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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:An eagle eye: Africa in the 20th century as viewed through the archives of Barclays bank
Authors:Sienkiewiecz, Maria
Frank, Billy
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic terms:Africa
Great Britain
Abstract:Barclays Bank (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas (DCO)) was founded in 1925. This article provides an overview of the Barclays International archive, located with the archives of the parent group in Manchester. Of the 60,593 items catalogued on the archive database, 10,379 relate to the international business. In addition to the records of Barclays (DCO) the archive also contains material created by the three predecessors of Barclays Bank: the National Bank of South Africa, the Anglo-Egyptian Bank, and the Colonial Bank, dating back to 1871, 1864 and 1836 respectively. The archive holds a lot of information about the territories in which Barclays operated and about the British attitude towards the territories in the 20th century. Items include minutes of DCO Board meetings and of meetings of Local Boards dealing with international business, inspection reports, letters, photographs and issues of the staff magazine that was published between 1946 and 1989. Barclays International archive has much to offer for researchers interested in the evolving concept and ideology of 'development', as well as for those examining its practical history and impact on the ground. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]