Business Archives

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Business Archives

​The History of Glasgow Businesses

Archives of local businesses both large and small are held here, reflecting the wide variety of commercial activity in Glasgow and the West of Scotland over the centuries.

These include:

  • Shipbuilders
  • Iron & steel workers
  • Merchants and warehousemen
  • Retailers
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Carriers and ship-owners
  • Fabric and thread manufacturers
  • Paper-makers
  • Potters and brick-makers
  • Chemical manufacturers

Some of the biggest collections have been deposited by firms of solicitors and accountants.  However, these tend to consist mainly of clients’ papers rather than records of the business itself.

Please contact us for further information if you are interested in a particular company or type of business.

It should be noted that archives of many businesses are held by the University of Glasgow, including the Scottish Brewing Archive.

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