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Cunard Archive

Cunard RMS Queen Mary poster

The archive of the Cunard Steamship Co Ltd contains most of the surviving business records produced by Cunard since it became a limited company in 1878. A unique source for researching Cunard's growth and development, the administrative papers reflect the management and operational activities of the company.

Occupying over 400 linear metres the archive is arranged to reflect the departments and functions present within the business. Many of the records date from the inter-war period. There are records across various media ranging from committee papers and minutes to correspondence and publicity material.

Please note that not all catalogues are searchable online, work is currently underway to make further catalogues available electronically. All catalogues can be consulted in printed form in the reading room.

The archive is complemented by Cunard Associated Deposits, a collection of items deposited by individuals with personal connections to the shipping company.