The HSBC archives reflect the colourful and eventful history of HSBC – the core of annual reports, minute books and accounting ledgers is supplemented by a huge variety of material which records how their staff lived and worked, and the business environments in which their customers operated.
The archives include letters, photographs, cartoons, films, advertising, banknotes, architectural drawings and interviews with staff – all of which can shed light on the social, economic and political history of those communities and countries where HSBC has done business.
The archives of HSBC are open to the public, by appointment, and are used by researchers for a huge variety of reasons including family history; business, economic and social history; architectural research; and background research for radio and television programmes.
HSBC Archives contain information from 86 countries and there are 180,757 catalogued items including more than 500 hours of recorded interviews with employees.
To find out more and to arrange an appointment for research at the archives: