News: Archive for 1970

#FromtheArchives - The Louisiana Purchase

Posted on Tuesday, 14th June 2022

This time on From the Archives we're exploring an important set of papers preserved in the archive that relate to one of the largest real estate deals in history - the Louisiana Purchase.

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#FromtheArchives - US Civil War Finance

Posted on Friday, 20th May 2022

This time on #FromtheArchives we are featuring a selection of documents used by one of The Baring Archive's regular researchers.

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Baring Archive PhD scholarship opportunity on the Role of Slavery in the British Financial Sector

Posted on Monday, 16th May 2022

The Baring Archive is pleased to announce that a PhD scholarship focussed on the role of slavery in the British financial sector is being offered in partnership with the University of Leeds.

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#FromtheArchives - Guano trade

Posted on Tuesday, 26th April 2022

A letter in the Baring Archive provides an insight into the trade of what we might regard as an unusual  commodity - bird poo. Guano is the accumulated excrement of seabirds and is a highly effective organic fertiliser.

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#FromtheArchives - Brazilian Coffee Loan

Posted on Monday, 14th March 2022

In the 1920s Barings, acting with two other London merchant banks, lead-managed several sterling bond issues for the Brazilian Government and for Brazilian state governments. One issue of note was the 1922 £7 million 7.5% 30-year bond issued for the United States of Brazil Government.

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#FromtheArchives: Oriental Bank Corporation

Posted on Tuesday, 25th January 2022

A set of share certificates deposited with Barings provides a window into the world of colonial investment in the mid-19th century.

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#FromtheArchives - a Christmas telegram

Posted on Wednesday, 15th December 2021

This month a Christmas telegram from an important client provides an opportunity to explore our House Correspondence - Argentina series (HC4.1).

On 26 December 1903 Marco Avellaneda, the Minister of Finance of the Argentine Republic sent festive greetings to Barings via The Eastern Telegraph Company.

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#FromtheArchives - Reports on Business Houses

Posted on Thursday, 25th November 2021

How did merchant banks learn about their potential clients in an era without computerisation and databases? The Baring Archive’s Reports on Business Houses show how Barings developed an evolving network of overseas agents to assist them in gathering and forwarding relevant news and information.

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#FromtheArchives - Counting House Expenses

Posted on Wednesday, 27th October 2021

What did it cost to run a City of London merchant bank one hundred years ago? The Counting House Expenses in Barings' Annual Account Balances can help to answer this question.

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#FromtheArchives - Northbrook Papers

Posted on Wednesday, 1st September 2021

Francis Baring was no stranger to the idea of working from home.  From the establishment of Barings in 1762 he lived above his business premises in the City of London. In the early years these addresses included Queen Street, St Paul's Church Yard and 35 Mark Lane.

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#FromtheArchives - Statistics of Trade

Posted on Friday, 13th August 2021

Commercial intelligence has always been vital for financial success. While today's traders are able to use modern technology to constantly monitor markets and prices, their 19th century counterparts kept up to date by relying on trade circulars sent by traders and merchants on the ground.

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#FromtheArchives - Bow River Horse Ranche Company Limited

Posted on Monday, 5th July 2021

Our first #FromtheArchives feature focuses on a single share certificate, the first in the Baring Archive's Certificates and Securities collection.  

The certificate is for the Bow River Horse Ranche Company Limited, located at Cochrane, Alberta Canada.

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Baring Archive Advisory Group welcomes new member

Posted on Wednesday, 2nd June 2021

The Baring Archive Advisory Group officially welcomed Clare Paterson as the newest member at their recent meeting.

Clare is Senior Archivist at Glasgow University Archives and Special Collections.

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Update on advisory group on records relating to slavery in the Baring Archive

Posted on Monday, 1st February 2021

In July 2020, the Trustees of the Baring Archive announced that they would be establishing a working group to consider the records in the archive that relate to financial activities associated with slavery.

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Risks and Rewards site to be withdrawn from service

Posted on Thursday, 29th October 2020

The Risks and Rewards website will be been withdrawn from service from 31 December 2020. 

