Thomas Duff & Company Ltd
- 1883-1974 (Creation)
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7.75 linear metres
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Having previously worked as manager of the Borneo Co, Thomas Duff founded the firm in 1883 to act as agents for the Samnuggur Jute Factory Co and the Titaghur Jute Factory Co, two Calcutta Jute mill companies founded by Duff in 1873 and 1883 respectively. They took on the agency of the Victoria Jute Factory Co in 1888 and that of the Angus Company in 1933. In 1948 Thomas Duff & Company Ltd, was reconstructed and registered as the Indian company Thomas Duff & Co (India) Private Ltd with Thomas Duff & Company Ltd, as a wholly owned subsidiary. The Indian Company continued to be the managing agents for the Titaghur Group Companies and still maintained the Dundee office at Meadow House in conjunction with the Titaghur Jute Factory Co Ltd and A & S Henry & Co (Dundee) Ltd until 1983.
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Directors' minutes 1883-1945; ledgers 1930-1973; cash books/journals 1922-1959; balance sheets/directors' reports 1918-1959; memoranda and articles of association 1874-1901, 1908, 1932, 1948 and 1964; letter books and files 1888-1946; managers' reports to the directors 1930-1974; employees records ca 1913-1970; sales and production records 1945-1977; files relating to the modernisation and electrification of the Indian jute mills 1944-1971; files relating to the reconstruction of Thomas Duff & Co as registered in India 1947-1950; miscellaneous records ca 1880s-1890s; drawings relating to jute processing but not linked to specified company; plans of property in Dundee 1865-1923.
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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 outsize plans.
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Related item: 'Migrant Labour in Calcutta Jute Mills: Class, Instability and Control'. Paper presented by Arjan de Haan of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, at the workshop "From Forest to Field to Factory: Labour and Dalit Movements in India" SOAS, London, 29-30 November 1990, can also be found in Dundee University Archive Services;
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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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