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Early subject files, 1908-1960 (predominantly 1908 to early 1940s)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/I21/2

Scope and Contents

This series contains a wide range of files compiled by different individuals and departments of Matheson & Co. Ltd regarding particular aspects of the firm's work. Most of the files are comprised of original letters to Matheson & Co. Ltd and copies of letters from the firm. There are also many related letters and papers. Some of the earlier files also include copies and extracts of correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, which were later assigned to their own series (I21/3).


  • Creation: 1908-1960 (predominantly 1908 to early 1940s)


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at

Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers.

Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.


40 archive box(es) (40 boxes)

2 file(s) (2 ring-binders)

Language of Materials


Related Materials

From around 1939, series I21/2 and I21/3 were replaced over time by a new series of numbered subject files, I21/4, comprised mainly of duplicate letters. In some cases files and series in I21/2 that were started before 1939 were continued beyond this date, meaing that some contain material which overlaps chronologically with I21/4.

Repository Details

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