From May 2012 to December 2020 used actual sources from The Baring Archive to open up the world of finance past and present.

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Archive materials relating to slavery in The Baring Archive

Posted on Friday, 10th July 2020

The Trustees of the Baring Archive are aware that there are records in The Baring Archive that relate to slavery. Examples include documents concerning the international trade in slave grown commodities like sugar and cotton and papers relating to mortgages on plantations where these commodities were grown.

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Digitised Collections site now accessible online

Posted on Monday, 1st July 2019

We are pleased to announce that our Digitised Collections site is now accessible online. The site enables priority areas of the archive to be made more accessible to researchers and the general public, opening up the collection to people from all over the world.

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Baring portraits on show at the Guildhall

Posted on Thursday, 24th January 2019

Two portraits from the Baring Archive's collection are currently on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery.

James Sant's 1872 portrait of George, Cecil and Everard Baring and E Tayleur's portrait of 3rd Lord Revelstoke as a boy have been loaned to the exhibition Seen and Heard: Victorian Children in the Frame.

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Material selection for Digitisation

Posted on Friday, 18th January 2019

The Baring Archive's Charlotte Willett has shared our approach on selecting material for  digitisation at a number of events, most recently at the National Archives' Let's Get Digital event.

View her presentation or go straight to our Baring Archive Digitisation Selection Model.

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Digitisation Pilot Project Update

Posted on Wednesday, 5th September 2018

The Baring Archive has made significant progress with its six-month pilot project to make its archives on Argentina more accessible.

6958 documents telling the story of Baring’s business in Argentina have now been imaged. The documents cover the period 1814 to 1925.

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Business History Conference 2019 call for papers

Posted on Monday, 30th July 2018

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference will take place at the Hilton Cartagena de Indias, Colombia from 14-16 March 2019.

The theme of the conference will be Globalization and De-Globalization: Shifts of Power and Wealth.

Proposals are due 1 October 2018. For more information visit the conference web page

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New online exhibition on the portraits in The Baring Archive

Posted on Monday, 2nd July 2018

A new exhibition focussing on the portraits in The Baring Archive's collection has now been published on our website.

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Francis Baring portrait on loan to Bowood House

Posted on Thursday, 21st June 2018

The Baring Archive’s portrait of Sir Francis Baring, founder of Barings is now on a long term loan to Bowood House.

Bowood House in Wiltshire has been home to the Lansdowne family since 1754 and houses a wealth of unique art and antiques with many historical treasures.

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Digitising the Baring Archive

Posted on Monday, 9th April 2018

The Baring Archive is about to embark on a major digitisation project to make its archives on Latin America more accessible.

We hope that through this project we will begin to open up the collection to a wider audience to enable researchers to use the archives from anywhere in the world.

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Call for papers/Seeing Like a Capitalist: Histories of Commercial Surveillance in America

Posted on Monday, 26th February 2018

Baring Archive Researchers may be interested in the following call for papers from the Hagley Museum and Library. The Baring Archive contains many examples of this type of document, for example the reports on business houses (HC16).

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Massachusetts Historical Society Short term fellowships

Posted on Friday, 23rd February 2018

Application deadline 1 March 2018

There are many links between Barings and Boston and Baring Archive researchers may be interested in the following fellowships provided by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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Professor Richard Roberts (1950-2017)

Posted on Thursday, 22nd February 2018

The Baring Archive would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our Trustee Professor Richard Roberts who passed away just before Christmas.

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The Baring Archive moving to new premises

Posted on Thursday, 19th May 2016

The Baring Archive is moving to new premises this summer and therefore we will be unavailable for the majority of May and June 2016.

Appointments are currently being made for July 2016 onwards. For more information contact the Archivist.

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Posted on Thursday, 19th May 2016

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Messrs Baring Brothers & Co on show at the Cobra Museum of Modern Art

Posted on Wednesday, 1st October 2014

A painting of four key figures in the history of Barings is currently featuring in an exhibition in the Netherlands.

Ambrose McEvoy's painting, Messrs Baring Brothers & Co, was painted in 1926 and depicts John Baring, Cecil Baring, Alfred Mildmay and Gaspard Farrer.

