Collection MS 83 - The Jute Importers Association

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MS 83


The Jute Importers Association


  • 1892-1976 (Creation)

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5.30 linear metres

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Biographical history

The Association originated in 1892 as the Jute Importers' Mutual Protection Association. From the beginning it existed as a representative organisation for the British Jute merchants - the importers of raw material. The Association dealt with all Indian aspects of the trade including the contract of sale and transport of goods. In the case of damage to raw material before or in transit the Association handled the arbitration between the British and Indian shipping companies, including legal representation. The Association's contract, under which all members purchase raw jute, insisted that all arbitration was done in Dundee. Between the late 1960s and early 1970s the Association did not have its own Secretary and during this period the Secretary of The Jute Spinners and Manufacturers Association managed its affairs.

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Scope and content

Minutes 1892-1968; correspondence and papers relating to the articles of association, contract and membership of the Jute Importers Association 1909-1975; financial records 1907-1974; records relating to arbitration and miscellaneous disputes 1910-1976; correspondence and papers re. the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1957-1971; correspondence and other papers relating to the British Jute Trade Federal Council and the London Jute Association 1933-1974; miscellaneous papers relating to Indian and Pakistan affairs 1927-1973; papers relating to the India/Pakistan Shipping Conference Lines 1965-1970; records of the Calcutta Baled Jute Association 1933-1950 and Pakistan Jute Association 1955-1971;correspondence and papers relating to the Jute Importers' Association's 'Contintental Forwarding Scheme' during the National Dock Strike, 1970, and the 'Holding Schemes' during later strikes 1970-1975; miscellaneous papers 1894-1974; photographs c.1900.


Not expected

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Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

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.

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MS 84 Association of Jute Spinners and Manufacturers

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MS 83

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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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