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Later subject files, 1908-2006 (mainly 1945-2006)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/I21/4

Scope and Contents

Series of correspondence compiled by Matheson & Co. Ltd regarding particular subjects, containing semi-official and other correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Jardine Matheson, Shanghai; correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd and other correspondents; and related letters and papers. Most of the correspondence is comprised of copies of letters, although there are some original letters to Matheson & Co. Ltd. Some files are comprised mostly or solely of copies of correspondence between other correspondents, which were forwarded to Matheson & Co. Ltd, relating to particular business operations connected to Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd. The earliest file was started in 1939, but some files contain copies of earlier material. Most of the series were created after the end of the Second World War. The majority of the files are numbered.


  • Creation: 1908-2006 (mainly 1945-2006)


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson and 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 is generally available to documents dated up to 1969. Access to some earlier records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.


16 cubic metre(s) (29 bays (c. 16m³))

Language of Materials



The files were created by Matheson & Co. Ltd on an ad hoc basis, and are comprised of numerous individual files and small series of files. To provide greater clarity, material regarding companies, places and specific produce and commodities have been grouped into their own sub-series at the start of the series, with the other, more general files following thereafter.

Related Materials

This series was the successor to the earlier series I21/2 and I21/3.

I21/14/44 contains index cards compiled c. 1982 recording private and confidential letters (J4) found in the subject files.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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