Global commodities

Trial access is now available to the Global commodities online archive resource here.

Access continues up to 31 October 2015.

Please send your feedback to rmr29@cam.ac.uk.

Global commodities features records of individual traders, showing patterns of consumption for a range of commodities over time; business accounts and records of both small and large companies from an early fur trapper to a major chocolate manufacturer; dock accounts describing the development of a major port from 1755 to 1960.

Also included are Bills of Entry for major ports which show changing patterns of trade between 1820 and 1939; 17th and 18th century Trade Returns and Prices Current for key markets; material on the discovery and exploitation of commodities in Asia, Africa and the Americas from 1492 to 2000; government records concerning taxation, economic development and colonial business schemes; exhibition catalogues; statistical sources documenting world trade; and a vast range of visual material including advertising and packaging, photographs, paintings and prints.

 

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