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Subject files of Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, 1936-1955 (mainly 1950s)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J12

Scope and Contents

Files compiled by Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, of selected correspondence of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd and other correspondents regarding particular subjects, with related papers. Much of the material concerns the closure in 1954 of the China offices of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd and its subsidiaries and the transfer of their assets and liabilities to the state-operated Chung Hwa Development Company on 1 October 1954. The papers divide into five main groups: the firm's China offices (J12/1-2), staff (J12/3-5), subsidiary companies (J12/6-9), properties (J12/10-12), trade in commodities (J12/13-16), and other (J12/17-18). Some documents are in Chinese.


  • Creation: 1936-1955 (mainly 1950s)


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.


10 archive box(es) (10 boxes (97 folders))

Language of Materials



Custodial History

Many of the papers formed part of a set of records of Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, which was stored at the British Consulate General, Shanghai, on the closure of the office. For further details see semi-official letters no. 39 from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, 3 August 1966 (see J1/138/35), and no. 569 from Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, to Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 23 August 1966 (see J1/121/34).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, in two accessions, 2012 and 2013.

Related Materials

A9/8-16 includes further papers relating to Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, and the closure of the firm's China agencies.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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