Sub-fonds MS 86/23 - Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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MS 86/23


Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry


  • 1853-1978 (Creation)

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0.60 linear metres

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The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry was founded on 12 February 1853, mainly as a result of an investigation by a committee into the effectiveness of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce and its deteriorating financial position. The committee consisted of four businessmen: David Cowie, W W Kettlewell, D MacKinlay and F F MacKenzie, who became the first president of the Chamber. Membership of the Chamber was restricted to those who owned or managed business and industrial undertakings, and members were encouraged to support or dissent from the Chamber's actions, as they felt appropriate. The Chamber was a democratic advisory group, which actively lobbied for legislative improvements and supported various community projects. The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry was not part of the A & S Henry group.

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Reports of committee 1949 1978; proceedings of annual general meetings 1953 1976; miscellaneous records 1853 1975.


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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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MS 86/23

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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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