellaneous volumes 1841-1918; miscellaneous papers 1832-c 1962; balance sheets 1841-1932; photographs c 1791-1989; maps and plans 1865-1913.


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Records are arranged within series.

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The records are on paper and include photographs and outsize plans.

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MS 6 Cox Brothers Ltd, Jute Spinners and Manufacturers, and Cox Family Papers

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MS 66/2

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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