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Barings features on London BookBench

Posted on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014

Throughout the summer fifty BookBench sculptures have been decorating the streets of London. Barings features on the bench depicting Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, which was published in 1873.

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Barings and the First World War

Posted on Wednesday, 30th July 2014

The Baring Archive has just published Barings and the First World War, an online exhibition to mark the centenary of the beginning of the conflict.

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Conclusion of successful exhibition at Museum of American Finance, NY

Posted on Thursday, 10th October 2013

"Barings in America: An Interactive Investment Experience" has recently closed at the Museum of American Finance (MOAF) in New York. The exhibition, which opened in December 2012, was extended from its planned closure date in April 2013. It was seen by more than 25,000 people.

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An evening with the Barings

Posted on Wednesday, 18th September 2013

Hampshire Record Office will be hosting a repeat of the successful "An evening with the Barings" event on Monday 23rd September from 5pm to 7.45pm.

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Baring Archive featured by Bloomberg News

Posted on Thursday, 7th March 2013


The Baring Archive has made the news in a Bloomberg article on the Falklands Referendum.

In 1824, Barings lead managed a £1 million bond for the State of Buenos Aires however, in 1828, the Argentine Government defaulted.

Remarkably, after some twenty years of negotiations, the Argentine Government offered to settle the debt by dropping their claim to the Falkland islands.

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Oral history extracts now available online

Posted on Friday, 1st March 2013

Extracts of a series of oral history interviews are now available in an online exhibition on The Baring Archive's website.

The extracts give an insight into what it was like to work at Barings from 1940 through to the 1990s. Topics covered include the Second World War, recruitment, computerisation, globalisation and the 1995 crisis.

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The Baring Archive in Hampshire

Posted on Monday, 18th February 2013

Until mid-March, visitors to Hampshire Record Office will be able to find out more about Barings. An exhibition to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Barings is now on display in the lobby of the records centre.

Barings was founded in 1762 by John, Francis and Charles Baring.

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TBAL celebrates foundation of Barings

Posted on Friday, 18th January 2013

On the evening of Monday 7th January 2013 The Baring Archive held a symposium and reception to mark 250 years since the establishment of John and Francis Baring & Co on Christmas Day 1762.

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The Baring Archive at the Museum of American Finance, NY

Posted on Wednesday, 12th December 2012

The Baring Archive is delighted to announce the opening of "Barings in America: An Interactive Investment Experience" at the Museum of American Finance in New York.

"Barings in America" will provide engaging details about Barings' significant US investments and their contributions to the growth of the nation and its industry.

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EABH 2013 Young Scholar Workshop

Posted on Thursday, 6th December 2012

The European Association for Banking and Financial History invites the submission of paper proposals relating to:

Foreign Financial Institutions & National Financial Systems

for presentation at the 2013 Young Scholar Workshop on 3 March 2013 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Department of Economics.

For more information please visit

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The Baring Archive at Manor House, Lee

Posted on Thursday, 8th November 2012

From Saturday 10 November to Monday 31 December (with the exception of 12-14 December) visitors to the Manor House, Lee will be able to find out more about the Barings, who owned the property from 1796 to 1898.

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The Baring Archive in Exeter

Posted on Wednesday, 26th September 2012

Until Wednesday 31st October the Devon Heritage Centre is displaying an exhibition of material drawn from The Baring Archive to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Barings Bank.

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EABH Call for Papers

Posted on Monday, 17th September 2012

Foreign Financial Institutions and National Financial Systems

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) e.V.

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The Baring Archive to host Business Archives Council conference

Posted on Wednesday, 22nd August 2012

The Baring Archive will host this year's Business Archives Council conference in November. The theme of the conference is "Born This Way: Business Archives and the Digital Record". For more information and to book a place, please visit the Business Archives Council's website.

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New Risks & Rewards website launched

Posted on Thursday, 2nd August 2012

What do you know about the world of high finance? How good would you be as an investor?

Using actual sources from The Baring Archive, this site opens up the world of finance past and present.

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