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Photographs, c. 1860-1982

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/L8

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous loose photographs and albums featuring directors, staff and associates of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd; buildings, offices and ships in China, Hong Kong and elsewhere, mostly belonging to the company, including ship launches in the United Kingdom; social events; and a wide range of other subjects. There are many photographs taken during the Sino-Japanese conflict in 1937, which reflect the impact of the fighting on Shanghai and other cities. The photographs are in black and white unless otherwise indicated in the catalogue. Some of the images are modern photographic copies of much earlier photographs.


  • Creation: c. 1860-1982


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.


7 archive box(es) (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

L8/1-39 were part of the initial accessions to the Archive. L8/40-55, 56a and 57-62 were received from Matheson & Co. Ltd as part of three accessions, 2012-2015, and include material that belonged to Alan Reid, formerly of Matheson & Co. Ltd. L8/56b and L8/63-74 were received in two accessions from Matheson & Co. Ltd in 2018.


Some of photographs were identified using old archive lists from the Management of the Archive papers. Two unidentified notes found with the photographs and artwork have been stored in an envelope with the photographs.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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