The Barings Archives has an extensive collection of documents located primarily in the ING building in the City of London.
The firm that became known as Baring Brothers was established in 1762, and it quickly became one of Great Britain’s most important firms in the financing of domestic and international trade. As you may know, Barings became insolvent in 1995 as a result of unauthorised trading by one of its employees, Nick Leeson. ING of the Netherlands acquired the majority of the business, and in 2004, MassMutual Financial Group bought the asset management arm.
Today the Barings Archives continues as a charitable trust. I joined its Board of Trustees earlier this year.
The link below takes you to the Archives’ webpage. Its archivists are in the process of digitising as much of the collection as possible, but the vast majority of the archive is not yet digitised.
If you are doing research on international financial institutions and/or international trade, I encourage you to click on the link below and browse the collection:
Dr. Rowena Olegario
Co-Director, Global History of Capitalism
Oxford Centre for Global History
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